Breakfront Hand Tool Cabinet

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Project by Bricofleur posted 07-28-2015 06:10 PM 3969 views 20 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the project I had in mind for years. Finally done. The door fronts are 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood, the sides and the backs are 3/4” birch plywood and all moldings are walnut. For the finish I applied Linseed oil.

It’s 32” tall (think basement workshop) and all components, let’s say the doors, are 18” wide, meaning the whole unit spans 9 feet wide when opened. It was fun burning some tools on the doors so everyone will know it belongs to a woodworker.

Look for more photos and all construction details from this page of my blog. (look for Old Posts button down below each page).

It took me years to finally build it, I believe it will take years to manufacture all required hand tool holders ! LOL

Thanks for spending time to take a look at my new hand tool cabinet which I’m very proud of.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 07-28-2015 06:17 PM

You did a nice job on this tool cabinet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 07-28-2015 06:23 PM

Wow! Serge, you are as skilled at woodburning as you are at woodworking!
Very nice indeed!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 07-28-2015 06:34 PM

I wouldn’t hasitate to put those cabinets into kitchen rather than in workshop. Great job! Those tools on doors are extraordinary.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 07-28-2015 06:42 PM

Great job. Love this design…and the burnings…

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#5 posted 07-28-2015 08:11 PM

Great job. Lots of space. Nice wood burning job.

It shouldn’t take you long to make the custom tool holders. It only took me a month to make mine.

Don’t forget to post when all the tool holders are made and the cabinet is full of tools.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 07-28-2015 09:24 PM

Really like a lot. Make a good job on these. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 07-29-2015 12:01 AM


Nice work. Looks like you found some creative juice in my suggestion? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 07-29-2015 12:40 AM

Really lovely work Serge, I’m glad you finally got to this job it looks great.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#9 posted 07-29-2015 12:23 PM

Nice work Serge, looks like might need to reconsider my pegboard n’ shelves arrangement !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 07-29-2015 12:28 PM

You did a super job on these. Wood burning the tools on the front is a great idea, agree it shows a wood workers cabinet. As for making the tool hangers, I don’t think that will take as long as you say. I believe you will hit it with a passion to fill these beauty’s up! Thanks for sharing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 07-29-2015 03:33 PM

You should be proud. That is a really nice cabinet!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 07-29-2015 04:26 PM

Great work!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#13 posted 07-29-2015 04:56 PM

Thank you all guys for your comments. As I like to browse looking for inspiration and great projects, I’m committed to share what I build as well.

Happy Woodworking !


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#14 posted 07-29-2015 06:12 PM

Very nice Serge! that’s awesome woodburning on the front! can’t wait to see what you do to the inside :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#15 posted 07-30-2015 05:54 PM

Hello Serge

Just a word : Fantastic work ( ooups two words !!)

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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