Hanging Tool Cabinet for Hand Tools

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Project by dpow posted 03-20-2012 02:31 AM 23034 views 102 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The hand tool collection started out with a few planes and scrapers that had been my great grandpa’s that he had given to my grandpa, who gave them to me. They(the tools, not the grandpas) had been setting around for years collecting dust in my shop. I decided to sharpen the plane irons to see how well they worked….shavings from a sharp hand plane are sort of fun to make. I was hooked. So, the collection slowly grew. From auctions, flea markets, and eBay, I have brought this collection together. I have admired many of the hanging tool cabinets here on Lumberjocks as well as a few I’ve seen in Fine Woodworking magazine and others I have found online. I wanted a cabinet that was both functional and nice to look at. The main cabinet and doors are made of 3/4” Birch and 1/2” Maple plywood. The trim and most of the tool hangers are made of cherry we had dropped, sawed up, and dried from 2 years ago. The drawers are Poplar with spalted maple fronts(saved from the firewood pile).
There is a little room left for a few more additions inside the cabinet. Once that fills up, I guess there is more wall space for another cabinet. I have used some of these planes in the recent past; they’re not just for show. A few of them need disassembled, cleaned-up, and sharpened, then they will be ready to use also.
This was a fun project to see come together. If you ever make one for yourself, take the time to layout the tool locations on paper first before deciding on a final size for the cabinet. It is surprising how fast it fills up.
Overall dimensions: 11” deep x 32” wide(closed) x 42” high. Finished with ZAR brand poly.
Thanks for looking.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 02:36 AM

Great cabinet! The spalted maple was a nice choice for the drawers. I think a good hand tool cabinet should be the focal point of every workshop.

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 02:40 AM

great collection.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 02:49 AM

Great design, Doug! I love the curves on the doors. That’s a great project, and I like how you incorporated the spalded maple. I’m starting to like it in project more and more.

One question—how did you mount it? To the wall? Free-standing? Just curious, and I know you will have it done right.

Great job!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 02:53 AM

Very nice, I like the curves too.

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 03:14 AM

YYEEAAHH! That looks great!

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 03:27 AM

That is a great cabinet, nice build.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 03:43 AM


Very nice; great looking piece of “furniture.” Thanks for sharing.


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#8 posted 03-20-2012 03:53 AM

Beautiful work! I really gotta get something like this together. Thanks for sharing!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 04:12 AM

This is both beautiful and inspiring. Fantastic work!

-- Brian

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#10 posted 03-20-2012 06:05 AM

Nice work man it really came together I love the spalted very worried that my large plane collection will not even fit into the cabinet as big as yours and wall space is a premium in my shop because it’s so big and open there’re no extra walls in the middle so I have no place to hang things you did a great job on yours five stars out of five stars excellent

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#11 posted 03-20-2012 06:28 AM

Very nice job on the cabinet and a fantastic collection of tools.

-- - Martin

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#12 posted 03-20-2012 11:24 AM

Great cabinet and tools!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#13 posted 03-20-2012 11:48 AM

Very well done! Outstanding design and a heirloom.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 11:53 AM

To three! Congrats! Well earned!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#15 posted 03-20-2012 11:57 AM

Great job. I recently built one too. Its on my “Projects”

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