Sliding Door Tool Cabinet

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Project by vrice posted 01-08-2012 09:56 PM 14956 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had this one on my list for some time and finally got around to building it over the holidays. This is a sliding door tool cabinet I saw built on the Woodsmith Shop on PBS many months ago. You can find their plans for this here.
I made one significant change for the version I built. My version used the entire lenght of a 4 ft x 8 ft sheet of pegboard. I created a Sketchup model for this modified design which can be found here.
Another less significant change is I built mine from popular. After milling up rough popular I spent a little less than I would have spent on construction lumber from Lowes. Plus I like the extra degree of control you get from milling from rough stock. However I did discover one pain I had not experienced before. Several pieces of the cabinet were 96” long. After milling these pieces to size I noticed the bloody wood gained a warp. This wasn’t a big issue in general since I could simply cinch up on the pieces with the screws used. However, this did turn out to be an issue with the utilitiy bins, which I chose to add to the bottom of the cabinet. Given this has 20 dados, getting it all to match up was a bit of a challenge after the wood moved on me. Nothing like a BFH to solve that problem here. This was acceptable given this wasn’t fine furniture.
Also I chose the use a french cleat hanging system rather than the direct lag bolt approach used on the PBS show. This is a much simpler, in my opinion, way to hang stuff like this.
Lastly, I’d love to hear some suggestions on good pegboard hooks. The non-locking kind I had a bunch of suck. As you can see I put a little masking tape on hooks I knew would come out when lifting off the item it is holding. On the PBS show they reviewed some nifty ones, I thought, that I can’t find ANYWHERE. These had a simple button that when pushed locked in the hook. I did see two differnt kinds on the net. One uses a locking screw and other are Flex-Lock hooks. I couldn’t discern from the website exactly how they worked. If you have had success with a particular locking pegboard hook mention in a comment please. I’d love to get my hands on something that really works.

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 10:59 PM

Good job a real handy storage unit.


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#3 posted 01-09-2012 02:35 AM

That came out great and should serve you well

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 02:46 AM

Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m in the process of organizing my messy shop and have been tidying up for the last two days.. I had this sliding door shop cabinet idea already in mind to build one, but you came through in time by posting yours here. Looks really great, and just what I need. Thanks again for sharing this.


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#5 posted 01-09-2012 03:13 AM


Your storage cabinet turned out very well. I just watched the Woodsmith video of that build a couple of days ago. Your bins on the bottom are a great addition to the WSS design.

I have a BFH in my shop for “fine tuning” as well. ;-)

Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 01-09-2012 04:17 AM

I agree with brtech…
I use those hooks, can buy them on ebay too.

I bought a CRAP load of them ( J and L )
If ya PM me your address I would snail mail you a few samples.

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 04:37 AM

Wow. Thanks for the offer Brian. They aren’t that expensive so I’m going to order a batch and give them a try. Thanks again.

-- Vic Rice

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#8 posted 01-20-2012 05:10 AM

My pegboard hooks, the large assorted pack, arrived today. THEY WORK GREAT! Thanks Brian and brtech for the recommendation.

-- Vic Rice

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