This hand tool storage cabinet not only organized my chisels, planes, and sharpening stones, but it also helped me to stop wasting time in the shop looking for tools. Check out the build and customize this storage cabinet to your needs! Thanks to my friends at Kreg Tool, I’ve made the plans for this hand tool storage cabinet available on their site for free!
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Here are the tools and items I used to build my hand tool storage cabinet.
Save money on these tools I used for this project:
- Kreg ACS (track saw)
- Kreg Foreman, 720 pro, or 520
- Quick Flip
- Table saw (new version)
- Miter saw
- Shop Vac
- Drill Press
- Drill (new version)
- Trim Router
- Chamfer bit
- Flush cut saw
- Tape measure
- Woodpeckers carpenters square
- Empire sliding t-square
- Dead blow hammer
- Freud glue line rip blade
- Freud ultimate plywood & melamine blade
- K Body REVO Parallel Bar Clamp
- Trigger Clamp
- SurfPrep Sander 5″ ROS
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How to Build the Ultimate Miter Saw Bench
- Grab your tools
- Make custom tool holders
- Make plane shelves
- Add trim to plane shelves
- Cut the back
- Pocket holes
- Cut frame
- Assemble the cabinet
- Flush cut plugs
- Apply finish
- Attach tool holders
- Load up your cabinet with tools!
- Get the plans!
Grab your tools
To start things off grab all of the tools you want to organize with this cabinet and lay them out how to want to organize them.
Make custom tool holders
These tool holders are pretty simple to make and you can use anything from pine to exotic wood. In the plans (linked below) you’ll find all of the dimensions I used for my chisels, draw knife, and mallet. You’ll likely need to tweak things to fit your tools.
Make plane shelves
I have two planes that I needed to make shelves for. The first step was to mill a piece of wood to be just larger than the base of my plane. I cut a shallow groove in the shelf that lines up with the blade location of the plane. This way you can set the plane on its sole (bottom) without dulling the blade or always having to retract the blade.
Next I milled up some stock to be about 3/16” thick and about an ⅛” taller than the thickness of your plane shelves. Cut miters (or use butt-joints) and glue them to the front and sides of each shelf. This provides a “lip” and prevents the plane from inadvertently slipping off the shelf. I used Starbond Brown CA glue since I’m working with walnut, but Starbond Medium CA glue would be a great choice for light colored woods.
Cut the back
Once all of the tool holders and plane shelves are made, arrange them on your bench (with the tools in/on them) and make sure there is enough space around them to put the items away and retrieve the items from the holders and shelves. Take some measurements to determine how big the back piece for your cabinet needs to be.
Drill pocket holes around the perimeter of the back. Start 2” from each corner and drill holes every 4-6 inches.
Mill lumber as shown in the plans to make the frame for your cabinet. Adjust the length as necessary to fit your back piece.
Assemble the cabinet
Secure the frame pieces to the back with 1-¼” pocket hole screws. Secure the top and bottoms of the frame together with 1-¼” pocket holes screws through the counterbored holes and cap with plugs.
Flush cut plugs
With the plugs installed, cut/sand them flush.
Finish tool holders and plane shelves as desired. I used a new finish from Bidwell that is a simple wipe on and buff off hardwax oil.
Attach tool holders
Install the tool holders with 1-¼” pocket hole screws through their counterbored holes. Install the plane shelves with 2” and 2-½” screws through pre-drilled holes in the back and the plane holders where desired. Pre-drilling the holes will help to insure shelves are installed accurately and prevent the shelves from splitting. (This is more critical if using hardwood for the shelves.)
Load up your cabinet with tools!
Now comes the moment you’ve been waiting for. Load up that cabinet and live life a bit more organized!
Get the Plans!
Follow the link to head over to Kreg’s website and grab the free plans!
As always, if you have any questions or comments just let me know. And until next time, have fun making something!
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