Interior Layout

Laying out the interior of a wall cabinet presents some challenges not encountered when designing a tool chest that sits on the floor. Because the wall cabinet is generally hung with its lowest point at chest height (either to fit over a bench or to make the most of the available space beneath it), you must carefully consider the weight of each tool you plan to keep there. Because your larger back muscles can't provide much support to your arms at chest height and above, it isn't comfortable or safe to store tools in a wall cabinet that weigh more than about 10 lb. This problem is exacerbated if a bench runs in front of the cabinet, forcing you to lean over to gain access to it. You may need to find another place, then, to store your plunge router or circular saw.

To make the most of interior space, you'll probably want your cabinet to be as tall as your reach allows. But bear in mind that the height of the cabinet will affect the design of the interior partitions. For example, you'll find that locating deep compartments near the top of a wall cabinet just doesn't work. Besides having to force your hands into an unnatural angle to grab anything-making it hard to get a good grip on certain items—you'll need to jump or stand on something to see what you have stored.

Instead of compartments, it's generally better to outfit the topmost part of a wall cabinet with pegs or brackets from which you can hang long-handled tools such as Japanese saws, squares, drill braces and planes (you'll have to pierce the soles of metal-soled planes or add eyebolts to the ends of wood-bodied planes). Since you can grab these tools low along their length, it works to hang them in the upper areas of the box.

The storage capacity and versatility of a wall-hung cabinet are much enhanced by drawers. Drawers can contain all manner of small tools and accessories that otherwise would be difficult to store. However, it is often difficult to see into the drawers of a wall cabinet—in typical installations, only the lowest areas of the box arc below eye level. For this reason, relatively small, easily removable drawers work best. If the box is located near or over a bench, you'll have the option of setting the drawers down on the bench to get at their contents. If there is no bench nearby, you might consider (as I did in the cabinet described below) adding a slide-out support tray to the bottom of the cabinet (see the photo at top right).

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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