A Hand Tool Cabinet: The Design
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
Ever since we moved, my hand-tools have been homeless. Throughout the workshop build, they’ve remained hidden in drawers and boxes. So, it’s time I give them a home. It’s time I build a proper hand-tool cabinet.
A few years back, Mike Pekovich built a beautiful hanging tool cabinet for a Fine Woodworking video workshop series. I fell in love with his design immediately. Not only did I love the look, but I loved the creative use of space. The doors are shallow boxes that allow for extra storage. So, I downloaded the plans and hoped that I could make the design work for me.
Unfortunately, Mike’s design doesn’t fit my space. An outlet and a few power tools limit the overall size of the cabinet. Additionally, the stud locations require that the French cleat extends outside of the case(Mike’s is neatly hidden). That’s okay because, I can use the longer cleat to hang other things. With that discovery, I set out to modify Mike’s hand-tool cabinet to fit my needs.
My space is shown above. The 4-plug outlet on the left mounts to a stud on the left side of the box. To hide the cleat, I would have to move the cabinet so far to the right that I wouldn’t be able to open the doors. Instead, I plan to hang the cabinet on an external cleat that passes above the electrical box.
The design above, is what I came up with. The case is a few inches narrower and shorter. The back is one solid piece, and I will attach a French cleat directly to the back.
The next step is to build a mock-up, and make sure that the design works before purchasing lumber. Fortunately, I think I have just enough 1/2″ plywood left over from previous projects.
Check out my next post in this series: The Mockup