My zero cost ugly shop cabinet

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Project by gridlockd posted 12-16-2014 07:12 PM 1772 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was a necessity built cabinet. the story goes like this: I upgraded a couple pieces of equipment in my shop, went from an old craftsman to a newer Jet tablesaw, and from a Jet 14” bandsaw to a Jet 18” resawing bandsaw. when i got the new tablesaw, as seen in the background, it had no shelf or storage under the 52” side table, therefore, no place to put my miters, jigs, accessories, etc. that are constantly used with the tablesaw. so, having blown my cash wad on the new tools, i had to get creative with making storage. So was born the ugly cabinet you see here! from the wheels to the top and everything in between was either something i have collected over the years or cutoff/leftovers from another project. And my wife gives me a hard time about not throwing things away….shame on her! anyway, it’s about 27” deep x 34” wide x 24” tall. it’s ugly, it’s a mish-mash of different lumber, it’s recycled, but hey, it’s free too!

thanks for looking!

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 08:33 PM

Free is always good. I also pickup stuff that has been dumped at the curbs in my neighorhood and try to save anything good from it like hinges , knobs , door pulls , slides etc. and even the thin 1/8” bottoms from dresser drawers can be used in small boxes as a bottom. I keep as much as my Very Limited storage will allow and then toss the rest in the dumpster. I did pickup a small discarded roll around cabinet that my benchtop drill press now sits on and my bits are stored in the drawer it has.

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 09:46 PM

Hey, free is GOOD! And I see nothing wrong with that cabinet. So what if some of the pieces dont exactly match? Something that USEFUL doesn’t have to impress anybody !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 02:56 AM

I have a few ugly cabinets in my shop. You can never have enough storage. In the new year I`m going to finally use up some of the plywood that a friend gave me, that has been in the garage for about 5 years because I need another cabinet.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 02:18 PM

If the mismatch wood really bothers you in your shop, buy a $5 can of black paint, slap some on and you are good to go.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 06:37 PM

I like the ugly cabinet, and need to make a couple myself. I was just going through my scrap plywood and don’t
have enough of any one type to make the cabinets I need. Great idea. I like free, and also salvage what I can from around the neighorhood.

-- John

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 07:04 PM

Nice job!
I paint all my ugly, simple, shop stands, cabinets, Valspar Primer gray. That way it kinda looks like it goes together HAHA.

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