Wall Hung Toolbox

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Project by Dorje posted 06-24-2007 09:39 AM 4374 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had to get the tools out from under and off the bench! To tell you the truth, it’s a pretty stupid design. Although I maximized as much room as I could by insetting it into the wall, and making the doors as wide as possible, the doors are too low. Now, I’m going to leave the left side open all the time, so I’m cool there, but the right side only opens 90degrees and I’d have to take anything over 6” or so off the bench to swing it open if I need to get anything! I may end up just taking the right door off and using the three open cases. We’ll see how it goes. Plan to store saws and striking tools over on the right. It’s a work in progress…as you can see!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 06-24-2007 11:10 AM

moving stuff to get inside might drive you crazy after a while .. BUT… it sure does look beautiful!!!! That might counteract the frustration.
Looks like it holds a lot of tools . Beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 06-24-2007 01:59 PM

Your cabinet is well made and very organized. I see your problem on the right. Maybe you could convert your doors into a sliding type of door instead of the piano hinges. This way you could slide the door to the left to access the right side of your cabinet. Of course, it will block your window if you do this and if you build a frame that slides on some runners attached to your cabinet, then you could attach the doors to it with the piano hinges, so you don’t loose the storage on the doors. I hope this is making sense. The frame would slide to the left and the left and right doors could open, thus revealing the tools behind the doors, thus you would have cleared your shelves. I don’t know if a sliding dove tail on the top and bottom of the frame would be the way to go or maybe use some type of sliding door hardware. I hope this may stir some ideas that will help you realize the full potential of your toolbox. It looks like you have enough room on the top and bottom to add some boards that will allow this.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 06-24-2007 03:28 PM

This is definately an inspiration for me. I’ve been thinking real hard about tools storage solutions. I like how you have individually fitted the mounting blocks for all of the tools. Lots of good ideas.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-24-2007 03:40 PM

Nice cabinet, too bad that it can’t be used usefully for its original intention.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-24-2007 04:16 PM

Debbie – Thanks for you comments. I will probably just pull that right door off for now – or reconfigure my shelves on the right. Then, if left open all the time like the left side is, I’ll be peachy!

oscorner – good idea…not sure that I’m going to put that much more effort into it, but I do get what you’re saying. It may be a bit hardware intensive, as I would guess that sliding dovetails would bind under the weight, and would have to go with the hardware option. Also, not concerned about that window, which looks into the woodshed and lets in no light! I opted to block that window.

Wayne – I probably could’ve been smarter about tool layout, but I just put them where I wanted to get to them. For instance, the planes could all be sideways to take up less room, but didn’t want to do that. There’s a lot of room in the case, I don’t have a ton of tools, and it’s the kind of case that you don’t mind making changes to if and when needed.

Karson – I’m using it – intentionally! I didn’t build it just for my existing conditions. I’m building for the future! I think I’m in this shop for another few, but wanted to get a larger cabinet together to take with me. I’ll be using the same doors on a deeper wall hung cabinet in the future – just couldn’t maximize potential with my current situation. Ideally, I’d like to have a bench away from the wall with the cabinet behind me.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 06-24-2007 05:03 PM

Dorje, great toolbox. If you look at my shop pictures I think I need just this sort of thing right above my bench. I’m not happy with what is there now. I like the dimensions of what you’ve done and your execution. I’ll run into the same problem with the piano hinge, so I think I’ll use the sliding door option. I have a storage room behind that wall, so I think I’ll build a header and just push the entire chest back into the wall. Anyway, great idea that sparked an idea for my shop. Thanks for sharing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 06-24-2007 05:25 PM

Nice work for your storage. It has to be a step up even if its not perfict for table space. My tools should be so lucky, they get a used candy rack.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 06-24-2007 07:19 PM

very cool…I now want to go out and look at my walls…I am far off from a dedicated space…but looking to the future for at least one end of my garage to be dedicated to my shop…very nice job even though you have run into some issues with the finished product…all your work is beautiful!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-25-2007 12:30 AM

It sure beats my pegboard with hooks that keep falling out when I select a tool.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 06-25-2007 05:28 AM

Very nice….A box like this is high on my things to make list. I want to make one that I can hang from a french cleat in the shop and move outside when I’m in my “bigger” shop. I definitley need to get organized. If nothing else when my wife or kids borrow a tool (shudder) they will know where to put it back…no more excuses about Dad’s messy shop.

I like this one in FWW but I don’t think I’ll build one as deep, it would take up 1/3 of my shop.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 06-25-2007 05:34 AM

I guess I am going to have to subscribe to the FWW on-line site. Feels like I’m missing some good stuff.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 06-25-2007 05:38 AM

great looking toolbox, could you put things in that door that you could lift overhead. I was thinking maybe a couple of those compression lifts and hinge it on top and lift it overhead. Then figure out someway to use that tool space. Just another thought. Wish I had one like it, I’d find someplace for it. So if you get to frustrated my address is …......... jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 06-26-2007 01:04 AM

Bob – I like that one too – I especially like this one

(for those that don’t subscribe to FWW – this is the page before opening the pdf, so it’ll be small, but you should be able to see it!)

Mike – If I lifted it overhead, I’d still have a problem with things on the bench. Think I’ll take it off for now. or find a way to swing it all the way open.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 01-11-2008 06:12 AM

Someday… ah, someday… I’ll have a “proper” hand tool bench, and I would love to have one of these hanging over it.

Beautiful work, Dorje. May it inspire you to reach inside, grab your favorite plane, and build something.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 01-11-2008 09:18 PM

Dorje – This is a great box! It beats the heck out my pegboard!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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