New tool cabinet packs in a lot of storage
My old tool cabinet was one of the favorite things about my shop. But when I took a look around I realized more of my hand planes were stored outside of it than inside, and I figured it was time for an upgrade.
Even though I needed more storage, I wanted the cabinet to fit in the same space as the old one. I accomplished that by building a deeper case and doors. The new cabinet has almost triple the cubic space of the old one and 1 1/2 times more surface area for mounting tools.
The best thing for me, though, is that it has the same look and feel as my old friend. By the way, I found another spot in the shop for my old cabinet which now houses glue, screws and finishes.
I’ll take you through the building process in an upcoming video workshop series. Hopefully you can get some cool tips for building your own cabinet.
This is my old cabinet. It was a little crude but took good care of my favorite tools.
Here's the new cabinet. Not much different at first glance, but the deeper case offers a lot more plane storage.
The deeper doors have swing out panels that provide a second layer of storage. There are also swing out panels in upper portion of the main case.
To nail down the design, I built a quick mock up out of plywood scraps. This was really helpful in figuring out how to make the most of a deeper case.
I determined the angle of the plane till by holding a longer plane in place.
The gallery was a happy accident. I had planned on filling out the bottom with drawers, but I happened to put a no. 4 plane down and realized it would fit headfirst if I deepened the case by 1/2 an inch. My no. 7 sits above the gallery.