Tool Cabinet - Wall mount

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Project by murrayintokyo posted 01-21-2021 10:38 PM 2077 views 16 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My tiny shop needed better organization so built this cabinet to help. Its based on Shop Notes #122 but I reduced the size down to 5ft in length from the original plans. (even now it takes nearly the whole wall!!)

Made from Popular 1×4’s and 1×10’s, plywood backing and some walnut knobs I turned. finished with a simple waterbased poly. Came out nicer than I expected and I am indeed pleased. Time to stock it up!!!

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 11:44 PM

A very nice look with the poplar, and pegboard. If you would have just said it, I don’t think my mind would have seen this cabinet. Detail looks tight, it should do the job you have for it.

Enjoy having a place to organize the tools.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 01-22-2021 12:19 AM

Great job. You did well.

Looks like the one I built a few years back, at 6’ and I used 1/4” ply for the doors instead of the glass.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 01-22-2021 12:30 AM

wow a nice show case for your tools.part of the enjoyment in woodworking is having a beautiful well organized shop,i just love being in mine not even doing anything,it inspires me too create and want to get to 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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#4 posted 01-22-2021 01:05 AM

I love the continuous face. It makes the sapwood standout nicely. I have a question. I was considering doing something like this in my garage, and I figure I have 24 inches between the wall and the end of potentially useful space. Any further and it gets i the way of cars I have to usually park there.

I’ve always liked the pegboard idea, but I feel like it is very wasteful of the potential space For example while having a few chisels available while working is useful, I see some people’s tool storage areas with what seems like 100 chisels and planes. But I would think that a more dense arrangement would be best, with easy access spots for “in use” equipment that you are using for your current project. When done, put them back to where they belong.



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#5 posted 01-22-2021 01:09 AM

Nice! Let’s see it filled!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 01-22-2021 01:15 AM

Nice! Let s see it filled!

- Madmark2

yeah because thats the expensive part of this project!

-- 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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#7 posted 01-22-2021 03:05 AM

Beautiful cabinet.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 01-22-2021 04:49 AM

That’s excellent and I agree, ‘Let’s see it filled’.

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#9 posted 01-22-2021 11:08 AM

Real nice work! I too live the drawer faces (nice detail). I might do the same but with a solid board (not peg board) in the middle.

+1 more on seeing it filled.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 01-22-2021 12:00 PM

Looks terrific. Nice job!

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#11 posted 01-22-2021 12:51 PM

really good looking tool cabinet. I used to think I was better than pegboard, now I see how useful it is. This is a great way to make it look nicer in a good looking shop!

-- Zach

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#12 posted 01-22-2021 01:59 PM

Very nice. Makes me think I need one in my shop.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#13 posted 01-22-2021 02:18 PM

Very nice – clean, tight and love the continuous grain across the drawers.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#14 posted 01-22-2021 02:27 PM

Nice work. It looks great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 01-22-2021 02:47 PM

Where do you get wood grain pegboard? Lowes and Home Depot only carry white or brown

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