Custom Shop Cabinets

  • Advertise with us
Project by Tom Clark posted 02-24-2010 05:07 AM 8619 views 10 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started designing and building my own shop cabinets 25 years ago because I needed a place to store things. I also learned how to build shop cabinets quickly and easily. Soon I started throwing away machinery stands for the smaller machines, and put the small machines on cabinets that turned the wasted space under them into useful space to store things. When the router table and air cleaner were built, every square inch was filled with drawers so no space was wasted. No matter how small or large your shop is, if you make it all useable space, you double its size. You can see more of the shop on my workshop tour.

-- Tom

27 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


118200 posts in 4796 days

#1 posted 02-24-2010 05:11 AM

More great cabinets Tom


View Jeison's profile


968 posts in 4326 days

#2 posted 02-24-2010 05:13 AM

oooo very nice!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

View jim1953's profile


2744 posts in 5060 days

#3 posted 02-24-2010 05:16 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

View woodworm's profile


14477 posts in 4809 days

#4 posted 02-24-2010 05:38 AM

It’s always inspiring and fun to work in a shop with plenty of very nice & beautiful storages, racks and workstations. And it’s more enjoyable you built them yourself! Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

View Rick  Dennington's profile

Rick Dennington

7170 posts in 4413 days

#5 posted 02-24-2010 06:10 AM

Greetings Tom… I’m the same way… I build all my shop cabinets, and hate those metal stands they give you that comes with a new tool. The “footprint” is way too big, and they take up so much floor space…I’m with you on the cabinets. Besides, it’s much more fun to build your own, and customize them to your needs.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 4892 days

#6 posted 02-24-2010 06:35 AM

Nice shop cabinets.

View Jim Reeves's profile

Jim Reeves

211 posts in 4242 days

#7 posted 02-24-2010 07:23 AM

Can’t wait to get your book Tom if all goes well in 1-2 weeks hope to attempt to make the router cabinet so so nice.

-- jim

View Ken90712's profile


18058 posts in 4407 days

#8 posted 02-24-2010 11:41 AM

Nice …. 2 drill press’s side by side, show off… LOL Like the shop.. Can you tell me more about the Cab. with filter? I just got an old blower motor and plan on making a shop air filter.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View Chase's profile


448 posts in 4245 days

#9 posted 02-24-2010 01:39 PM

Wow, everything looks so beautiful and functional. I can hardly imagine having that much storage space and drawers around. Not sure if I could remember where everything is.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

View kine97/Theresa's profile


123 posts in 4997 days

#10 posted 02-24-2010 01:42 PM

I want your shop!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

View jayjay's profile


639 posts in 4264 days

#11 posted 02-24-2010 03:11 PM

Now THATS a shop!! The cabs are superb.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

View JimNEB's profile


239 posts in 4287 days

#12 posted 02-24-2010 03:50 PM

That gives your shop a really nice uniform look. I hope my shop looks that nice when I get it finished…does a shop ever get finished?

-- Jim, Nebraska

View Thos. Angle's profile

Thos. Angle

4444 posts in 5181 days

#13 posted 02-24-2010 04:12 PM

that’s the way to do it. Great looking work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

View Dwain's profile


623 posts in 5078 days

#14 posted 02-24-2010 04:33 PM

What, no drawers on the assembly table??? Seriously, that is awesome work. I would image that everything has a place in your shop.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

View cbMerlin's profile


100 posts in 4639 days

#15 posted 02-24-2010 06:18 PM

I had to zoom in some of the pictures, but I found it! 5th picture, just to the right – SAW DUST – HA! LOL. What a beautiful shop! I’m in the process of reorganization myself, you’ve set the bar awefully high, I have no hope….... Great job!

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

showing 1 through 15 of 27 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics