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Hanging Tool Cabinet

With space in the shop for the new tool cabinet, I can get on with the build. This is a Paul Sellers’ project from Woodworking Masterclasses. It came along at the right time, because I have another project in mind that has doors. A little help from Paul is always valuable and he includes so many small lessons in his projects that they are a great learning experience.

Most projects begin with a quick trip to the lumber yard and fortunately this one was made better when my daughter agreed to come with me (full disclosure, I did offer breakfast as an incentive). Almost as good, it was the annual cherry sale! 40% off. I selected and loaded up with the boards I need and a few spares then spent a few minutes looking at various species and tools with my daughter. I think she enjoyed the trip?


Selecting boards for the sides I dimensioned and planed to my hearts content. Three techniques,three planes. Love the difference in the shavings.




Categories: Hanging Tool Cabinet
  1. Jeff Brann
    January 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I too have been following Paul’s Tool Chest and I think it may be, perhaps, one of his definitive pieces in craftsmanship, design, and overall appeal. The process brings together so many fundamental aspects of the craft. I very much look forward to your progress with this piece Richard as I see myself doing something very similar in the near future. Happy New Year and lots of shavings.

    • January 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Great to hear from you!

  2. Timo Holck
    January 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I noticed that you are using aluminium clamps similar to mine. I have added a strip of wood inside the aluminium bar. It makes the clamp more rigid but does not add a lot of weight. The Idea came from Paul Sellers’ blog.

    • January 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks for reading. You’re right, having used Paul’s clamps first hand I understand why he strengthened them and they worked well. The clamps I’m using are from Dubuque clamp company and the are made out if greater gauge aluminum and do not flex as much. I consider purchasing clamps a once in a lifetime expense so chose to pay a little more up front. Either way works.

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