Shop Cabinets and work bench

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Project by cynic73 posted 07-16-2014 01:38 PM 4082 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the Cabinets out of MDF and Rolling Chop saw station out of Birch plywood and Left over MDF. The router cabinet is the Bosch RA1171 table top router cabinet I just built a better box around it. I kept the router table all original in case I ever decide to sell it and upgrade. The wood cart is scrap ply and the rest of the birch ply Its a Steve Ramsey design its very cool and works great. Thanks Steve! The cabinets and chop saw stand are from an old episode of a new yankee workshop build. I just modified them to my needs. I am undecided if i am going to paint the cabinets and I have never painted MDF.

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#1 posted 07-16-2014 01:51 PM

Nice looking shop cabinets. I never have finished any of my shop cabinets, just me looking at them.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 02:37 PM

Looks very well organized and the cabinetry will serve you well for many years. I am glad to see that you have doors on all your cabinets. Dust control is the major advantage. Which reminds me, I have a few doors to complete on my cabinets.

Thanks for sharing some photos.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-16-2014 02:48 PM

That’s a nice looking set up.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 03:25 PM

Very nice setup. Painting MDF is pretty easy. The edges will soak up the paint and sometimes needs 3 coats.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 06:52 PM

Very inspirational for me. I need to build new cabinets … but I’ve been saying that for a few years now. Perhaps this winter….

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 07:58 PM

The end grain of MDF is natty at best … I use a bit of drywall compound, sand it smooth, and lay the paint to it.
This will kind of seal the end grain, sometimes a second coat is needed, depends on the paint.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 07-16-2014 09:59 PM

very nice shop.great looking cabinets.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 07-16-2014 10:21 PM

Thanks I appreciate all the kind comments it means a lot to a newbie. I plan on building a writing/computer desk next, so we will see how that goes. I would like to use hard woods instead of plywood.

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#9 posted 07-16-2014 10:25 PM

any recommendations for paint? I still am undecided if i want to paint, but white would match the walls and brighten up the shop. I have been painting all my jigs and such blue. That might be cool or way to much blue in one room.

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#10 posted 07-16-2014 11:17 PM

Great job…reminds me of mine :-) But I got some new ideas, too.

-- Making sawdust in Idaho since 1968

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#11 posted 07-17-2014 12:56 AM

If say white fir light. Get it? Fir instead of for?

Should’ve been a comedian

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 07-17-2014 03:45 PM

cynic73, I live just north of you in Surprise, I used a lot of white paint in my shop to brighten it up and added sky lights … I rarely turn on the lights during the day. Your welcome to come visit my shop and see what you do or do not like … PM me for the phone #

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 07-24-2014 04:54 PM

Holy Crap, you built my garage before I could. I actually bought the plans from NYW (felt bad because I’ve watched all of Norm’s old vids on YouTube) for that garage – how do you like the fold out table with storage below? I have the same router table and I integrated it into the right side of my Delta TS, and I plan to build Ramsey’s wood-cart as well because it’s a simple, utilitarian design. Very nice work

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#14 posted 09-22-2014 06:26 AM

I love the fold out table. I did not end up doing the sliding tool trays below. I ran out of wood and wanted it done. I made my own drawer slides and went the cheeper route. I couldn’t bring my self to cutting a hole into the fold out as a router table because I built that rolling cabinet around my bosch router table and I like more table space. The plans and build out were pretty straight foreword for an amateur woodworker such as my self. This was essentially the first wood working I attempted. Post some pics when you build yours!

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#15 posted 01-26-2015 06:00 PM

Nice looking work and good layout. You will enjoy having a well laid out and organized shop.
Keep up the good work.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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