I think it is great! Inexpensive, pretty, and able to hold a large collection of tools. It has great tool visibility and uses a minimum of hardware to make. Jan Zoltowski has done a brilliant job of refining the basic tool cabinet design.
While I am not a purist, I am a predominantly hand tool user and this is a hand tool cabinet, so I see this from a hand tool users perspective. If you look through my blog you will find more than one tool storage design. You will also see where I have critiqued my own designs fairly severely. I am apparently never satisfied with my own tool storage. So don’t take my snarking on this cabinet as a deal breaker. It is still a great design and with a bit of modification would be a near perfect design.
Personally, I would strongly advise a few changes but these are things that only a predominately hand tool user would notice. I am making a few assumptions here, but the construction of the box and the scene may give us a few details about this author. He is creative, skilled and careful. He can examine designs and reduce them to their simple ideals. His plan however is clearly set up to be built with a tablesaw. This is one of the clear signs of a predominately power tool user. The flaws in this cabinet are not ones that a predominantly power tool user would normally notice or care about without them being pointed out. I would probably pass on pointing this out except for one important detail. This is a hand tool cabinet. It is a very nice hand tool cabinet. I think a review of it by a predominantly hand tool user is a very good idea.
It is a superb cabinet but it needs to be modified for use. Having spent years trying to cram an entire set of tools in an ordered but tiny space, I am only beginning to learn that tight storage is superseded by ease of access, removal and replacement.
Some empty space needs to exist in a tool box that will be used. This is a lesson that I continue to ignore to the detriment of my own tool boxes. There are many important qualities to a tool box, one of the most important qualities is to be able to take out and replace a tool easily. In a tool rack close to your work, it is ideal that you can remain organized by easily put tools where they belong instead of laying them on your bench.
With a single central cabinet, you are forced to take a few tools to the work area at times, but since you will be grabbing more than one tool at a time it is even more important that you can take and replace tools with ease and safety.
Examine the main photo of this cabinet. With the tools intact, a lot of the tools are way out of reach. This looks to me like a power tool using, hand tool collector has made a perfect display. Inexpensive, pretty, and high enough to make a great visual impression.
Since a rechargeable drill and drill press will do almost all of a power tool users screw driving and drilling, those brace bits are best left way up on the left where they can never be reached. I mean this, since I use a rechargeable drill and drill press regularly. A brace and bit can do an amazing job, but for me they remain a specialty tool.
Since the tool box uses table saw finger joints, the odds are good that the dovetail saws are predominantly ornamental. The difficulty in getting them out, without standing on a stool, is not a problem in this case. When I look at making this case, the first thing I want to do is convert it to dovetails. In other words, the way the saws are stored here would not be acceptable to me.
The highly ornamental long chisels on the right are expensive and are not the first ones that I would grab. Hopefully in this case they will never be used, and hopefully the owner will not tolerate someone putting finger prints on them. Otherwise the screwdrivers above them are set to fall one of the times the chisels are removed and will probably injure a foot or break on the floor.
This cabinet has truing and jack planes out of reach and specialty planes right at hand. This works for a power tool user that needs hand tools for a few operations, but it would never do for a seriously dedicated hand tool user.
If you removed a few of the tools that are only going to be used once a year, and carefully store them in a tool chest, then you would have more than enough room to make this cabinet safe and convenient.
While I think this design needs a bit of modification, I still think this is the best all purpose, inexpensive, central, hand tool cabinet design that I have seen to date. All that and the plans are free!