When looking for wall space to hang a tool cabinet, the first location to consider is the area over your primary workbench. That is where you'll likely want to keep most of your hand bench tools and where your floor space is already committed. Of course, this location may not work for you if your bench is so wide and deep that you would have trouble reaching into the cabinet. Note in the drawing above how the useful height and depth of a wall cabinet relate to the depth of a workbench underneath.

You can, however, reorient a workbench so that its narrow end butts against the wall, thereby allowing you to get at the tool cabinet from either side.

That is how the benches were arranged in the Steinway Piano Co. (see the top photo on p. 78). You may, in fact, discover some additional advantages to this orientation, especially if you use the bench surface for assembly as well as joinery work. For instance, since you can easily get at three sides of the project, you minimize the need to move the assembly around to work on it. In addition, if you attach additional vises, you can accommodate another worker along the other side of the bench. This is a highly suitable arrangement for school shops, where space and the need for versatility are at a premium.

Your shop may have other wall-mounting areas you'd like to consider, but when searching for that perfect location, there are some other factors to keep in mind. For energy conservation (yours), hang the tool cabinet as close as possible to the place you'll be using most of the tools. In addition, make sure that the box won't block any window light when its doors arc fully opened. Also make sure that there is room to swing the cabinet doors flat against the wall (see the top drawing on the facing page). If swing-out doors pose a problem, you might want to build doors that disappear into the cabinet; see the bottom drawing on the facing page for some suggestions.

The final consideration is traffic flow—the cabinet should not interfere with it in any way. If the cabinet isn't hung over a bench or other fixed object, there will always be the risk that you or someone else will walk into it or stand up underneath it. You can minimize this hazard by placing the cabinet in an area where you normally do not walk. If you have little choice but to situate the cabinet in the traffic pattern, plan to make the box as shallow as possible.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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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