Hand Tool Cabinet

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Project by bj383ss posted 12-11-2011 09:12 PM 4455 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Hand Tool Cabinet I built using plans from Fine Woodworking. It is made from plywood and some Pecan edging. It is only about half way full , so I have plenty of room for future tools. All of the Screwdrivers on the door were my grandpas. Some of them are Protos from the 1960’s. The large handsaw was also his. I haven’t made any racking for the inside part yet just have a couple of drillbit cases stored there.


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#1 posted 12-11-2011 09:16 PM

Looks great, have fun filling it up!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 11:21 PM

Great looking cabinet Bret. It appears you have a nice selection/collection of hand tools and now, a place to keep them all. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 01:01 AM

Great functioning cabinet, and well executed too! I just am in process of completing my own hand tool cabinet, and have a question. Re the inner doors, what type of hinges have you used? Thanks in advance. Happy Holidays!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 01:07 AM

Doesn’t it feel good to try and be organized…...........

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

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 01:31 AM

Gerry the inside hinges were just regular hinges. 2 1/2” long x 1 1/2” wide which is for both leafs. So each side is 3/4” to fit the pylwood flush. I did cut dados so the door would sit flush against the side. The outside doors have piano hinges.


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#6 posted 12-12-2011 01:32 AM

Redryder I have to be organized. One I have OCD, second I hate trying to find something for 10 minutes. Plus I have a bad memory so organization keeps me sane. LOL


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#7 posted 12-12-2011 01:38 AM

Nice way to get orgainized, I like that cabinet. Agreed what a bad memory can do to you. Once I built two drawers into my workbench and then not a few days later spent time looking for (an ultimately giving up looking for) a chisel that turned out to be in one of the new drawers I had just built!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 02:56 AM

This unit can store a ton of tool for sure, I’ve had mine for some years now it been a great organizer for me. You did a nice job on the build, I would recommend some carpet cut off for the plane storage areas, this way you won’t have to retract the blades each time you store your plane away. Enjoy your new storage unit and stay safe my friend…BC

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 03:24 AM

Well done !!

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

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#10 posted 12-26-2011 06:08 AM

This looks great! Do you happen to remember which issue of Fine Woodworking you found the plans in?

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#11 posted 12-26-2011 12:24 PM


It was a special issue Workshop Solutions 2008.


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#13 posted 12-26-2011 03:24 PM

You have built yourself a fine tool cabinet and it will serve you very well. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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