Tool Cupboard

One of the most frustrating things that can happen while you are working on a project is when you can’t find your tools. So the Get it Done team decide to build a workshop tool cupboard to overcome this issue. See how they build it step by step to inspire you to make your own.

What you will need:

Tools Material list
PCM 7 Compound Mitre saw 18mm Ply wood (better quality is best)
PST 18 JigSaw Backing 1000mm x 1000mm – 1 piece
PSR 18 Cordless drill Doors 500mm x 500mm – 2 piece
PSM 18 Cordless Sander Cupboard sides and inserts 1000 x 100mm – 7 pieces (NB grain in direction of long side)
PFS 300 spray gun Door sides 1000 mm x 60mm – 6 pieces
Uneo with 8mm uneo bits door inserts 1000mm x 50mm – 2pieces
  Door catches, metal clip/push in time x 4
  door handles 100-150mm long – 2 pieces
  piano hinge x 1000mm x 2 – 2 pieces
  4×40 mm screws
  Clear varnish (water based) – 1lt
  wood glue
  Cup hooks (medium and large)
  Nail in anchors 8 x 120mm – 6 pieces

Steps to build your cupboard

  1. Have your wood cut according to the cutting list supplied.
  2. Cupboard Section
  3. Marking Out
    1. Mark out on each side (all four sides) of the backing board where each side joins to the backing board to make a frame.
    2. Inside the markings you just made, mark out where to drill the pilot holes. Roughly 10 cm apart.
    3. Place the inside shelves where you want them using the doors as a guide for your first shelf. The doors should overlap the shelf so when you close them they cover the shelf. 
    4. Mark out along each shelf and mark out for your pilot holes in between each of the shelves markings.
  4. Joining
    1. Drill all the pilot holes
    2. Fasten all the sides to the backing board which will leave you with a frame attached to a backing board.
    3. Measure the inside of the frame where you want your shelves and cut them accordingly.
    4. Fasten the inside shelves to the sides and through the backing board.
    5. Fasten second shelf that will be below the doors
    6. Measure the length of the cupboard from the top slat to the first shelf (covered by doors) to get the measurement for the dividing slats on either side of cupboard for the small shelves. Decide what width you would like your small shelves to be and cut accordingly.
    7. Drill the holes for the small shelf brackets on either side of the cupboard on the inside and follow the same measurements through to dividing slats that you just cut.
    8. Fasten the dividing slats to the cupboard on both sides.   
  5. The Doors
    1. Mark out for sides, top and bottom on the backing board exactly where they fit on each door
    2. Drill pilot holes
    3. Fasten all four sides to backing board.
    4. Measure and cut inside slats to size
    5. Draw out and cut out grooves for tools – use the tools you have as a guide
    6. Drill holes where you markings are using a spade bit and cut out with jigsaw on one side to make a groove where needed
    7. Fasten slats inside of doors
  6. Sand and varnish
    1. Use a medium grit sandpaper to remove rough edges and splinters
    2. Use a varnish of you choice –  we used a water based clear varnish
  7. Fitting Doors
    1. Cut piano hinges to size and fasten the doors onto cupboard – one half of the hinge should be fastened to the door and the other half to the cupboard.
    2. Fit handles to each door by drilling two holes in each door using the handles screw holes as a guide.
    3. Line up the door catches so that one half of the catch on the door clips into the other half that is attached to the cupboard.
  8. Mounting Cabinet to Wall
    1. Drill holes into backing for fastening onto the wall.
    2. While holding the cupboard against the wall and using a spirit level make marks on the wall with a pencil through the holes you’ve just drilled on the wall. Use the level to keep cupboard straight.
    3. Drill the holes in the wall using a bit the same size as your wall plug.
    4. Place cupboard against wall and line up with holes just drilled.
    5. Place wall plugs into the holes and hammer them in.
    6. Use cup hooks to hang extra tools

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