Tool Cabinet Upgrade (& box for a plumb bob)

I have been working on my shop so far this year. My work focused on this cabinet I built over 25 years ago from a Woodsmith design. It was the first shop project where I put the effort in to have a piece that was good looking for the shop. It is built with solid birch and birch plywood. The handles are cherry.

It started out with some tools mounted in the doors and shelves in both sides of the cabinet. Around 5 years later I removed the shelves on the right side and added a hinged interior panel. Over the years I have added various tool holders – and then removed some and added others.
The last month or so was dedicated to a major upgrade. I took the shelves out of the left side and mounted several tools. Some of them had been tucked away in boxes for years.

I still have room to go on the back of inner panel and the wall behind it.

The left door has my layout and measurement tools.

The left cabinet has my hand planes and saw till. I realized that my large hand saws were all old plastic handled crap so I bought a few new ones. There are some tools on the lower shelf that need to find better homes some future day.

My first attempt at building the saw till turned out to be a prototype. It turns out that using construction grade lumber was not the best idea.

The final version was built up from layers of 3/16” plywood with a cherry covering.
The outside of the swinging panel has my hammers, mallets, punches and a beam compass. There is room for future tools here. Some may notice that the mallets look a lot like ones that Kiefer had made.

The inside of the right door has my chisels and screwdrivers.

The inside of the swinging panel is currently empty. The right cabinet has plenty of room left. It currently holds my lathe chisels and hacksaw.

The box on the bottom holds a special tool.

This plumb bob belonged to my father in law. I had one of my own but it was nothing special and this one was much nicer. In fact it was so nice it deserved its own box.

The string was wound around the plumb bob so I made a walnut spool to hold it.

Several blocks on the inside made for a tailored fit.

A variety of hardwoods were used for the mounting brackets. After a month or so I find myself putting tools away now that they have a place to live. Now that my tools have a decent home I need to find a place for the stuff that was on the shelves!


Looks great and well-organized Steve. Well done. I see a plane till in my near future.

Main Street to the Mountains

That's a lot of tools in a small but accessible package.  Nicely done.
Nicely laid out.
I wouldn't know what to do. Great cabinet, nice little plumb bob box also.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Your really packed a lot of storage in that one Steve. What brand is that large plane on the left. Looks like a number 7 or something. 

James McIntyre

Thanks for the comments everyone! I do enjoy opening that cabinet and seeing everything in its place.

James - yes that is a No 7. It is a Bench Dog brand from Rockler. I have to admit it was a bit of an impulse buy. From what i read the Bench Dog planes are capable but nothing too special.
So clean and I like the inner panel! I feel good by looking at a cool tool cabinet filled with nice tools:)

No name noobie here

Looks great Steve and some nice tools. I have a plumb bob exactly like that somewhere. Now I'm going to have to look for it!
Thanks Foghorn, The plumb bob is something I hardly ever use. Since this used to belong to my father in law I decided it was worth the time to make the box. Plus if I ever do want to use it I'll know where it is!
Real nice storage solutions!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Nicely done. I do love a well thought out tool cabinet!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".


Really well done.


Nice work on these.  Very useful.
Almost inspires me to get organized,   Almost.    Very nice Steve!