Tommy’s Tool Cabinet

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Build a wall’s worth of storage in a weekend

Project Designer: Thomas J. MacDonald

Overall dimensions: 88"w × 83⁄4"d × 36"h

When the credits roll at the end of an episode of Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac, Tommy’s workshop may not receive a mention, but there’s little doubt that this supporting co-star has its share of fans. A former textile mill, it has become one of the country’s most visited (and envied) workshops.

Most viewers do not realize that the shop started out as an empty space, not unlike a garage or basement. Out of necessity, Tommy designed a basic wall cabinet that not only keeps his most used tools in easy reach, but is also handsome enough for the occasional TV close-up.

Tommy’s cabinet is a perfect addition to any workshop. Simple joinery makes the case quick and easy to build. While its size might seem out of proportion in a small shop, the cabinet offers as much storage space as a wall’s worth of miscellaneous boxes. Dividers within the main box establish separate spaces for chisels, planes, and reference materials, establishing order and convenience where it’s needed most. Note: Tommy sized his plane and chisel ramps for his tools. To size these sections to suit your collection, arrange your chisels and planes on your workbench, spacing them apart by 1⁄2", and measure the total width. If you need more room, adjust the locations of the dividers.

Tommys Tool Cabinet

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