Shop Cabinet

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Project by Wintergreen78 posted 11-07-2019 11:43 PM 1375 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this out of poplar, with a maple top. I wanted more storage plus another work surface. It was all done by hand and all solid wood except for the plywood drawer bottoms.

It was good practice cutting half-blind dovetails and fitting drawers. By the end of this I was pretty happy with how my joints on my drawers came out.

I’m also pretty new to making frame and panel pieces. Both sides, the bottom, and the two doors gave me pretty good practice on those. I thought I had gotten the doors pretty good, but I’ve got a little twist in one of them. I also hadn’t hung doors before this. They were looking pretty good before I painted, but after I took them off to paint and put them back on, they weren’t hanging quite right. I’ll probably take them off one more time and do a little tweaking to see if I can get them just right. Part of it seems to be that the screws I got don’t want to seat completely in the hinges. They look like they might be hitting each other and keeping the hinges from closing all the way.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this came out. I feel like I got some good experience making it, learned some new techniques, and got some confidence to tackle something a little fancier next. Plus, I’ve got more storage space in my garage now! I’ll probably make some little boxes and trays for small tools so I can keep things in the cabinet and just pull out a tray and take it to the bench when I need things.

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#1 posted 11-08-2019 12:24 AM

That is an impressive piece. The dimensions are pleasing and the paint color is great. My shop pieces tend to be utilitarian, but I do wonder if sometimes I should be using shop pieces to build my skills. Congrats on honing your hand tool skills.

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 12:25 AM

Congratulations on building your shop cabinet by hand. I like the painted finish along side the tool chest. The door issue is probably the hinges like you said. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 01:16 AM

That’s a great looking cabinet. Doing it all by hand, my hat is off to you.

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 02:05 AM

Very nice. Your handwork turned out great. I like the drawer pulls too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 11-08-2019 04:40 AM

Nice looking cabinet. Sounds like a lot of firsts, which is always good, especially when you nail them.

they weren’t hanging quite right.

They look like they might be hitting each other and keeping the hinges from closing all the way.

- Wintergreen78

If they closed well before paint, conventional logic says you have some paint to remove, but poorly closing hinges is also sometimes a problem in itself.

A great article for hinges.

Note they say a good set of hinges “SHOULD” include the correct screws. A lot of time the manufacturer buyer, has never hung a hinge, and has no idea, except that his Boss is happy when he saves them $$$$$$$$$ So he buys 82’s for 90’s, or 90’s for 82’s whatever costs less.

So look at the portion talking about Countersink angles. There is nothing in this world that will keep a hinge apart like having a 90 degree screw head in an 82 degree countersink on the hinge. Factor a screw in each half of the hinge, both protruding 1/8”, you net at 1/4 from both halves. As Croc Dundee would say, Now that’s a gap….

Just a thought that came to mind reading your text. Maybe it’s paint.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 11-08-2019 04:43 AM

Thanks! I spent some time sketching it out to try and get the proportions right. This was also a chance to see how I like milk paint. This finish ended up with a bit of texture, which i kind of like and is fine for shop furniture. Overall I really like the paint and I think I’ve figured out how to get a smoother finish without getting stuck sanding all day.

I bet it is the screw head angle! The hinges didn’t come with screws, but they call for #6, which is what I used. I’m going to look at that more closely tomorrow. I only had a handful of screws in before pulling the doors off to paint them, and I thought I was pretty careful about taping the mortises and making sure the hinges seated well when I put them back on

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#7 posted 11-08-2019 03:07 PM

Like the Cabinet, I need to build something like it for Sharpening Station!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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