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Tool Storage Cabinet



Tool storage is a necessity in any shop. While storage is great, accessible storage is even better. That's why I designed this tool storage cabinet. I used pegboard to display the tools and allow for great accessibility. With doors, not only do you more than double your hanging space but you do so with a small footprint.

Photos of the build can be seen below but if you intent to take on this project I recommend you download the printable PDF to have with you in the shop. For more great plans like this be sure to check out my bio as well as many more projects on rogueengineer.com.

Click here to download Rogue Engineer's project plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Using the provided cut list, cut the boards down to size per the dimensions provided.

    2. Step: 2

      To cut the dados you'll need to mount a 1/4" dado blade stack on your table saw. Set the depth to 1/4" and use a scrap piece of wood to assure the depth is correct.

    3. Step: 3

      Apply tape to the location of the dados (especially when cross cutting) to reduce the amount of tear out.

    4. Step: 4

      Assemble the frame per step two of the plans. The dados should be toward the back of the unit to hold the pegboard.

    5. Step: 5

      Install the bottom shelf per step three of the plans.

    6. Step: 6

      Install the pegboard and top per step four of the plans.

    7. Step: 7

      The 1/4" dividers can be inserted into the dados on the lower shelf. I used these sections to house 11"x5"x5" Akro Bins.

    8. Step: 8

      Now cut the dados for the door and assemble per step six of the plans.

    9. Step: 9

      Both doors and wall unit completed.

    10. Step: 10

      Cut the 30" stock piano hinge down to 28" with a hack saw.

    11. Step: 11

      Install the doors using the trimmed piano hinges and included hardware. You may also install magnetic catches so the doors stay in the closed position.

    12. Step: 12

      Start hanging tools!! I love this cabinet and the bins are amazing for stuff like pencils, tape measures, bits, tape, etc...

Comments (44)


  • I don't see a link for the plans that are mentioned throughout. Am i overlooking the obvious?
    By shnu, on May 2, 2016
    • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016
    • Thanks, see them now. Just be warned, I'm going to blame you for being late to our Mother's Day plans this weekend!
      By shnu, on May 4, 2016
    • Haha, I'll totally take the blame.
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016
    • Almost done, just need to attach the doors. Seeing it in person, I wish I'd splurged on nicer plywood. This is worth it!
      By shnu, on May 16, 2016

  • Great use of space.
    By user113820, on May 3, 2016

  • I also don't see the downloadable plan and would very much like it. Thanks.
    By dragonslayerone, on May 3, 2016
    • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016
    • Thanks Rogue! : )
      By dragonslayerone, on May 4, 2016

  • I think this would work perfectly for me. Where can I get the plans?
    By wolffmichael, on May 3, 2016
    • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

  • I also don't see the downloadable plan and would very much like it. Thanks.
    By Mesquitta, on May 3, 2016
    • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

  • I would like to see how/method was used to mount the storage cabinet.
    By halvara1, on May 3, 2016
    • The plans are now attached as a link in the description. In there I show how it was anchored to the wall studs with 2-1/2" wood screws.
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

  • Click on his BIO, the link to his site is there. https://www.ryobitools.com/user/rogue_engineer/profile Rogue Engineer is the only DIY'er that I follow. This cabinet is killer!!
    By JWill417, on May 3, 2016

  • are there step by step instructions for this project?
    By Pt5515, on May 3, 2016
    • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

  • like several others here I would like a set of plans if they are available
    By woodstock, on May 3, 2016
    • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

  • I would like a set of plans if they are available
    By kb7fxj, on May 3, 2016
    • Sorry about the delay, the plans are now attached as a link in the description. Happy building!
      By Rogue Engineer, on May 4, 2016

  • Hey everyone! I'm so sorry for the delay, the PDF should have been included when this went live but we are working to get it added today or tomorrow.
    By Rogue Engineer, on May 3, 2016

  • hi there, I received follow up replies but the link to the replies at ryobi nation isn't working and has been checked by windows with comments about the link not responding FYI :)
    By woodstock, on May 3, 2016

  • Hey RYOBI Nation, we apologize for the delay in getting the project plans to you. They are live and ready to download! We can't wait to see you build this awesome cabinet!
    By RYOBI Nation, on May 4, 2016

  • It is above. Just click on "provided cut list" picture (above) and the Plan pops up. Then "save as", to Your computer files.
    By Tug Hercules, on May 4, 2016

  • Does anyone else have a problem getting back to this forum when replies are posted. I got an ermail from ryobination re a comment by dragonslayerone but cannot get to the page on wither my laptop or pc. Fianlly had to come the circuitous route to get the plans Thanks Rogues
    By woodstock, on May 4, 2016
    • Hi woodstock, thank you for bringing this to our attention! We are working on fixing this now, thank you!
      By RYOBI Nation, on May 6, 2016

  • I've just done this build. Love it! Where did you get the base cabinets, under the work bench?
    By cbosso, on May 27, 2016

  • How do you think this would turn out if different hinges were used? I'd rather not pay close to $50 a pop for the hinges. Maybe two or three smaller hinges for each one?
    By StarkIndustrias, on September 8, 2016

  • My son gave me a gift card and plans for garage organization. This fit perfectly into our goals. This was SUCH a fun project to do together. I have never tackled something like this before. We had our local Home Depot cut the plywood and peg board for us. We bought a portable Ryobi table saw and a Kreg jig -- so satisfying to learn to use these tools safely and build something so great!
    By davenorth, on October 6, 2016

  • Great project. Whats the measurements of the dado cuts? How far down on the side panels were they cut? It looks like the 2 1/2 framing bracket connects to the side panels ( 12 X 36) above the dado cuts.
    By Pgibson821, on December 1, 2016

  • Hi Rogue great job on the tool storage but what the size of the piano hinge ? x 30"
    By fubarsport, on February 3, 2017
    • 30 inch hinge. Cut to 28.
      By Jeff Homan, on February 20, 2017

  • I am using the best finished plywood. Real smooth looking..cut all materials yesterday and will do the Dado cuts (will be using a router for this job). Peg board at home depot was 3/16 so I will have to make slight adjustments to certain areas. Pictures will follow no later than tomorrow I hope.
    By Jeff Homan, on February 20, 2017

  • Love this
    By Lookout, on July 11, 2017

  • Can't seem to download the plans. Click on the link but nothing happens?
    By Young Al, on July 18, 2017


  • I started putting this together and noticed that the cut list calls for 5 7/8" wide dividers but with a 1/4"x1/4" dado the plants call for they actually need to be 6 1/4" wide.
    By D_Weasel, on June 4, 2018

  • I built this and it turned out great.  I left out the two most central dividers to give myself a wider space where I keep all my manuals. Thanks!
    By dfoliver, on September 18, 2018

  • I am unable to download the plans. It says that they can not be found.
    By Tbarton601, on May 6, 2019

  • This project was a fun build! Thank you for sharing your plans.
    By mwierzbicki, on November 7, 2019

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Tool Storage Cabinet

by Rogue Engineer
Apr 17, 2016

Tool storage is a necessity in any shop. While storage is great, accessible storage is even better. That's why I designed this tool storage cabinet. I used pegboard to display the tools and allow for great accessibility. With doors, not only do you more than double your hanging space but you do so with a small footprint. Photos of the build can be seen below but if you intent to take on this project I recommend you download the printable PDF to have with you in the shop. For more great plans like this be sure to check out my bio as well as many more projects on rogueengineer.com. <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/DIY%20Pegboard%20Wall%20Tool%20Storage%20Plans%20-%20Printable%20PDF.PDF">Click here to download Rogue Engineer's project plans for this How-To!</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Using the provided cut list, cut the boards down to size per the dimensions provided.

  2. Step: 2

    To cut the dados you'll need to mount a 1/4" dado blade stack on your table saw. Set the depth to 1/4" and use a scrap piece of wood to assure the depth is correct.

  3. Step: 3

    Apply tape to the location of the dados (especially when cross cutting) to reduce the amount of tear out.

  4. Step: 4

    Assemble the frame per step two of the plans. The dados should be toward the back of the unit to hold the pegboard.

  5. Step: 5

    Install the bottom shelf per step three of the plans.

  6. Step: 6

    Install the pegboard and top per step four of the plans.

  7. Step: 7

    The 1/4" dividers can be inserted into the dados on the lower shelf. I used these sections to house 11"x5"x5" Akro Bins.

  8. Step: 8

    Now cut the dados for the door and assemble per step six of the plans.

  9. Step: 9

    Both doors and wall unit completed.

  10. Step: 10

    Cut the 30" stock piano hinge down to 28" with a hack saw.

  11. Step: 11

    Install the doors using the trimmed piano hinges and included hardware. You may also install magnetic catches so the doors stay in the closed position.

  12. Step: 12

    Start hanging tools!! I love this cabinet and the bins are amazing for stuff like pencils, tape measures, bits, tape, etc...