I am in the process of reviewing several designs of hanging hand tool storage cabinets.
The question is what goes into one of these and what does not? Where do you draw the line?
Example one neander cabinet i see has files hanging on one side along with twist drills. Then the hand drill traditional type and brace also included.
Another has carving tools and chisels.
I am stressing at what to include and what not to include. I am not specifically concerned about what is tradditional but one can get to the point where all tools are in the cabinet.
Is this the time to cut the herd down? Example i have several squares. While they are in draws i tend to grab the first one I come across. But in reality i feel if i had to face the open tool cabinet with only one in and it was a small adjustable then that would get to be the go to square. The issue then becomes what to do with the others.
Same goes for chisels.
I thought this would be a straight forward solution to tool storage but its proving to be anything but.
Example i dont ever use a old school handdrill. Have three. One the chuck has issues the other is huge one i had handed down and the third i recently got given by a friend helping a friend of his clear her dads shop and it was going in the bin if i did not take it.
Some other thoughts.....thinking aloud.......perhaps some duplicate or not used hand tools should become wall art.
I dont want to make loads of cabinets each dedicated to a specific tool. Seriously i dont intend to have a tool collection of every one of LV and LN tools. For me and my hobby use one dovetail saw is enough.
Problem is I was taught with a tenon saw, did not get taught there are several variants for different purposes. So yeah i would like to have a true tenon saw as well as my dovetail saw.
I dont intend to have 100 planes in a collection but thats what i thought long ago the trouble is the herd keeps growing even when i dont buy them.
I am also not straigt strict neander.
Then the question is what to do with home diy tools like say a channel lock pliers and sidecutters hacksaw...? Make another seperate cupboard?
I can see myself going full circle on this and getting back to the cupboard being pure neander woodworking tools.
I know my wife keeps telling me to enjoy the journey, but i been travelling long enough i want to get down to making stuff and getting organized is first. I cannot find stuff because its all in draws on top of each other and just not conducive to good organization.
Next question is how the heck does one move a tool chest after you loaded it up. I suppose its like crockery you got to take it all out and pack it individually and then unpack again.
Another thought is the opening of the cabinet with the tools showing is good mental therapy from an inspiration point of view. You dont get that when your tools are in draws out of sight and i find i often end up being stupid using the wrong tool for the job just because i dont want to go scratching for the right one. So i am thinking the cabinet will help with that.
Its kinda like having a dedicated sharpening station.
Anyone got ideas or thoughts to throw in the pot ?