Tool chest with surprise storage
Synopsis: This wall-mounted tool chest has space for every conceivable hand tool. Four layers of storage, to be exact: in the deep main doors, on a pair of shallow inner doors, on the back board of the cabinet, and in a shallow, removable tray that sits behind the inner doors and in front of the back board. To keep access quick and straightforward, the tray slides side-to-side in dovetailed tracks.
Fifteen years ago I built a wall-hung tool chest much like this one. But in the meantime my collection of hand tools had outgrown that chest, and I decided to build a larger one.
My original chest had storage in three layers: in the deep main doors, on a pair of shallow inner doors, and on the back board of the cabinet. But for this version, I increased its capacity with a fourth layer of storage, a shallow tray that sits behind the inner doors and in front of the back board. To keep access quick and straightforward, I made the tray so that it slides side-to-side in dovetailed tracks. When you open the chest’s inner doors, you can access any of the tools on the sliding tray. Or, using the wooden handle at the middle of the tray, you can slide the tray aside to reach the tools on the back board.
When you do slide the tray aside, it travels right out the side of the chest. This means you can also access the tools in the tray without ever opening the doors: Just pull the brass ring on either side of the chest, and the tray slides out. The wooden handle on the front of the tray acts as a stop, so the tray slides just halfway out either side of the chest.
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