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Here is a chisel cabinet I made to hold a 9 piece chisel set. Made with mostly scraps or picked from dumpsters I think this unit will serve me well for many years to come.
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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This cabinet is made with a poplar frame, plexiglass door and some type of aluminum sided plastic panels. The aluminum sided panels and the plexi, I got form a local plastic companies dumpster. The wood was leftover from other projects.
I used various tools for this project including table saw, miter saw, drill press, sanders and cordless drill.

I got the basic size of the cabinet by laying the chisels neatly next to one another and measuring how much width the cabinet would need as well as depth and height. I also wanted a small shelf above the chisels to hold sharpening tools and supplies.

Step 2: Cut the frame and the back panel

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Cut the sides, and back panel for the cabinet. There isn't much to explain here. Just make sure your machines are square and proper angles are set. I used a standard miter joint for this cabinet. Some might question the strength of this joint for this purpose but I am including a lot of wood cross-members and back mounting rail that will add a significant amount of strength to the whole thing.
After they are all cut to length I sanded the boards up to 220 grit.
Next, I cut a dado groove (thick enough to hold the back panel) along the back edge of all the frame pieces as well as the cross groove for the shelf I want to add.

Step 3: Glue and clamp the frame

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I used yellow wood glue and strap clamps for this. Just glue the corners, do not glue the grooves. Clamp it all together with strap clamps
and don't touch it for 20-30 minutes.

While it was clamped, I measured and cut the material for the door and the chisel rails.
Oldbear1 year ago
I'd add french cleats to the wall and then the back of your cabinet - your can hang it and move it around as you need. I've started to do the same to a lot of my storage "cabinets"
SlickSqueegie (author)  Oldbear1 year ago
I have been using french cleats for years now and yes. That is exactly how this one is mounted.
Every time I see commercial garage/shop organizers - I'm glad I found the french cleat. I can make it out of plain & cheap wood. My hangers can be made from my scrap pile. I've added this project to my shop improvement list.
Oh - and very nice job...
SlickSqueegie (author)  Oldbear1 year ago
Thanks! :)
jgeidl1 year ago
Nice cabinet with nice attention to details. I would suggest that the mounts for the chisels be designed so the chisels do not rest on the blade edge. It is generally a good idea to store cutting tools so they are not resting on their cutting edge: like, lay planes on their side not on their base for storage.
SlickSqueegie (author)  jgeidl1 year ago
yes, the horizontal support that cradles the chisels at the handle point lifts the chisels just enough... Thanks.
monty3241 year ago
That looks really nice, I might make one for myself.
SlickSqueegie (author)  monty3241 year ago
Thanks! works great!
Wheatridge1 year ago
Very nice project. I will wager that the shoulder of each chisel elevates the blade just above the bottom of the box, so the cutting edge is free. Again nice job.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Wheatridge1 year ago
Correctamundo! Thank you.