Shop Cabinet Featuring Kitchen Utensil Trays

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Project by Bricofleur posted 12-11-2010 12:27 AM 9195 views 24 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The cabinet is made out of 3/4” MDF. The sides have 1/8” dadoes, 3/16” deep, to match the outside lip of the trays. Top and bottom are also 3/4” MDF while the back is 5/16” MDF. All joints are dadoes and rabbeted, glued and screwed. For the back I only used glue and brads. To space the side dadoes, I made few tests on a scrap stick to calculate the distance needed between each drawer to match the available height of 17.5” between the shelf and the upper cross braces of my workbench. I was able to make 2 rows of 10 plastic trays, evenly spaced.

I now have several small tools available within my workbench as well as many accessories like router brass guides, Miller dowels, pencils, markers, compass, etc.

Years ago I bought the white plastic pulls for $0.25 each at a flea market. Am I glad I did even is it was only “just in case of”? The bad news is that I had only 19. Luckily I found the missing one at my local home center, but I paid the full price: $1. But it was worth it!

Finally, I applied two coats of gloss polyurethane to protect my investment.

It is a great addition in my workbench and my workshop.

You can see it on this page of my website as well, explained in both English and French.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 12-11-2010 12:37 AM

When it comes to this sort of thing …. nobody does it better.

I wonder whether … if you had the interest … there wouldn’t be a commercial market for you, in custom organization for peoples’ wood shops.

Just another great project, Serge !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 12-11-2010 12:43 AM

I’ve been looking at those Lee Valley steel drawers for small items…. glad I held off. When I return from Dollarama..I’ll be getting to work!! This is a brilliant idea!! Wonder how many pounds these trays will support? Excellent!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 01:07 AM

This one’s going in my favorites.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 03:03 AM

You have done it again, Serge. Well done as usual. I look forward to your postings.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#5 posted 12-11-2010 03:07 AM

Great job! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 12-11-2010 03:20 AM

simple and clean

great idea

again !

-- 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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#7 posted 12-11-2010 03:53 AM

Wow! How do you recall what’s in each drawer? Seems like you will have a lot of surprises or frustrations. good Job!

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#8 posted 12-11-2010 04:36 AM

home made version of dandy drawers! love it, and now I think I’ll have to go to the dollar store and grab a bunch of these.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#9 posted 12-11-2010 04:47 AM

great idea
I’m putting this in favorites

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Bob Kollman

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#10 posted 12-11-2010 06:02 AM

I think David hit it on the nail head….simple and clean…..

nice work.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 12-11-2010 07:27 AM

“Finally, I applied two coats of gloss polyurethane to protect my investment.” Investment? I say Invention! Great idea, as usual from the world’s M.P.T.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#12 posted 12-11-2010 03:40 PM

Great idea! Innovative and look at the money you saved. Use the savings to buy more stuff!
fireone has a good question; are you going to label them?

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#13 posted 12-11-2010 04:04 PM

You really are Mr. DIY, you allways come up with such wonderful simple and effective ideas.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 12-11-2010 06:21 PM

I am also interested in knowing how the trays hold up when you get some weight in them. I have also been looking at the metal trays similar to this from Lee Valley, but I would guess these are much less expensive. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#15 posted 12-11-2010 06:43 PM

I like this cabinet so much that I’m glad few LJ’s are interested as well.

First, no label on the front of the drawers? Nope. I believe this is good to stretch/work out my memory. And I must agree with Fireone: Sometimes surprises and sometiimes frustations. As Dr. Scott Peck’s book title says: I take ‘The Less Travelled Road’.

Second, the following picture shows the heaviest stuff (sorry, treasures) stored in this single drawer: 115.5 oz/7.18 lbs. Watch closely, the drawer is sitting on a scale.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.



@Neil – NBeener: No interest for commercial market. Being retired, I don’t work anymore, and I want to spend the rest of my life (220 months left) enjoying my basement workshop.

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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