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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-21-2020 01:59 PM 1386 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, a place to store and organize my small tools and some hardware.

I made the frames out 3/4” pine, the drawer sides out of 1/2” Baltic Birch Plywood and the drawer bottoms out of 5/16” HDF. All the knobs are cutoffs from the drawer sides.

As shown, I planned my design so the three parts could also be stacked on a mobile base if required or if I want to.

To learn all about the build, take a look on my blog for all details and tons of photos I shot during the process.

A 24 hours process, or 12 afternoons, and finally two coats of shellac.

Best,
Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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#1 posted 02-21-2020 02:04 PM

Nice.

How do you know what is where?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 02-21-2020 02:16 PM

That is gorgeous! Everytime I do a good job organizing my shop it is time well spent. Doing it so beautifully is a permanent reminder on later projects to remain committed to quality. Are the upper panels decorated with pyrography? I’d love to see behind those doors.
Thanks!

-- Tod, Powell Ohio

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#3 posted 02-21-2020 02:45 PM



Nice.

How do you know what is where? Looks fantastic!

- Madmark2


Hah, this was my first reaction. I would wear out the drawer slides trying to remember where I put something.

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#4 posted 02-21-2020 02:46 PM



Nice.

How do you know what is where?

- Madmark2

you need 3/4” screws, that will be in drawer 487 row J column 37….lol

Awesome job this really do look great

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#5 posted 02-21-2020 02:46 PM

That is what I call profi organisation!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-21-2020 02:47 PM

That came out Great, Serge. Thank You for Sharing your Fantastic Work as Always.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#7 posted 02-21-2020 02:56 PM

My parts bins aren’t nearly as nice. I took a different approach. I tried to make the front of each bin different to allow easy identification.


It looks like hell but keeps a lot of stuff at hand!

The bins are interchangeable so I can easily recognize the bin no matter where located. Each pair of boxes fold shut and latches for transport. The bin faces don’t align so stuff doesn’t migrate if the box tumbles.

The missing bins are out around the shop. I bring the bin to the work – an advantage over drawers.

The bins all have a common size and can be mixed and matched anywhere in the boxes. Some of the bins have lexan dividers for smaller items.

When looking for the ‘right’ screw it is sometimes easier to bring the bin to the work instead of walking back and forth trying different items to fit.

The stand has it’s own switched outlets, storage for small power tools and wheels.
The pullout draw has a plane store and chisel holder under the rest of the crap.

Pliers of all types are on top along with the router bit storage. Screw drivers and driver bits are on the right.

This whole stack is to the right of the saw/router and I can complete lots of small projects without having to leave my chair.


A slightly neater view – note the laser labeling on some bins

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#8 posted 02-21-2020 04:21 PM

A lot of work, and very nice.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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#9 posted 02-21-2020 06:59 PM



Nice.

How do you know what is where?

- Madmark2

That will be my daily neurones workout !

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 02-21-2020 07:25 PM

Wow, Serge, that is extreme alright, Nice work.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#11 posted 02-21-2020 07:26 PM



That is gorgeous! Everytime I do a good job organizing my shop it is time well spent. Doing it so beautifully is a permanent reminder on later projects to remain committed to quality. Are the upper panels decorated with pyrography? I d love to see behind those doors.
Thanks!

- Tod

Yes, pyrography.

Take a look inside and notice I have more work to do still, particularly in the large center cabinet (last pic), where inner doors will be added for larger hand tools.

You can also watch the whole build from A to Z (12 posts) of my wall tool cabinet.

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#12 posted 02-21-2020 07:31 PM

Marmark2, As long as your system works, it’s as good as mine ! :)

Best,
Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#13 posted 02-21-2020 08:32 PM

Very nice! It’s hard to imagine outgrowing that for small parts/tools storage.

You seem very organized, so I doubt you’ll have any trouble rememberIng where things are stored. If it ever becomes a problem, you could always use a dovetail bit to rout shallow slots in the handle faces, and then you could slide little labels into them.

-- Ron Stewart

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#14 posted 02-21-2020 08:51 PM

Good idea Ron. For now I’ll train my neurones to remember where the stuff here. At 70 years old it’ll be good exercise.

Best,
Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#15 posted 02-21-2020 10:10 PM

Excellent storage. I have made a similar, but smaller case with only 2 rows of 6 bays each. I first saw the idea in a book by Jim Stack, “Building The Perfect Tool Chest” years ago. Your picture journey on your blog is much better in showing a person the how to. That was some write up, congratulations.

I too hope you remember where you put everything. Only having 2 rows I get lost about 20 % of the time. You are correct though, using our powers of recall often, make for good brain exercises.

-- Think safe, be safe

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