Add Your Project

  • Home
  • Projects
  • Storage & Organization
  • [#<Breadcrumb:0x000000000bb914e0 @title="Home", @path="/nation">, #<Breadcrumb:0x000000000bb910d0 @title="Projects", @path="/nation/projects">, #<Breadcrumb:0x000000000bb50fa8 @title="Storage & Organization", @path="/nation/how-tos/category/storage-organization">]

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!

Show More
  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Large 97541dff 9910 41a2 a570 4d549b2cdeed

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

    2. Step: 2

      Large a2b6270c 1bb2 4d0c 9205 b470f9fa9258

      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

      Large 24395127 ddec 48b0 ad7e 6ef14a2e4ddf

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

    4. Step: 4

      Large 6c914459 2330 4ed0 bea6 bd257d193fc4

      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

      Large 4c81ddbc 9622 42d4 ab32 dd3d3019df7a

      Install the bottom shelf per step three of the plans.

    6. Step: 6

      Large 57c5f768 d027 4039 b7b9 ecad1e1acb28

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

    7. Step: 7

      Large 6c54485d a4b8 4924 b7dd 0d2dc7ab3608

      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

      Large bf6650e0 7cd9 44b5 a1fe df9e5c8a4430

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

    9. Step: 9

      Large 6f2bd408 43b2 466b b0ad 29a4354e54aa

      Both doors and wall unit completed.

    10. Step: 10

      Large 1d61d753 7c85 4b8f ae65 5b2f240c7fc4

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

    11. Step: 11

      Large 937e662c 382e 4851 a245 47c1efe7e75b

      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

      Large b3893ff9 49b6 4850 acc2 3b8d059a342e

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

Comments (40)


  • 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


Members Also Viewed

back to top?

Asset 1

Join RYOBI Nation

We're so glad you're here! Let's get started.

Welcome

Let's build your project feed!

Select some categories to pick the kinds of projects that show up on your home page:


Welcome to Nation

welcome_r2 graphic
Welcome to your RYOBI Nation quick start guide, a fast and easy way to see everything that's waiting for you!
project_feed_r1 graphic
Your feed shows the latest projects from the categories you’ve selected, right on your homepage!
upload_r2 graphic
Are you working on something awesome? Upload your DIY projects today, and share with other members.
contests_r2 graphic
We award monthly and annual prizes for the best projects, worth up to $2500 in RYOBI tools! That’s a lot of hardware, and it could all be yours.
connect_r2 graphic
RYOBI Nation is a positive connection between people who are creating great things.
You can follow fellow members, like their projects, and comment to let them know they’re doing a great job.
notifications_r1 graphic
Come back to RYOBI Nation often to see what is new and to stay in touch.
If you're on a mobile device, don't forget you can add RYOBI Nation to your home screen for quick access to your project feed.