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Dec 31, 2021

Although I built this earlier this year I thought take some time to share another organizational project,

As my tool collection expands so does the need for storage expand. With my original tool cabinet maxed out an auxiliary tool cabinet was needed.

I found a space to the left of my original tool cabinet the was just big enough to hang this auxiliary tool cabinet.

I decided to use 3-1/2 inch butt door hinges to prevent any door sagging. As a result the left side of the cabinet that would have the hinges was made with 1 inch plywood so the screws would not exit on the inside of the cabinet. The rest of the cabinet was made with 3/4 inch plywood

The box sides and top was joined with 3/8 inch finger joints. The box dimensions are 24 inches wide, 36 inches tall and 12 inches deep.

The front and back is 3/4 inch plywood that was rabbeted and attached with screws.

After the box sides, front and back was glued together I carefully cut it apart with my table saw. The front half was 3 inches and the back half was 9 inches.

The hinges were attached to the left side of the cabinet. A core bit was used to make a groove so that the hinge barrel would rest in the groove so that the hinge leaves would sit flat against the side of the cabinet.

The groove above each hinge was extended to allow the removal of the hinge pins.

To increase storage space an internal door made out of 3/4 inch plywood was added. It was placed 6 inches from the back of the box. A piece of 3/4 inch thick X 1-1/2” inch wide hardwood was added to the right side of the inside of the box to which the internal door would be attached. This allowed the door to open fully without any tool holder coming in contact with the outer box side. The four hinges for the internal door were 2-1/2 X 3/4 inch cabinet hinges that were modified so that it had removable pins (nails).

Magnet catches were added on the top and bottom to keep the door closed and also act as a door stops.

To keep the door open I added a spring that I had laying around the shop to the top of the cabinet. It helps to keep the door fully opened or closed.

On the lower corner of the cabinet I added a piece of metal to help align the door when it closed. A window sash lock was also added which in hindsight was not really needed. I turned a round knob to provide a handle to open and close the door.

The cabinet was hung on the wall with french cleats made from 3/4 inch plywood.

Here the cabinet is hung on the wall. A strip of hardwood was added to the front side of the cabinet to serve as a stop when the front door was opened fully.

This is the front of the tool cabinet with tools.

This is the tool cabinet with the front door opened with tools.

This the tool cabinet with the interior door opened with more tools.

Now I have more space to add more tools.

Hope you enjoyed this project description and hopefully it gives you ideas for organizing the tools in your shop.

Have a Happy New Year.

Comments and questions appreciated.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-31-2021 11:06 PM

WOW…I like it. A lot of design ideas went into that cabinet and you did a fine job building it ..expecially with all the joints!!......................Happy New Year….............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-31-2021 11:22 PM

Nearly as impressed as with your original… that’s not a demeanor as I thought the first one was revolutionary… this is just as impressive but after the first, lacked the surprise factor.

Should get off my rrrs and start implementing some of your ideas as with my open display, the tools have nearly doubled their weight from the layers of sawdust/dust/dirt/rust and lack of space is forcing me to give away the seldom used ones, or hide them where I always forget.

Only problem is that MDF is not as readily workable with hardware, and decent ply costs more than Fe$tool stuff… as for solids, I’d have to trade-in a few generations of my family.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 12-31-2021 11:52 PM

Excellent design and build. How did you cut the finger joints in the plywood with no splinters??

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#4 posted 01-01-2022 12:09 AM

Nice job on the cabinet. Looks sturdy, french cleats work great for hanging cabinets. Used them in mine.
That is a lot of fingers to glue, great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 01-01-2022 12:18 AM

That is impressive, pratical and efficient with an enormous amount of storage for the space it takes. Looks as though you have more tools than most hardware stores, way to go.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 01-01-2022 01:03 AM

We will add this to the “to do list (possibilities)” after the playhouse is done. Though the shop building will also need to be finished, and that doesn’t start until we relocate.

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#7 posted 01-01-2022 01:49 AM

Nice one.

-- Galootish log blog,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 01-01-2022 02:05 AM

Wow! That is one nice tool cabinet! Great to have everything in a place of it’s own!

Happy New Year!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 01-01-2022 12:12 PM

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Very well done.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 01-01-2022 06:35 PM

nice. Glad you explained the grooved by the hinges, I was trying to figure that out.
Well thought out.

-- Jeff NJ

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#11 posted 01-02-2022 11:07 AM

Very nice…very well made….never enough tool storage..

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-06-2022 06:39 PM

Thanks to everyone who left a comment and to all the others who took the time to look at this post. I did edit the post with a clearer explanation of the hinge groves.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 01-11-2022 04:57 PM

Great design…

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#14 posted 01-12-2022 06:03 PM

Beyond first class, your precise and well designed work is always impressive.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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