Corner tool turret & storage cabinets

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Project by mountainaxe posted 10-10-2011 08:56 PM 23996 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished a shop storage project I’ve been thinking about tackling for a while. It’s based on an article that I found in a 1964 Popular Science magazine about the New York World’s Fair. Popular Science built a couple of model shops for the exhibit. I actually attended the Fair with my parents. I really liked their idea for a set of corner cabinets and a revolving tool turret. It holds two drills, a sander, a router, and a jig saw. Below the shelves is a circular saw holder that slides forward on a track. As it turned out, this project was perfect for a corner of my shop. It was fairly simple to build from 3/4” plywood and is very functional. Using otherwise wasted space, I’m now able to readily find tools that I tend to use the most.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 10-11-2011 12:25 AM

interesting idea:-) Thanks for the post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 07:42 AM

Corners are usually quite the waste. You have found a way around that. 1964?? Man, I thought my 1980’s magazines were old…...........

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 08:14 AM

This really works nicely in a corner. I saw a similar project in the ShopNotes a while ago—it was actually included in “The Complete Small Shop” Taunton publication. Their version had several benchtop tools mounted on top for easy access, and had some built-in drawers in the tabletop itself.

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#4 posted 10-11-2011 01:10 PM

Nice job looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 03:21 PM

Great idea, nice work!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 12-01-2011 08:58 PM

outrageously cool!!!I don’t know about you but I hate reaching to the back of any cabnet and corner cabs are deeper. So much potential, simple design, out in clear sight, easy to reach, ?What else could a guy ask for and all shops have 4 or more corners. One of the biggest problems woodworkers have is remembering where each tool is thats why some of us have more than one of each tool, (couldn’ find it so had to buy another). The old addage out of sight out of mind really applies unless you have corner cabnets.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 04:28 AM

I went to the 1964 New York World’s Fair! I was 12. It was a wonder then! All the modern displays seem so old hat now – but it was incredibly futuristic then.

This cabinet is a clever add to the shop.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#8 posted 02-01-2012 04:34 AM

Very nice set up a great job.

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#9 posted 02-01-2012 10:00 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. Having used this setup for a while now, I’ve found it very functional and it doesn’t interfere with work in progress. Aesthetically, it’s rather nice to look at, too. Not bad for a 48 year old set of plans.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#10 posted 07-09-2013 08:38 PM

great stuff !

Great idea and our project looks real nice.

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#11 posted 09-01-2016 10:29 AM

Wow, kind of looks like a potters wheel. Good job.

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#12 posted 06-29-2018 12:32 PM

I recently rebuilt the lower part of this comer cabinet. Basically took it apart to:

1. Lower it to the height of my RAS;
2. Added a second level to the lazy susan to hold more tools;
3. Added a door to the lazy susan to keep out sawdust;
4. Recovered unit with on hand plywood;
5. Added a new power plug strip;
6. Applied golden oak stain and sealed with tongue oil;
7. Bolted down a new Versa Vice & added lighting.

Very happy with usability and look of new cabinet.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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