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Almost all of my daily user tools are stored in an English style joiners chest. While I enjoy working from the chest, I wanted a spot to store tools that I don't use often or simply own as a collector's pieces. I had some scrap oak plywood that had been in the shop for years and while I was scanning through some old magazines one afternoon I spotted a project Christopher Schwarz did in Pop Woodworking back in 2004.

Using that as inspiration, I came up with a shop cabinet that used up the scrap plywood I had and looks pretty good too. The plywood parts received solid oak edges to enable screws a good place to hold on and to provide durability where the cabinet will get its heaviest wear. The hinges are inexpensive overlay types from Lee Valley and the ring pulls are also Lee Valley hardware.

The gallery of drawers in the bottom are removable if I decide to change that configuration but they do hold a lot and for the foreseeable future will make me more than happy. For the pictures, I pulled some of my regular user tools from my chest and placed them rather haphazardly on the shelves to give an idea of how this cabinet will hold things once I hang it in the shop. There is a French cleat recessed in the back so that the cabinet will hang cleanly on the wall without gaps behind it. In these pictures, I had not placed the glass and glass stops in the doors yet so that I could avoid reflections while photographing the cabinet. I am now starting to make some hangers for the doors to hold a couple of braces on one door and some saws on the other door.

I think it turned out pretty well for using up some shop scraps. It cost very little and the simple Tung Oil finish can be renewed anytime it needs it. If you are curious about the floor chest these tools usually live in, you can read about that project here:

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Very nice and I admire the use of material already on hand. I would like to build the same cabinet but will admit that I probably will try to integrate some led lighting.
 

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Man, you sure make nice things! Congrats on another project 'well done'!
 

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Very nice cabinet. It looks like you spent some time on this. The hinges I think sets it off well. Good job.
 

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Very nice! Almost too nice for the shop, but quite fitting for your hand tools. (I'd rather make something nice for some hand planes than some antique china and trinkets).
 
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