Toolchest with Lights

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Project by Joel Shappell posted 11-27-2019 02:37 AM 1717 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to organize my ‘go to’ tools, be able to see them and keep the dust off. I took Mike Pekovich’s plans, made some modifications to fit my tools along with the inlay and double doors with glass. I really like the way this one turned out. I’m almost out of space and I’ve made the interior as modular as possible so I can move things around if necessary. I originally planned to hang it on the wall, but decided not to as it weighs quite a bit with all the tools. So I made a sturdy set of drawers below to put the cabinet on.

Link to video of my daughter showing it off.

I plan on making a second similar tool cabinet, but still on the drawing board puzzling over a few differences.


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#1 posted 11-27-2019 04:34 AM

Wow! Sooo nice. Too beautiful for the workshop.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 11-27-2019 04:56 AM

Absolutely fantastic. That’s just out of this world.

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#3 posted 11-27-2019 10:50 AM

Very beautiful piece of furniture, well done, bravo !!! thanks for showing.

-- andrek

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#4 posted 11-27-2019 11:09 AM

Fantastic build…first glance it looks like it belongs in your living room.

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#5 posted 11-27-2019 01:01 PM

You have raised the bar on “shop furniture” to a whole new level. Absolutely beautiful!

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#6 posted 11-27-2019 01:35 PM

It is for dinning room, is it? ))) Wow!

(continue to jock about carving turkey))))

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#7 posted 11-27-2019 02:50 PM

this reminds me of the famous studley tool chest.this takes tool storage to a whole new level.really shows the respect you have for quality tools,is it over the top,sure but why not.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 11-27-2019 03:14 PM

In the wood shop if it weren’t for the lathe in the background in the first shot, I would have bet that cabinet was in the Library or any other elegant room of the house.
sort of a round about way of my saying how darned nice it is !!

I watched the video – such a beautiful piece of well thought out furniture
congrats on the DT3 that is surely on it’s way

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 11-27-2019 03:35 PM

Very nice, the lights inside were a great idea

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#10 posted 11-28-2019 01:44 AM

That is amazing…way too nice for a tool well done.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 11-28-2019 03:21 AM

Wow that’s nicer then most my furniture!!

-- Matt R

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#12 posted 11-29-2019 12:43 PM

I love it and as a certified tool geek, I think all our tools need to be treated that well! You have definitely given me something to think about when designing the new woodworking area up at my store.
The video was very helpful as well, to understand how the cabinet doors work…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#13 posted 11-30-2019 12:25 AM

Nice! Lots of storage. I dig the lights, too. Maybe I need to get rid of the melamine cabinets and metal two-drawer files and do something like this. I’d have to buy more planes and bench chisels, though. That’s going to be a heart-breaker. ;)

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

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