Tool Cabinet

If your old tool cabinet is busting at the seams, here's one to consider that offers plenty of storage space. It has room for both hand tools and portable power tools.

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With just ahout every square inch inside being used for storage, this Tool Cabinet should last me a wlule. (Now all I need is a larger licit.)

ike the belt around my waist, my existing lool cabinet seems to keep ■shrinking in size. So recently. I dccidcd to build a bigger, beller cabinet for my shop. And this one had to he large enough to hold some smaller power tools as well as hand tools.

1 designed ll lis Tool Cabinet to 1 iavt- lots of storage potential. For example:

♦ The case is deep enough to hold most portable power tools.

♦ There's an inner door that doubles the storage spacc for hanging tools. It's mounted 011 a piano hinge that allows it to swing out of the way. as shown in the inset photo below.

♦ Two sels of shelves inskle the cabinet (one shallow set. ar.d the other deep) are totally adjustable.

• Ihe base includes a drawer lliat pulls all the way out on ball-bearing, full-extcn-sion drawer slides.

MATERIALS, lused Vc'-diick hard maple to build this cabinet To uuike the legs sturdy, I laminated several pieces of solid maple together. And for the case I used maple plywood.

Note: Maple plywood may be hard to find, but birch plywood is a good substitute. It'salmost identical in appearance to maple and it should cost a little less.

I even decided to use W plywood for the bark and d<x>rpanels. Ihis way. 1 could screw the optional customized tool hangers securely to each of die p;iuels. To learn more about these tool hangers and how to make tliem. see tl>e Designer's Notebook on page 107.

With just ahout every square inch inside being used for storage, this Tool Cabinet should last me a wlule. (Now all I need is a larger licit.)

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This cabinet has an open base Thai raises it up off the floor so your tools are within easy reach.

LEGS. To build the base. I star led with ihe legs (A). They're made up of three oversize pieces of:wMhick maple (Fly. 1).

Each pair oi legs is connected by rails with mortise and tenon joints. But I didn't chop any mortises.

Instead. I cut 2 pair of notches in the four center pieces (Fig. i). Then when these center pieces are sandwiched between the outside pieces, the notches automatically form tin-mortises.

LAMINATE LEGS. When huninaluig ihe legs, keep the edges with the mortises as tlush as possible. To do this, clamp the edges face down on your bench before damping the legs together. (I used *<txed paper to protect my bench from excess glue.) When the legs are dry, rip then) to finished width and cut them lo length (Fig. !)■

Now. rout the edges of tl ie legs wilh a '/i" roundover bit. I also rounded over the bottom ends to prevent tl ie legs from splintering if the cabinet ever gets dragged across the shop floor.

RAILS AND STRETCHER. Once the leg?' are complete, each pair of legs is cuu-'%? nected with rails. Then these end units are joined with one long stretcher.

Like the legs, ihe four rails (B) and the stretcher (C) are cut oversize, iht-n laminated together but diis lime from two pieces, nor three (Fig. 2).

When die rails are laminated, cut them to length and clean up one edge. (I waited until later lo rip ihe pieces lo width. Ibis let me clean up any chipout.)

joinery. Next, cut tenons on each rail (Fig. 3). Use a test piece to sneak up on the thickness of the tenon until il just slides into the mortise.

Note: There's no shoulder or. die lop and bottom edges of these tenons. So until the mil is «it to width, only a corner will actually lit into tlx- mortises.

Now set aside two pieces for the lop rails. Then, on die other two rails 1 cut a dado centered on the length lo hold the Stretcher (Fig. 3). Each dado is cut wide enough to hold the stretcher. Ami (y the same depth as tire cheeks of the: tenons (so the blade setting stays ilir same).

rip TO Size. After culling a dado on each bottom rail, rip all the rails to widths sneaking up on the final cut until Ihc^-tenons just fil ihe mortises in the legs.

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bottom rails (Fig. .1). fl"hn>-'U be completed after the base is assembled.)

Before gluing up the legs and rails, drill counle rbured slianl< boles through the dadoes in the bottom rails <Fig. :in).

ASSEMBLY

When assembling the base, it's easiest to work in stages. First, glue two legs and two roils together as a unil (Fig. /,).

While both end units were drying, I cut die stretcher to final ktiglh and width. Then I drilled pilot holes and glued and screwed die stretcher between the end units using'/«" lag screws (Fig. in).

Now. using a hand held router, com plete the roundovers on the rails and rout the edges of the stretcher (Fig. $).

DRAWER _

For more storage space, T added a single, wide drawer between the legs of the base. - And to provide lull access to what's inside. I mounted it with full-extension drawer slides. (For sourecs, see page 112.)

cut to size. Ik-gin by determining the size of the drawer. For the width, measure between the legs (level with die stretcher) and subtract the thickness of die two drawer slides. For the depth, measure from front to back and subtract 1". (The drawer is insel V«* and has a :,/»"-thick falsi- front.)

Now. ait a front (D),back IP), arid two sides (K) to size (Fig. 6). Tnen cut the bottom (F) from '¿"-thick hardboard.

cut locked rabbet. 1 used a locked mbbetjointtohold the parts of the drawer together securely. To make dtis joint, first cut tongues on the ends of the drawer Jhwil and back (7(0. Ca). Then cut nulling dadoes in the drawer sides.

Next, lo hold die bottom (Fj. I cut a groove '/'." from the hotrom edge of each of the drawer pieces f Fig. Ob).

Before gluing up the drawer, drill countersunk holes in the front fora false fronl that's added later (Figx. G and 6a).

install drawer. After the drawer is assembled, mount die drawer slides and install the drawer (Fig. 7). (It's easier to do this bclore adding the false ironL)

Note: When mounted, the top of the drawer should be about below the top of the legs.

add false front. After die drawer is installed, cut the false front ((i) to final size (Fig. S). To cover the drawer, the false front is '/is" taller, and ir fitshetween die k-gs with a Vio" gap at each side.

Before adding the false front, drill countersunk pilot holes and add the two drawer pulls. And to align the drawer front, see the Sin ip Tip below.

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