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Finally! 18 months later, I am finished with my hanging tool cabinet. I completed many other projects during this time. I would do a project, then come back to this to work on some more tool holders. Very tedious stuff. I took the design from Mike Pekovich and his FWW Video Workshop Series. The design is fabulous and the videos and instruction he has are top notch. In fact, midway through the build I was hung up on something. I emailed a couple questions to his business email, not expecting much from that. Within 30 minutes I had a response from Mr. Pekovich. Very classy.

The case is built from hard maple. Most of the tool holders are walnut and the drawer fronts are birdseye maple. All the door panels are 1/2" maple plywood. Each door has a door, which creates a lot of surface area for hanging tools. The main case also has small doors up top. All the tool holders are applied with only screws. That way I can move things around if need be in the future. All the dovetails were cut at the table saw with a blade custom ground to 7 degrees. Then the bottoms were cleaned up with a router and straight spiral bit. All the pins were then hand cut. I'm very much a novice at all of this, so I was pleased with the outcome. All surfaces received 1-3 coats of dewaxed shellac.

This thing is a beast! I absolutely love it. I capped it all off with hanging two handsaws that were found in my grandpa's shed after he died.


Cleaning up the bottom of the tails after the tablesaw


Pins are hand cut




Carcass shelf has through mortises - cut with chisel


Big ol box is ready for hardware




Planed the drawer sides to fit the drawer box




Rasps are held up with a magnet on the backside of the cleat




My father in law built the mallet for me




All of these holders are quite tedious to make






I scored all of the calipers on eBay on the cheap






This was the main change I made in the design. Mr. Pekovich's cabinet had a huge plane till. I know I'll never own that many, so I shortened mine and added a couple more drawers. To congratulate myself, I purchased a Lie Nielsen 4 1/2 smoother - sweet plane!


My "knife block" - made from toothpicks cut in half… and a plane bottle opener




Cubbies for my block, low angle block, shoulder plane, and Multi Gauge dial caliper






Kaizen Foam for my engineer squares


More storage avail up top

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Absolutely awesome! I own all the same tools, I'll be saving this for when I get around to making a cabinet one day, love the layout!
 

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Travis, that's a great post and project. Nicely described and written, pictures are great and the project is fantastic. I especially like the rasp holder. I see something like that in my future.

Cheers,

Greg
 

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Excellent job, Travis! You, sir, have done a wonderful job customizing this amazing cabinet!

I have watched and re-watched that video series a dozen times intending to build a similar cabinet some day. I came danger close to buying the digital plan earlier this week! I love the knife butcher block idea and the way you secured your rasps. I will likely borrow those details when I get around to making my own tool cabinet. The Kazian foam is also a nice touch.

I got a chuckle out of this statement: "I know I'll never own that many [handplanes], so I shortened mine and added a couple more drawers. "

Ha! You bought a Lie-Nielsen 4-1/2 to reward yourself (Good call, well deserved) and are now headed down the slippery slope of buying more LN handplane goodies! Might I suggest the 212, and then the 62, followed by a 102 and rabbet block plane?
 

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I got a chuckle out of this statement: "I know I'll never own that many [handplanes], so I shortened mine and added a couple more drawers. "

- AgentTwitch
Me too. Yeah good luck with that, ye slippery sloped sucker!
From one Travis to another - great job.
 

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Very nice cabinet. And a good start to a collection of hand planes.
 

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Very nice! I am hoping to take on a similar project. I have quite a backlog right now so I don't know when I will get to it.
 

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NICE! Very nice. I almost have to call BS on your comment of "I'm very much a novice at all of this" because I would love to see what you can do if you were not a "novice". And yes, you should be proud:)
 

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Wow ! Exquisite work ! Great photos and details ! Excellent job all around !
 

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Beautiful work man!
 

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Everything so neat and tidy. Nothing like my messy shop! Nice work!
 

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Tremendous job! Just amazing amount of detailed work. Congratulations and enjoy using it.
 

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Nice work. The characteristic Peckovich protruding dovetails look great. Lots to like in your project and in your tool collection. Well deserving of a daily top 3.
Cheers.
 

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Wow.. very nice. Everything has it's place. Well done.
 

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Beautiful arrangement and nice build! Now, I can see that you have all the planes that you should ever need, but all the you will ever own? You will figure out what to do with them when they happen.
 
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