Once I’d accumulated enough hand tools to do anything useful I found myself in a very cluttered shop. My tools covered every flat surface, and they were always in the way. Since I’d read “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”, I’d assumed I would eventually build a traditional tool chest to store my tools. But I found myself without enough floor space to a tool chest, and ample wall space (well, after a lot of re-organizing and about a dump runs).
As it turned out, a wall-hiung cabinet met my needs better, and in an interesting turn of events I built it almost without using any hand tools. I did “cheat” and use hand tools to dovetail the drawers.
Anyway, it all started with a SketchUp model.
Construction was straightforward, although manipulating the think for glue-ups and finishing was a challenge. It’s about four feet square, and with the doors about 15″ deep. For a size check, that’s *one* of the doors on my table saw.
I spent several enjoyable hours making tool holders for the inside of the doors. The chisel rack came out the best. The rasp rack (well, the first version) I built was a near disaster, if you opened the door a little too quickly the rasps would fall off the holders. They are expensive, and pointy, and I nearly skewered my foot the first time I yanked the right hand door open.
The drawers were great dovetailing practice, making six drawers that were half-blind at the front and regular dovetails at the back really helped progress my hand tool skills. By the sixth drawer I finally had the proportions and fit worked out.
In the end, this holds all of my hand tools with ease. I have more drawer space than I need, and I’ll need to make some organizers to go in the drawers someday to keep them from collecting junk. I still want to make a traditional tool chest some day, and probably a dutch chest too.