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Woodshop Tool Storage System Project

Monday, December 23, 2013
I had tools scattered around the house and it was driving me crazy!  I looked online for peg storage systems and came upon this downloadable building plan for a tool storage system on Amazon.
I love the idea of stacking my large tools in one cabinet and have them bolted to the shelves that slide out and sit on the little cabinet for when you need to use them.  The peg board on the sides were just what I needed for all my wood tools.

I compared lumber at Home Depot, Lowe's and our local lumber yard, Fingerlie and I decided to get most of my wood at Fingerlie because it was much better quality.  Plus, I wanted to do a thicker 1/4"-thick peg board instead of the 3/16" the plan called for and the big box stores didn't carry it.

It took me 2 days to gather the wood and hardware.  Harbor Freight had the best price for caster wheels and peg hooks.

I have a great neighbor and friend who not only let me use his woodshop but he mentored me through the building process.  Here I am, SO happy on the first day after we cut all the wood to size, made the lap joints and rabbits.  It was my first time doing lap joints - now I need my own set of dado blades!

I spent 3 days at the shop and we were able to complete the large cabinet and glue all the shelves together.

I brought everything home and still had quite a bit of work to do.

I assembled the small cabinet together by first doing the sides and then the stretchers, back, bottom and top.

At this point I was pre-drilling for the caster wheels and wood filling over the screws and any imperfections.

I waited 2 days for it to stop raining so I could sand outside.. those were the longest days of my life!  My husband helped me take everything downstairs and I sanded in the basement (with lots of cleanup).

Here's everything sanded and assembled!  I'm so happy with how it turned out!

You can see here the large shelves sit nicely on strips of wood that anchor to the sides with carriage bolts and wing nuts.

The shelves pull out easily and sit on the small cabinet.

Here's a close-up of the lap joint.

The cart has great storage too with an adjustable shelf and moves easily with the caster wheels.

I can't wait until I have my own shop to put these in!  From this project I also decided that I need a drill press.. those things drill holes like butter!

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