Tool Cabinet for a Workbench

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Project by need2boat posted 04-11-2011 03:59 AM 10203 views 23 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found these plans in the 2006 fine woodworking. I needed to build the finger joint jig as this was the first time I used them. I also change up the size slightly but other then that it was per the instructions. I’m very happy with the design and final product, works great for me. I used ambrosia maple as I have a good deal of it and birch plywood for the rest.

-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 04:07 AM

As I’m fond of saying … I tend to resent people whose shop furniture is nicer than my home furniture.

In other words …. beautiful job !

Looks like you left room for bench dog and clamp clearance above it, too. Smart !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 06:49 AM

Very nice!! This is one I want to make for my own little shop!!


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#3 posted 04-11-2011 08:19 AM

Great job, cool front. Like it very much.
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 09:01 AM

Great tool cupboard ,love the full extension drawers must make using it a real pleasure.Many thanks for sharing it.

-- measure twice cut once!!!!!!! whoops

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 09:29 AM

Great looking, and a wonderful upgrade to a wonderful workbench.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 03:38 PM

Great looking cabinets and a compliment to your bench.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 04-11-2011 04:37 PM

Nice looking drawers, well done.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#8 posted 04-11-2011 04:46 PM

Looks good, all that extra space will come in handy, nice job on the draws and cabinets, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 05:56 PM

great job, this is on my to build list for the workbench I just finished!

-- Jay,

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#10 posted 04-11-2011 07:23 PM

That’s a real nice workbench and you did a great job on the tool cabinet.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 04-11-2011 10:26 PM

very nice job and it looks good in the bench :-)

take care

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#12 posted 04-12-2011 02:57 AM

This is some nice inspiration. I need to do something similar for one of my benches.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 05-12-2011 03:53 AM

Nice job I’d like to make a set of these myself if and when I do I’ll post some pics

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#14 posted 11-03-2011 07:51 PM

Nice job! But… I need to build a bench first. Did you build yours? If so can I get the plans? I have some 4×6 yellow pine that I would like to use.

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#15 posted 11-04-2011 10:12 PM


I did build the bench but I bought it kind of underway from the same guy I bought my table saw from. It’s from a book on building benches. When I bought it he gave me a copy, a pile of wood for the base and he had stared the top. It was kind of funny because the add was just for the saw and two workbench vises. I got there and he said “do you want the wood I was going to use, I’ll throw it in. ;-)

That said I can look when I get home but I don’t think I have the plans and knowing all I know now I would have done it differently. It’s to long for my small shop and I’m left handed so the tail vice and side clamps don’t really work properly for me.

I know Chris Schwarz has done quite a bit of research and writing about benches and I think provided free plans. I would do some googling and I’m sure you’ll find something.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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