Sliding Door Utility Cabinet for Garage

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Project by Scottlj posted 09-10-2014 03:58 AM 4041 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Sliding Door Utility Cabinet for Garage
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Goal: Put a cabinet up in top back of garage to get gardening chemicals off the floor to avoid new puppy sniffing around them if she got out that way. And just to be an organizing junkie and have an excuse to build something.

The Plans: I used a modified version of plans generously provided by:

Thanks to Steve Ramsey for the plans.

My changes included sizing for my needs, use of pocket hole joinery so I didn’t feel I needed the side cleats to mount shelves, and on one side, I added some pegboard. (Because I had some extra and figured this would be good for some stuff like spare weed trimmer wheels, etc.) Also, I didn’t feel compelled to put a face frame on it as it’s pure utility in back of garage.

  • Mostly 3/4 Birch Plywood
  • 1/4” ply for the doors
  • 2×3” pine, bevel cut to create French cleat hanger to mount on wall.
  • Pegboard for one side
  • Used this sliding door track from Rockler (used 10% discount code.)
  • Some plastic liners for the shelves from HD
  • Pocket hole joinery from top and bottom to attach the sides. Neither the top nor the bottom are viewable. Same for the internal shelf, where pocket holes may be slightly viewable from outside, but again, this is just a utility cabinet. If this was someplace nicer, I’d have either plugged the pocket holes or used dowels or something.
  • Ply rip cuts done on Bosch 4100 table saw. Cross cuts using Ryobi circular saw.
  • The 13/16” dados for the sliding track on the top and bottom plywood was done with a Freud dado set on the table saw.
  • Used some scrap 3/4 ply to make 1/2” strips on side to mount pegboard with some space for the pegs. Used air brad nailer to attach the pegboard to the mounting strips.
  • Used Ridgid saw hole cutter kit 2” cutter to make holes in doors to slide them.

End result:
Chemicals off the floor.

Left to do: Maybe wax top/bottom of doors. They slide easily enough, but should be even easier with bit of wax.

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 10:54 PM

I like the peg board addition.
Very clever. Nice job!


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#2 posted 09-11-2014 01:08 AM

Thanks. I had extra from a rolling cart project I’d found on here. I’d needed some 6’ slices, so had to get a 4’x8’ sheet. Still trying to find a few more applications for it. But if you liked the side panel, you might like this one as well… (I think I’d gotten this idea from someone on here as well.)

The sliders just use some old 2×3’s as runners, with 1/4” dados down center. Then a little wax on the edges of the pegboard. Just need to get some more pegs/hooks, then I’ve got room for… yup… more tools!

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