Tool Armoire

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Project by KelvinGrove posted 08-10-2014 11:59 PM 2438 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got tired of the everything being in boxes and hiding (or not fitting) in the lockers you see in this picture. So I was planning a tool cabinet. A fellow lumber jock was joking around and suggested a “tool armoire” and I figured, “why not”?

This is built on a 2X4 frame to support the weight. The drawers are made of MDF with dovetails front and back. I don’t think I will do that again. (Every project teaches me more about how to NOT do things).

The side skin and door panels are 5 MM under lay which has a nice color. The drawer fronts are 3/4 hardwood with the edges banded with strips cut on my new band saw. (every now and then you can get a good deal on Craig’s List).

As you can see, I held the bottom of the saw till drawer up very high in the body and cut slots in it so that my saws actually sit flat in the drawer. There is also room for my drills in there so that drawer ended up doing double duty. In the top I build pull out drawers for the right side and, at least for now, plastic bins from that cursed W store for the left. I did this to make good use of the space which would not work if it had regular drawers in it since you would have to be 7 feet tall to see into the top one.

So, I have a router drawer, saw till drawer, sander drawer, C-clamp drawer, measuring tool and safety gear drawer, and still have storage in the top behind the doors. And, like everyone else, stuff piled on top.

On interesting thing is, the drawer pulls are all made from some pieces of oak I found in my father-in-law’s shop after he passed away. A nice touch since some of the tools stored in there came from his shop as well.

Anyone want to buy some lockers????

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 10:25 AM

Looks like you put a lot of thought and effort into this project Kelvin…nice job.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 01:08 PM

Nothing like being organized and having a proper place for your things.

When you need a tool or supplies, it is nice to be able to find it when you need it.

I like it.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 12:41 AM

great cabinet,well thought out and very organized.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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