Standing Tool Cabinet

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Project by Chris posted 03-21-2009 04:44 AM 4854 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Seems like I’ve been building a lot of storage lately. This came from plans in ShopNotes. It’s a pretty goodsized cabinet with a decent amount of drawer space. The moldings were made from the same stock as the cabinet on the router table. There is a shelf that i managed not to capture near the bottom that I keep some larger jigs on as well. All in all I’m pretty happy with it, and it’s one of the better looking things in my shop.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 05:01 AM

Hey Chris this is a nice looking unit. I really like the 2 panel doors. I have that door on all the cabinets in my house. I see that the bottom 2 drawers use metal extensions for rolling smoothly (make up a description when you can’t remember what they are called). Are the smaller drawers inside the cabinet on drawer guides (I knew it would come to me) too?

-- Gary D.

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 05:22 AM

Hi Gary,
The drawers inside the doors are made as an assembly that goes in after the carcase is complete. These drawers have dadoes on the sides of the drawer and runners on the box that they ride on.

You think you had trouble remembering something – I had to go downstairs to see how they were set up!

-- Chris

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Todd Thomas

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 12:14 PM

very nice…and useful too….good job, looks good

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#4 posted 03-21-2009 05:28 PM

I can never make something that nice for my shop. I always slam something together that just makes do. Nice addition to your shop.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 05:11 AM

Great looking tool chest. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-24-2009 05:56 PM

Very Nice,

I wish I had something like this, although I don’t really have the room for it, it sure would be nice to have all my tools in one spot, I was just using my block plane the other day and now, you know the rest. I can’t find it
until I don’t need it.

Great Job

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#7 posted 03-08-2010 09:35 PM

One thing I did want to mention about this cabinet, as I just came up from the shop and it’s fresh in my mind, is that when building drawers into a cabinet that are covered by inset doors as this project is, you want to allow enough space for the drawer to come out without having to open the door much past 90 degrees. On this cabinet I didn’t and the doors need to be open almost 180 degrees to not block the drawers. In other words, in the main picture (which is deceiving) the doors are not actually open far enough to clear the drawer space. Very frustrating!

-- Chris

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#8 posted 08-25-2010 05:15 PM

Chris this is a beautiful tool storage cabinet. You did an excellent job with this cabinet. It looks like it is a very rugged design. Great work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 11-18-2016 08:26 PM

This is a fine tool cabinet. You did a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 11-18-2016 09:01 PM

WOW … you’re gonna cry when you ding that. Great job!

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