NLE Storage Cabinet

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Project by PurpLev posted 07-29-2009 08:09 PM 4205 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an old project, that I just ran across it’s photos, and thought I might as well post it here.

This was a storage cabinet for my NLE (Non Linear Editing) workstation (I used to do video editing, and computer animation). the cabinet was designed to be deep and high enough to completely fill the space under my desk to maximize storage space. it had 3 drawers (1 for paper files, 1 for DVD backups, and 1 for DV Media Backups, and raw footage). It also has a covered deep shelf for rulers, cutting boards, and other long/flat items that didn’t have a suitable place, and a top that was used as extra space to hold things when needed.

the cabinet is made entirely from 1/2” birch plywood, and was made with a cordless set of drill+circular saw (when I still had life in the batteries) and drywall screws… one of my first projects. the back is 1/2” birch plywood nailed in with pin nails and a hammer. then the entire thing was sanded and left unfinished.

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

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#1 posted 07-29-2009 08:13 PM

Looks very good for an early on in my WW learning curve project! It is very nice to have the skills to build something that meets/exceeds your needs instead of getting something generic and just works but with compremises….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 07-29-2009 08:46 PM

Nice way to take control of a situation and tailor it to what you want. Well done, functional project. Drawers can be more involved than they appear.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 07-29-2009 10:44 PM

Even with limited tools and materials, your skills are evident here.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 10:54 PM

Good job man for just having a screw gun and saw. you did good.

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

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 01:36 AM

super storage great job


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#6 posted 07-30-2009 02:54 AM

Nice looking cabinet, especially using only the tools you mentioned. I wouldn’t even have attempted it with only those tools. So what kind of finish are you contemplating at this point? Let us see it again when you finish it!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 03:49 PM

Thanks, I think that making custom pieces is why we’re in this business… just can’t find something to fit within 1/8” to your space at the store.

Ken – I never finished the piece, and since I rearranged some things around several years after, I reclaimed the material from this cabinet to some drawers…. lol.

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

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#8 posted 08-16-2009 04:56 AM

Nice storage cabinet.

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