Shop Upgrades

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Project by treeman posted 03-31-2009 05:32 PM 8529 views 51 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have completed the latest additions to my shop upgrade. These are additional pieces that continue with the same theme as my Ultimate Storage Unit and Shop Cart.

The first picture shows the two pedestal storage and worksurface. I modified the left unit to contain extra drawers instead of the lower cabinet like the unit on the right. The shop cart I built previously neatly tucks into the area beneath the worksurface and the two pedestals.

The next two pictures are of an upright storage cabinet I built to hold various hand and bench tools.

The last image shows a general picture of my Shopsmith and work area.

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#1 posted 03-31-2009 05:48 PM

these are nice. I particularly like the corners.

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#2 posted 03-31-2009 05:59 PM

That is a beautiful job. I love when folks apply their skills and turn out nice stuff that they will use themselves. We so often have stacks of ‘recycled’ particle board kitchen cabinets with loose doors hanging from broken hinges to hold our stuff in the shop.
Best is if you want to take on comissions, and folks come to your shop – they see byt the condition of your surroundings that you are serious. I am guilty myself that I have made stuff for others that is much nicer than what I keep myself. A ‘nice’ shop gives customers confidence that a deposit they make for a commisioned piece, isn’t money down the crapper.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-31-2009 06:21 PM

Great work! The deep red color with the contrasting natural wood trim is very attractive. That’s nice looking furniture that could be used anywhere in the home as well. You’ve obviously put that Shopsmith to good use.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 03-31-2009 06:24 PM

Very nice, I like this upgrade .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 03-31-2009 07:02 PM

Great looking cabinets! You did a beautiful job on them. Are the red side panels, doors and drawer covers painted or laminate? I really like the contrasting red and natural finished parts. I need to make my shop cabinets yet and might do something similar. Thanks for the inspiration. I have done a lot of laminate work over the years and will probabaly go with laminate. You need to get your work shop listed. Love to see an organized shop.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 07:16 PM

The cabinet sides are 3/4” MDF painted. The natural parts are just construction grade lumber and plywood except for the edging on the worksurface which is red oak for durability. This is after all shop furniture and I didn’t want to go everboard with either the work or the expense.

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#7 posted 03-31-2009 07:27 PM

beautiful stuff!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 04-01-2009 06:17 AM

great job! i’m building some of the same elements from Shopnotes as well… working on the drawers right now. Quick question for you… what did you use on the top? I increased the edging to account for 1/8” hardboard that i added on top, but didn’t add any finish as of yet… it looks like you’ve got a nice finish on your work surface?

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#9 posted 04-01-2009 06:21 AM

Your shop looks great! I just set up my Shopsmith shop. My next thing is an out feed table.


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#10 posted 04-01-2009 10:52 AM


My top is two layers of 3/4” MDF laminated. I used red oak edging to give the edges some durability. The top is finished with satin poly. It can easily be sanded and refinished when required.

If you are looking at the Shopnotes version, you’ll notice that my configuration is a little different. I modified the left pedestal to be all drawers instead of 1 drawer and a cabinet. I also built my top in 3 pieces so it could be dismanteled and moved if required. I spaced the distance of the pedestals so the cart would fit underneath instead of using one pedestal and a leg like the Shopnotes version did.

All in all I’m pleased with the results and really like the consistant look of my shop now. Much better than a wooden door across two saw horses that it replaced.

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#11 posted 04-01-2009 11:26 AM

Awesome looking! Where I can I sign up for a set?

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#12 posted 04-01-2009 03:11 PM

You’re not going to use those are you ? They’re too pretty !

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#13 posted 04-01-2009 03:34 PM

treeman… thanks for the advice on the top… i took the shopnotes guide and modified it a bit myself… i did make the miter saw area and two cabinets, but the work surface is much longer than the plans originally called for… I also built the pegboard area which has worked out great! I was surprised how easy it was to make – after i figured out the setup on the table saw for the various cuts.

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#14 posted 07-09-2009 12:32 PM

Looks nice.

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#15 posted 07-12-2009 07:21 AM

wow very nice work

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