Hand Tool Cabinet

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As you expand your collection of quality tools that you depend on for precision work every day, consider housing them in a cabinet that’s part customized storage, part showcase. This clamshell design meets these needs head-on with a variety of mix-and-match tool holding options, drawers in two sizes, cubbies, and a hand plane gallery. To make the cabinet with the joinery shown, dust off your dovetail jig, one that can make through and half-blind joints. (I used the Porter-Cable model 4212.) Don’t own one? Then check out our Convenience-Plus Buying Guide.

In addition to the dovetails, you’ll make a pair of simple jigs to rout stopped dadoes. You’ll also machine raised-panel door fronts and learn tricks for attaching the clamshell doors and hanging a heavy cabinet.

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