Pekovich Inspired Wall Hanging Tool Cabinet

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Project by PlanBWoodworks posted 08-14-2019 12:22 AM 3637 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been practicing my hand cut dovetails for a while now, and I figure the best way to practice them is to use them in a project. Specifically, shop projects. Recently, I built the drawer unit under my bench using dovetails for both the case joinery and the drawers. The dovetails aren’t perfect, but they are functional. I decided to build a hanging tool cabinet for additional practice and to add storage.

I purchased Mike Pekovich’s plans for his tool cabinet and got to work. I altered the height and depth to fit my space. The cabinet is constructed from pine and birch plywood. The fronts for the 2 small drawers are mahogany, matching my sliding deadman and the drawer fronts from my drawer unit under my bench.

I really enjoyed the flexibility that the cabinet offers in terms of tool storage, and it served as a great skill builder for my dovetails and hinge mortising.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-14-2019 01:06 AM

Sweet cabinet, and workbench, and drill station (from your other post)!!!
Your shop is taking shape and its looking good. Its great that you’ve used your dovetailing skills to make a cabinet. Your bench is very cool too.
Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 08-14-2019 09:43 AM

Nice work, it’s so pretty!!!

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#3 posted 08-14-2019 10:15 AM

I am not that organized. All of it is amazing.

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#4 posted 08-14-2019 11:49 AM

Looks great

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#5 posted 08-14-2019 11:59 AM

I dig it.

What is the depth of the doors? Very functional having to two doors per side…lots of storage space.

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#6 posted 08-14-2019 02:06 PM

great cabinet not only good organization but a great way to display all your fine tools.did you build the bench too?

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#7 posted 08-14-2019 02:55 PM

Looks great! I am working on that as well! Slowly, lol. Bought the plans about a month ago and almost finished with the case…It is great practice for dovetails, even though in the video he uses mostly power tools ironically.

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#8 posted 08-14-2019 04:28 PM

“I have been practicing my hand cut dovetails for a while now, and I figure the best way to practice them is to use them in a project.”

That is awesome reasoning, and so very true.

Both the stealth bench, and that cabinet are sweet, and so much good storage for all of those smaller, easily lost, and broken hand tools. Gotta love shop storage. Never enough.

Great post. 4 favorites, another winner.

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#9 posted 08-14-2019 10:26 PM

Thanks all for the feedback!

Hazem- the doors are 3” deep on the inside. When the main doors are closed, the cabinet totals 10.75” deep, 28” wide and 38” tall.

Pottz- I built this bench (hopefully my last… at least for a few years…) back at the start of the year. Used plans from Benchcrafted. The bench is 79” long, 30” wide and 38” tall. It’s probably my favorite piece ever.

SMP- it’s a fun build. Take your time and enjoy it.

Thanks again to everyone for the comments!

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#10 posted 08-15-2019 03:42 AM

Those are some wonderful shop furniture pieces

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#11 posted 08-15-2019 08:19 PM

Wow! Everything looks great!

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