I find this pretty easy to determine. What are the tools I have touched the most in the last week . . . that would be them .
Seriously though, it depends on what the cabinet is. Is it a storage cabinet or is it an accessibility aid, or is it both? If it is a storage cabinet then I would lay things out on a large piece of paper, shuffle them around till they weren't too mixed together and had the most logical positions I could get without sacrificing density, draw around them and build to that. If this is a cabinet that is supposed to present your tools to you for use, I would have the most frequently grabbed tools gathered together and fan out from there.
Depending on the cabinet design you may have swingout panels behind the doors, cubbies and drawers. I may do things backwards but, I decide what is going in my drawers first. This determines their size and positions. Cubbies would be determined by the planes or other items I will put in them (honestly I have sort of abandoned cubbies in favor of hanging the planes by their knobs a-la Chris Gochnour: http://www.finewoodworking.com/works...e-at-hand.aspx
Chisels, marking and measuring and low profile tools would be on the inside of the doors. Other lightweight items would be on swing panels. Alas, there is no blueprint, only the many examples of other folks along with their "if I was to do it again" lists. I really like Mike Pekovich's video on his current cabinet and the making of version 2: http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/...g-tool-cabinet, very educational.
Last edited by glenn bradley; 10-28-2013 at 05:37 PM.
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