Tool cabinet

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Project by Rasta posted 11-13-2009 05:11 PM 2704 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i started this projject in early March, when i got called up to work out of town I had only cut some of the main pieces of the carcass. I returned home from work in late September eager to finish this project that had been sitting in my shop for far too long and did so. The final product was too heavy for me to lift, so , with the help of a nieghbor we mounted it on the wall on a cleat, the plan was to put more than the two cleats on as it was so heavy, a few beers later my neighbor left and I stayed with beer in hand to admire my work when it fell hitting my head and then the floor, I nearly went down, recovered and saw the damage. The finger joints on the right lower corner were busted apart. After considering burning the damned thing I realized that I had started this project in March and it must be saved. I beat the joint back together with rubber mallet and curse words and came up with what you see here, a decent looking tool cabinet that is racked enough to tell when the doors are closed. I used oak plywood and the handles are made from walnut, some out of pieces of firewood I had when i bought my machinery and milled them out of want to run my machines.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 06:17 PM

Nice. A tool cab. like that is on my short list of things to build. I like the plane storage behind the inner doors.

Good to know about the cleats.


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#2 posted 11-13-2009 06:20 PM

Nice tools cabinet.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 06:27 PM

Beautifully done. Glad you recovered, and had the presence of mind NOT to torch the thing!

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 11-13-2009 06:50 PM

Nice tools cabinet.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 11-13-2009 07:31 PM

Only thing better than your cabinet is the story. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#6 posted 11-13-2009 07:37 PM

Nice tool cabinet.

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#7 posted 11-13-2009 08:18 PM

Nice job! I am currently working on my own version of that same plan. I opted to skip the drawers in favor of space for plastic bins (yeah… cop out, I know). I also screwed and glued mine together instead of using the finger joints. To hopefully increase strength, I used 3/4 ply for the back, and instead of a rabbet joint, I laid it flush onto the sides and used 2” screws (many) all the way around.

I’m glad you shared your story about it coming off the wall, because that has been a big concern for me with this cabinet. My plan is to lag bolt a 2×4 to the wall, and brace that with legs extending all the way to the floor. That way, much of the weight will be supported all the way down. There will be a shelf unit in front of this bracing, so it won’t be obvious. I intend to use six 1/4×3 lag screws going through the 3/4” back directly into the studs to hold the thing to the wall. I thought maybe all this was overkill, but now I feel pretty justified. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 01:04 AM

Nice tool storage cabinet.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#10 posted 11-14-2009 03:02 AM

Great job! Remember what goes up must come down and then go up again.


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#11 posted 11-14-2009 07:43 AM

Nice cabinet…..great recovery from the incident. Looks good.
Did you earmark one of the drawers for Twinkie storage?

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#12 posted 11-14-2009 08:20 AM

you know I am stumped with a tool box. I have these really great hand tools that I use for making chairs and can make just about anything, but making a tool box to hang on the wall or on legs with a roller under it is just giving me headaches??? Where did you start? Did you design it for future tools?

I was thinking of building like a double tool wall cabinet with the tools I have now and one for future stuff.

I amkinda weird when it comes to boxes. I have one box for dovetail tools, each chair has its own angle blocks and patterns and so on.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#13 posted 11-29-2009 06:25 AM

pete, just build a 2nd box if once you acquire more tools.

Nice tool cabinet Rasta.

-- Tony

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#14 posted 03-26-2010 10:40 PM

And I see that you have made some beautiful toolcabinets!
Not just old wine…
I smile ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 03-26-2010 11:04 PM

Some of you guys out there Make some nifty tool cabinets, I couldn’t possibly fit all my tools in one cabinet.

More, More, More IMHO :)

Cool looking Cabinet!! like the drawers.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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