This section is from the book "Amateur Work Magazine Vol6". Also available from Amazon: Amateur Work.
This tool cabinet I consider the most convenient for bench workers of any I have ever seen. It can be carried or shipped as easy as any tool chest and it is surprising the number of tools it will contain. The cabinet should be placed four or five inches above the centre of the bench and every tool will be within easy reach. It will only occupy about five inches of bench room when open.
Fig. 9 gives detail of construction. Fig. 1 is detail of chisel and straight-gouge rack. Fig. 11 detail of drawers, built of 1-4 inch stuff, and two inches deep.
One 2-inch No. 14 screw holds case to the wall, the iron plate, Fig. 13, is screwed to the back of case and three inches down from the top; the screw enters lower part of slot, case drops down and is held firmly. Fig, 1 is a front elevation of the cabinet. The case is built solid, then cut as shown in Fig. 4. Fig. 5 shows case open. The section at G H shows the tills I, I, III, IV, V and VI open or partly open. The tills have flush draw pulls in one end. A 1/2 inch dowel, 1 inch long, set in the partition between the tills, forms a stop as shown in G H.
The letter T designates the bent-gouge case (details are shown in Fig. 12), with springs to hold tools in place. At letter R is space for three planes placed in end, with suitable buttons to hold them. There is also-room in this space for combination square, inclinometer, etc. The letter P shows the room for brace, hand" drills, planes, rabbet planes, etc. At X is space for saws and long tools. The chisel rack is in place at \V and is hinged to swing around so that one can get at both sides. At V is a rack for small bits, nail sets, plug cutter, and such small tools as are constantly in demand. This rack is a block of wood with holes bored part way through and is hinged to swing out of the way of the bit case at U which holds a complete set of bits. It is arranged same as the bent-gouge case, Fig. 13. This tool cabinet should be built of hard wood, and! if well made will last a lifetime. A continuous hinge, such as piano manufacturers use, would be better than the three hinges shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 5. The left-hand door fastens with an elbow catch and the right-hand door is secured to it with a spring lock. It may seem a good deal of work and expense to make a case like this, but the convenience will make up for that in a short time. Your tools are always in place, not scattered all over the bench and in the way. When it is time to leave the shop, there.are very few tools to gather up; just swing the doors shut and that is all.-"Wood Craft."