Rolling Tool Cabinet

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Project by Tom posted 02-11-2019 03:16 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I inherited a nice set of mechanics tools in a good size metal tool box. The tool box was quite heavy and I wanted a cart to roll it around.

I built a simple frame made of 2×4s which was just bolted and screwed together. This would have been good enough to roll the tool box around, but I decided to add plywood panels and create an enclosed cabinet. I then decided to add a couple drawers as well. This is a simple design that is just screwed together with no real effort to hide the screw heads. Even the drawers are just screwed butt joints. I painted it with Rustoleum gray oil base to have some oil and grease resistance. I added some cheap black utility handles for the drawers and pulls.

I really like the way it turned out and I mostly used scrap lumber from other cabinet projects. It has some heft to the size and weight that keeps it stable with the heavy tool box on top. The whole thing probably cost about $50 for the drawer hardware and rollers. I also added black tool matting to the drawers and top.

I keep automotive parts in the top drawer and plumbing tools and parts in the second drawer. My oil and grease equipment is on the bottom shelf.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 03:49 PM

Very handy. Looks great too. Shop furnishings don’t have to made to furniture specs, but it is nice when they are painted. It gives the shop a good atmosphere to work in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-11-2019 09:06 PM

Nicely done! That should serve you well for many years!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 06:40 PM

Great work, it looks amazing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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