Custom Hand Tool Cabinet

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This full-service shop in a box sports sliding doors, shelves, tool holders, and drawers.

Designed and built by Tom Whalley

Overall dimensions: 481⁄4"w × 11"d × 391⁄2"h

Save all kinds of shop time by keeping your go-to hand tools, glue, and choice hardware in this dedicated wall-hung cabinet. Two bypass doors spaced 3" apart provide handy surfaces for attaching specialty tool holders, while a perforated hardboard panel at center offers even more hanging options. Adjustable shelves serve as parking places for planes, bottles, and miscellaneous. Added to this are 11 drawers along the cabinet’s bottom for dowels, screws, nails, and other often-used hardware.

You’ll find building the cabinet an exercise in basic tablesaw work. Assembly boils down to gluing and screwing the carcase parts together. And while the sliding doors rely on stub tenon joinery and a unique roller mechanism, the simple drawers draw their strength from butt-jointed parts that are glued and nailed together.

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