My Garage/Work Shop Makeover #2: Cabinets for the Alcove

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 06-19-2013 05:35 AM 6007 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: What a Mess! Part 2 of My Garage/Work Shop Makeover series Part 3: New Cabinets Over the Tool Box »

Finally, I am making some progress. The first two cabinets are being made from A/B Sanded pine plywood. Since I am painting them, they should look OK when I get through.

I forgot to mention in the first entry that I am using pocket hole construction to build the cabinets. No glue is used except where I attach the French cleat to the back of the cabinet. I glued and screwed it. I used this series of Kreg videos as my inspiration and I sorta followed the guys path of construction.

I have a pocket hole jig that I bought last year. It works pretty good for me. I attached the dust collector shroud and usually connect it to a Bucket Max from Lowe’s. It provides good suction and generally helps keep the board sucked to the jig when I am moving it around and setting up to drill the next hole.

It hangs on the wall when not in use.

As stated previously, I built two cabinets and mounted them on the wall using French cleats. One cabinet would have been hard for me to mount by myself. So I built two of them.

I painted the pieces before assembly. Much easier on my tired old aching arms. A coat of primer and two coats of Battleship Gray! :-)

And here are the cabinets hung and stocked with all of my paints and stains that I normally use. I am a pretty happy camper.

I may add another shelf later but for now, that is all I am going to do until it is time to build the face frames.

Note: To drill the shelf pin holes, I bought the Kreg Shelf Pin Jig. That thing works great. I wish it was longer, but I made it. I even helped a friend that needed shelf pins for her entertainment center. I was able to set up a spacer and drill the holes for her. Perfect!

Stay tuned. Don’t touch that dial. The next entry will be the construction of the cabinets that will be mounted on the wall above the rolling tool box.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 02:14 PM


Great cabinets, good solid build.

3/4” plywood, should be able to park a Buick in them if need be. ;-)

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 03:31 PM

Thanks grandpa. They are square, level, and screwed together. The face frame should make them look like one cabinet.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 08:09 PM

very nice.great work and already filled up.what more could you want.thanks for sharing…

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 01:49 AM

Great start. Starting to look better already. Gotta Love the Kreg Jig. Thanks for the small tip about the Lowes Bucket Max been wondering how well they work. May have to pick one up for the shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 05-08-2014 12:59 AM

I couldn’t stand the mess any longer. Today, I cleaned off the metal shelving unit, posted a picture of it on FaceBook, and found someone to take it. Turns out, it was my wife’s nephew. His girlfriend has potted plants and this stand will work great for them. I have had this stand for almost thirty years. :-)


With the stand removed and the area cleaned up, I proceeded to attach a couple of pieces of 1/2 inch plywood to the wall. And I mounted a shelf that I had used previously. It has a power bar. That should come in handy.

One of the reasons I wanted this wall space, is to store my pocket hole jig and the table saw sled.
I screwed on a bracket of the pocket hole jig/sled to rest on and added a lip of 1/2 inch plywood. To keep it from falling, I fabricated two catches to hold the sled in place.

Then I mounted a shaker peg on the plywood so the table saw sled would have a place to hang. There was already a hole in the sled, so this worked nicely.

Lastly, I added a separate piece of plywood with another shaker peg so my table saw auxiliary fence would have a place to hang. When all was said and done, my HVLP sprayer sits underneath nicely.

Finding a place to hang these pieces of equipment helped clear the floor of stuff that constantly gets in the way.

Here is the after pic with everything in it’s place. Feeling pretty happy tonight.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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