Quick-to-Make Tool Cabinet
Attractive design stores all your tools in a small space
Synopsis: This hanging tool cabinet holds more than 300 tools, while covering only about 12 sq. ft. of wall. It does this through judicious use of space, with thin tools such as chisels and screwdrivers housed on the inside surfaces of the main doors, more tools hung on both sides of interior hinged panels, drawers and cubbyholes throughout, and storage space behind the cabinet for carpenter’s square and handsaws. The carcase is a simple birch plywood box connected with finger joints. The central gallery and drawers give the cabinet rigidity. Jan Zoltowski designed his cabinet to hold hand tools, but it could be adapted easily to hold smaller power tools as well.
After a career of 35 years I had collected a substantial number of woodworking tools and I finally decided that they deserved a proper home. I set out to create a cabinet capable of holding my tools in a relatively small but accessible area. The result is home to well over 300 tools, yet covers only about 12 sq. ft. of wall.
I deliberately dedicated this cabinet to hand tools to keep them apart from dusty power tools, but the design can be modified easily to accommodate small power tools as well. Think twice before making the cabinet smaller; even if your tool collection would look lost in a cabinet of this size, it’s nice to have space to grow into.
No wasted space
The inside surfaces of the main doors hold thin tools such as chisels and screw¬drivers. Inside the cabinet, working down from the top, the upper shelf seats larger handplanes; the middle section has a pair of internal doors that support tools on both sides (increasing the hanging area by 40%) and that open to reveal additional space for saws and marking tools. The lower area is divided…
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.