Mobile Tool Chest

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Project by Timbot posted 02-24-2014 03:41 AM 2872 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While my french cleat system has helped me organize my most used tools, I still needed a place to store my hand saws, less used tools, and my growing hand plane collection. I found a plan in Wood magazine, then modified it to suit 4×8 sheets of ply rather than 6×6. I also omitted some features I was less interested in, and added marker board to allow me to jot down notes. The interior has 3 panels of peg board, one saw till, and 9 adjustable shelves with poplar edging. I painted the edging with chalkboard paint to allow me to indicate which tools need to be sharpened, tuned, or even restored in the case of my hand planes. The entire assembly is made of cabinet grade pine ply, with full length piano hinges, 6 casters, and four latches. It stands 6 feet tall and has a 23” square foot print. While I was initially concerned that it would tip easily, the sheer weight of the tools keep it from doing so. I finished it with black exterior latex paint, for ease of repair and durability.

-- Timbot, So Cal

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 04:16 AM

Nice work and a good idea.

-- 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 02-24-2014 01:39 PM

very cool, great idea with lots of storage, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 02:40 PM

This will be a wonderful addition to your shop and will add a lot of organization.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 08:32 PM

Wow That is so nice! And if I may say so just what the wood doctor ordered. LOL Have fun brother. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 10:56 PM

Great idea there nice job!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#6 posted 02-26-2014 12:55 PM

Good idea! (Now why didn’t I think of this?)

-- Greetz from Germany, Charles - Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool!! {borrowed from BRKH;)}

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 04:30 PM

That’s a great looking home for your great tool collection. Great job!

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