I can only speculate as to the reason traditional tool chests evolved into wall-hung cabinets in some shops. Perhaps they were crowded out by the addition of bulky machinery to shop floors already burgeoning with workbenches and assembly areas. Or perhaps it was the coming of poured concrete floors— an uncomfortable but often necessary flooring material for shops outfitted with heavy machinery. Concrete's tendency to rot any wood set against it may have been inspiration enough to get craftsmen to redesign their toolboxes.

While we may never know for certain why turn-of-the-century craftsmen

In this turn-of-the-century photo of the workshop of the Steinway Piano Co.. wall-mounted tool cabinets hang at the head of each workbench. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

By the early 1900s. some commercial toolbox manufacturers offered wall-hung cabinets, such as this Marples tool cabinet, along with their usual line of traditional joiner's dnö&abmmm chests. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

Cabinet Hung With LedgerMarples Tool Cabinet

Left: A carriagemaker's wait-hung tool cabinet, c. 1880. Although a craftsman of this era and trade might have worked for a large company, his toolbox was apparently still his own. as evidenced by the "pin-ups." Photo courtesy of The Museums at Stony Brook.

Above: A rear view of the Studley cabinet, shown open on p. 76. Two mounting rails are fitted to the back panel. Mating ledger strips would have been attached to the shop's wall studs. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.

This unusual cabinet, offered by C. E. Jennings & Co. in a catalog of around 1910. was designed to fit into a corner of the shop, making use of a typically wasted space.

Sizing a Wall Cabinet

13 in. max. depth

Hanging — tool cabinet

13 in. max. depth

Hanging — tool cabinet

Note: The dimensions given here are for a person of average height. Taller woodworkers may increase the maximum height of the hanging cabinet and bench, but should maintain the minimum space shown betv/een bench and cabinet.

chose to mount their tool chests on the wall, I know why I have done so: It was a simple matter of space. Having done woodworking for many years out of a two-car garage, I became convinced that keeping the shop floor clear of storage, especially at the perimeter, is one of the best ways to maximize the precious open space. It is open space, possibly more than any other factor, that endows my small shop with the efficiency and flexibility I need to do woodworking comfortably, safely, and at the commercial pace necessary to make a living.

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