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Project by groyal posted 07-13-2009 05:24 AM 13251 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first cabinet making project. It was a lot easier sketching a design out on a notepad.

My intent was to make these modular so that they can be taken down and moved if we ever decide to. As a consequence, it’s probably a bit overbuilt. I wish I could tell you how many re-cuts I had to make doing this, but it has been a great learning experience.

Now, I’m going to build some smaller projects before tackling cabinets for the laundry room.

-- Glenn - Seabrook, TX

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#1 posted 07-13-2009 05:33 AM

Looks good Glenn

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#2 posted 07-13-2009 05:42 AM

OMG…............Come to California and take care of my garage….......Please

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 07-13-2009 05:46 AM

As an added bonus, we had a heat wave with temps hitting 100 degrees for several days while I was working on these. And, hurricane season is here. Good thing these are made to transport, I’ll take them with me when we go on our next “hurrication.”

-- Glenn - Seabrook, TX

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#4 posted 07-13-2009 06:22 AM

Great job!!

When you are on your next hurrication come through Dallas and I can put you to work in my garage. I don’t have anything near that well built.


-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#5 posted 07-13-2009 06:53 AM

I bet it won’t take long to fill them up…nice work and good luck with the laundry rm. Blkcherry

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#6 posted 07-13-2009 11:16 AM

Good job Glen…..well done.

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#7 posted 07-13-2009 12:33 PM

Great looking cabinets for your first try. Look fantastic. Wish I had those in my workshop.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 07-13-2009 12:38 PM

Looks good. What kind of finish did you put on them?

-- Steve - kingwood, Texas

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#9 posted 07-13-2009 01:32 PM

very nice work,
and closed cabs are the only way to find something in the shop ,
for all the dust that covers everything !
welcome .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 07-13-2009 03:13 PM

They look good to me. Thanks for posting.

-- Rusty

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#11 posted 07-13-2009 03:16 PM

Nice job, I wish I had taken that much care when I built my cabinets. Mine are just 3/8s plywood. Made them cheap with 2X2 frames.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 07-13-2009 05:24 PM

Great looking cabinets. What kind of material did you use?

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#13 posted 07-13-2009 06:20 PM

beautiful job! makes my garage look pretty shabby :)

-- Chuck,

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#14 posted 07-13-2009 08:00 PM

Thanks for the comments – I appreciate it. I used 3/4” birch plywood for the case and poplar for the rails and stiles. The shelves are birch plywood with poplar edge banding, and the backing is luan plywood. All purchased at a big box home improvement store.

I made the inner door stiles and top/bottom rails each 1/2 the width of the outer stiles and rails to match the overall dimensions. On the drawer case, I cut the left side door 3/8” too narrow. I remedied this by glueing a 3/8” length of poplar with a roundover bead on it. It actually looks pretty cool and I’ll use this on other work I plan on doing. Not my idea – read about in a design book.

My wife selected the color of the wipe on stain and she painted the shelves black with a poly topcoat. We’re thinking about putting poly on the exterior, but then again this is a garage.

-- Glenn - Seabrook, TX

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#15 posted 07-14-2009 03:37 AM

... and a nice looking garage it is!

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