I bought my current house because of the
big detached garage, which is perfect for
my woodshop. However, when I started
remodeling the house I
got really tired of lugging
boxes of tools
from the garage to the
house every weekend.
To make things easier on
my back, I made this
mobile tool cabinet. It
holds a variety of essential
tools,which are easy
to swap out for different tools when your needs change. I
built this cabinet using 1x10 pine boards which are lightweight
yet rugged. I fastened the cabinet sides to the top,
bottom and shelves with biscuits, screws and glue.
Then I glued and screwed the boards for the
back. I added the pegboard
inside to hang a variety of
the leaf hinges to the
outside of the cabinet.
This approach allows
the doors to stop in
an “open book”
the tools on the doors much more
convenient than if the doors swung all
the way around to the sides of the
I also added a small block of wood
underneath the front edge of the cabinet
so it tips backward slightly which
helps keep the doors open when in
use.To keep the doors closed I used a
sliding bolt,but a screw eye and hook
is equally simple and effective.
I attached the cabinet to a dolly
with four conduit straps. All the
materials, including the dolly, were
purchased at a home center for
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker January 2004, issue #105.
January 2004, issue #105
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