CLASSIC WALL-HUNG TOOLBOX
Fold-out panels provide extra organization for tools.
SHOP OWNER: Moses Yoder
LOCATION: White Pigeon, MI
Built in the winter of 2001, if I remember correctly, this wall hanging toolbox has been a handy addition to my wood shop. Overall size is d-19 ½” x w-28 ¾” x h- 42". The doors are 5" deep. I remember when I first saw a picture of the Studley toolbox in Fine Woodworking, and although the workmanship of this one does not come close to the high level it could be, the Studley tool chest and “The Toolbox Book” influenced the design. I got the idea for panels of tools folding out to expose other tools from these fine toolboxes. I salute WoodCentral and Fine Woodworking for the impact they have made in the lives of millions of woodworkers.
I built the box out of wood I had saved for a special project, and that project became this box. The frame is walnut that I had milled out of a tree that was cut down beside my in-law’s house, the center panels are shop made curly cherry veneer, bookmatched onto a ¼” plywood core. The side frames and door front frames are assembled with through wedged mortise and tenon joints. The doors are made with a dovetailed box, the door front frames simply glued onto the front of the box. The case is assembled with dovetailed stretchers joining the two side panels. All the center panels are held into the frames with a screwed-on retainer, so the chest can be easily modified if necessary.
I wanted to organize my tools in one box that would hold all the hand tools necessary for a cabinetmaker, and hold one of each bench plane size 1-8. The book "Classic Hand Tools" by Garret Hack lists tools by category and has a chapter on each category; Marking and Measuring; Striking; Chisels, Gouges and Drawknives; Planes; Scrapers, Files and Rasps; Boring; and Saws. The web frame in the hinged panels is maple, and is designed to be light, strong, and provide a place to attach tool holders.
The left hand door holds chisels on the outer panel. The dividers separate the chisels, and a magnet behind the chisels holds them in place. You'll notice there's room for more chisels; hopefully someday a set of Lie-Nielsen chisels will hang there, and a nice set of mortising chisels. The lower set of four chisels are my main users, flea market chisels for which I made handles. The upper set I found at a local farm auction; I'm still looking for a 3/4" chisel in similar condition to the rest of the set to replace the one that was broken.
The right hand door holds saws both on the outer panel and on the inside of the door. The lower right saw is one I made and is my main dovetail saw, the others are flea market and garage sale finds, except for the "Disston and Son" back saw bought at a local antique shop.
The left hand door with the panel swung open reveals files rasps, and scrapers.
The right hand door panel swung open reveals more saws.
The left hand panel in the toolbox holds marking and layout tools. I'll be looking for a better large square sometime; about 98% of my tools come from flea markets, garage sales, or antique shops, I hardly ever buy anything new. Sketching the form on the wood and then band sawing to shape with a 1/8” blade makes the holders.
The right hand panel in the box holds small hammers, screwdrivers, and spokeshaves (need to add a hanger for my L-V low angle spokeshave and a couple flea market shaves).
The left hand panel opened reveals plane storage; I currently have a #3, 2- #604's, #40 scrub, and 3- #605's on the swinging panel, and a #5-1/2, #6, #7, & #8 on the back of the box. A #50 hangs above the bench planes on the back of the box. I plan to add my #2, #4-1/2, and #5-1/4 on the top inside of the panel where the 3 #5's are hanging now.
The right hand panel opened has bits and braces on the back of the panel, the back of the box holds drills, drilling accessories, and tool handles. The right side of the box has a hanger for a mallet I turned.
The lower section of the box contains a pigeon hole assembly that holds various block planes, a #113 circular plane, #78 rabbet plane, router plane, and a Knight smoother that was given to me. There are three small drawers behind the door that hold small tools like depth gauges and folding rules.
This is the best way I have found to hold planes; simply lift them slightly, pull the bottom out, and then slide downward to free it from the holder. I hope to do a detailed article on this someday with detailed designs and size specifications for plane sizes 2-8, but it is fairly easy to take this idea, measure your plane, and make a holder that will work.
Here is a closer view of a typical tool hanger; I just sketched the shaped, band saw to shape, put a small bevel where it was possible with a router, and attach.. . . Moses Yoder
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