Tool Storage

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All-in-one Cabinet – Small Shop Storage

The “All-in-one Cabinet for the Small Shop” shown here is from the April 2001 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. And although the design looks a bit outdated (which could be easily addressed by simply changing out the handles), we still use this cabinet in our shop. The router-bit drawer in the middle has become our...

12 Rules for Tool Chests

Below are Christopher Schwarz’s “12 Rules for Tool Chests” in short form (the full article, as it appeared in the December 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, is downloadable at the end.) The chest pictured here is his full-size traditional English tool chest, but the rules apply no matter the chest. (You’ll find instruction...

Frank Klausz’s ‘Your First Toolkit’

I’m at work on a Sunday … procrastinating on a personal project in the shop. So, I’m spending a little time at my desk answering e-mail and trying to work up the energy to go back to my massive pile of plywood. One question in my inbox today was, “What tools do I need...

Others Building the Dutch Tool Chest

If you are thinking about building the Dutch Tool Chest from the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, you aren’t alone. I’ve heard from dozens of other woodworkers who see it as a simple, fast and efficient way to store your hand tools (and make them portable). I’ve been using my Dutch chest...

I Can Do That: Gent’s Chest

A simple box for basic household tools. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 58-59 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy this issue now Common in the 19th-century, a “Gentleman’s Tool Chest” typically contained a set of fancy household tools including the first “multi-tools” – a handsome handle into which a variety of tools including gimlets, drivers, chisels and the...

I Can Do That: Tool Tote

Wedged through-tenons keep this handle secure. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 58-60 From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue now Whether you’re using it for woodworking tools or garden tools, a tote is a simple and quick project. It’s so simple, in fact, that I decided to add a wee degree of difficulty with a curved handle...

Greene & Greene-inspired Storage Chest

Classic design elements combine to create a new design. By David Mathias Pages: 36-41 From the April 2008 issue #168 Buy this issue now Seven years ago I made my first piece of Greene & Greene-style furniture, a coffee table of my own design. It contained several elements the Greenes commonly used: cloudlifts and...