Full Chisel Blog

June 12, 2008

Tool Cabinet, redesign

Filed under: Tool Cabinets & Tool Boxes,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 7:39 am

This diatribe on drilling and boring has inspired me to redesign the tool cabinet that took me 30 years to build.

Tool Cabinet

Now of course it took me a week to build this cabinet but it took 30 years to decide on a design.  The cabinet has a drawer in the base, two doors, with a shelve for storage of tools not in common use.  I redesigned the right side of the center section of this cabinet.

Tool Cabinet Detail

Tool Cabinet Detail

My drill bits are all in one place and the braces are no longer hanging off the pediment of the cabinet but have a place inside.  Having all the bits in one place is a good idea and they are lower now so it is easier to see the size of the bit I need.  I think this is a good design, but I thought the previous iteration was good too, but it wasn’t, experience changes everything.

When making a tool cabinet it is important to make sure you can change things over time, adding more tools, getting rid of tools you don’t use.  Attach things with screws so you can move and change things as needed.

Now I need to redo the screwdriver holder, that will be simple.  Maybe I should post something about chisels to inspire me to redesign/redo my chisel rack, too small but a good design as there are no sharp blades exposed, it is just not big enough.



  1. Great idea with the pivoting wall in the doors, Stephen. I’ve never seen that before.

    I can relate to your phrase “the tool cabinet that took me 30 years to build”, except that I relate in a literal sense. It’s literally going to take me 30 years to finish building my cabinet. *sigh*

    Comment by The Village Carpenter — June 12, 2008 @ 9:42 am

  2. Keep on writing writing writing Stephen,I love it.
    Your fan from Brussels.

    Comment by Jan Van Humbeeck — June 12, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  3. VC,

    The doors in the doors gives a couple more surfaces to hang things on each door. I probably should have built it earlier, but I never had a design I liked, so I kind of made one up, looking like old furniture. It is working out well.


    It is my intention to keep on writing, writing, writing, and thank you.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 12, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  4. To the left of center, near-ish to the top of the main section… are those pinch dogs?


    Comment by Metalworker Mike — June 14, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  5. Mike,

    Good Eye, it is my collection of original joiners dogs, one of them is Cast Iron!. I have a couple that the blacksmith made but they are not in the cabinet. I use them all the time, they are great clamps. And in endgrain, most of which is sawn off the holes never show. I also use them in the middle of boards, but then I can just putty the holes and paint over them. However it is possible to swell the wood back making the marks left by them almost invisible.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 14, 2008 @ 7:09 pm

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