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When you are satisfied with the drawing, assign labels to each of the various components. (I generally begin labeling the largest pieces first, working my way down to the smallest.) Measure the components, and record their dimensions on a cut list (see the drawing at right on the facing page). Be sure to place a check mark next to the label symbol on the drawing when you record that piece on the list. As a final check, compare the count of the recorded pieces against the number of pieces on the drawing.

Finally, before you begin constructing the box from your drawings and cut lists, a word of caution: Like it or not, your toolbox or cabinet will probably become a focal point of your shop. There, amidst the landscape of tools, machines and materials, will be the fruits of your cabinetmaking skills for all to see. I'm not saying you should be nervous about doing this project. After all, what woodworking project could be more fun to design and build than one's own tool chest or cabinet? Instead, I'm encouraging you to sec the project as an opportunity to do your best work. This is one example of your work that you actually get to keep and use every day that you spend in the shop.

A mockup of the tool arrangement for a wall cabinet on a sheet of plywood, with temporary supports and partition indicators in place. Planes have been grouped in the interior above the drawer area, and layout tools are on the back of the door. Photo by Craig Wester.

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