Utility Cabinet

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-15-2020 01:49 AM 1043 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I could not take the accumulation of ” stuff ” on my workbench in the barn any longer. So last night I started cutting up all kinds of plywood from my stash in the barn to make this cabinet. It is cobbled up from 3/4” and 5/8” maple, Baltic birch and oak plywood and the top is a cutoff piece of a laminated table top from another project.
It has 4 casters on the bottom so I can move it out of the way if needed. People give me stuff all the time…I can’t say no to free stuff..but it has been piling up there for 30 years. I took a before and after shot of the work table and the new cabinet filled with the “stuff”. I have not seen that whole top for a long time. I had to make it sturdy with cross braces screwed and glued under the bottom because it has a lot of weight in it. There are 5 microwave transformers and about 70# of lead ingots in there.

The cabinet is finished with shellac just to make it clean up easier.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-15-2020 02:12 AM

Nice little cabinet Jim, wish I had floor space for one

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 07-15-2020 02:24 AM

Nice Cabinet Jim! I could use one just like it but I’m plum out of space!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 07-15-2020 03:35 AM

Nice use of “scrap”! Everything in the shop must be one wheels, IMHO every shop machine/cabinet/tool should be born with wheels! You inspire me to get out to garage/workshop and get it out of chaos! (I take it back it’s 10:30 CT and still 90 degrees in there!

-- Debra Lee®️ “Where the spirit does not work with the hands, there is no art” - L. DaVinci

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#4 posted 07-15-2020 03:35 AM

People give me stuff all the time…I can t say no to free stuff..but it has been piling up there for 30 years.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

I can appreciate this. Redoing the shop I am unearthing layers of these goodies all the time. All I can say is I’m scared how big the pile will end up. I’m thinking your storage cabinet is a good start, but if your pile is as big as mine I think you’ll need a few more of them. Trouble is when I look at it. I still think well I could use that for….

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 07-15-2020 04:24 AM

Well done! With your skill, you made this one eyey, one handed

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-15-2020 04:28 AM

Nice job Jim. Every time I clean off the workbench it gets accumulated with other stuff there was no room for.
We could all use one of these.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 07-15-2020 11:25 AM

Jim, Great idea to sort out your Barn Work Bench. The new Cabinet looks very nice and will keep things in place where you want them….The Shellac Finish is a good choice and the Casters is a practical addition.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#8 posted 07-15-2020 01:36 PM

This will be handy once you install the drawers so you don’t have to stand on your head to see what is on the bottom shelf. I notice the bottom shelf is empty…....I’m assuming for this exact reason…..because it needs drawers!!!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 07-15-2020 01:46 PM

Jim I can sure see a place for something like that in my shop. Like you I’ve got to much stuff and not enough storage space.

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#10 posted 07-15-2020 03:54 PM

I like your hoarding theology Jim! I have several cavities between the studs in my shed stacked full of lead ingots, perfect spot to lay low when the super nova radiation wave hits 8^). I also have a sizable stack of large transformers “rescued” from a pallet of small UPS units I got at auction. When I was a kid I’d actually take the time to unwind all the copper wire, but I’m too lazy now!

Nice an quick solution Jim, now you can go out and get more stuff!

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#11 posted 07-15-2020 04:40 PM

Nice! Wish I had room for another cabinet. Really like the open front so you can see what you have.

Love that bench vice!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 07-15-2020 06:15 PM

I have been on and organizing kick myself. I can’t throw anything out, well almost. Just threw out a fatigue matt that was under an inch of sawdust. Nice job.

-- Petey

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#13 posted 07-15-2020 07:02 PM

Great use of leftovers.
Maybe the lead ingots were counter balancing that huge vice.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 07-15-2020 07:03 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’m use everyone hoards a few things that the KNOW they will use at a later date…like I do! I was working in the barn putting new tires on the band saw and I did not know how to act with all the clean space!!

Hi Debi.. everything..even the sawdust and wood scrap barrel and the trash barrel are on wheels.

Hi ohwoodeye, no drawers planned. I want to see everything from the front. I planned some extra spaces for future treasures!

Hi Bruce. the 5 transformer are from microwaves to be used for Fractal Burning units. I sell the transformers but will never build a unit for anyone because of liability.

Hi Lew, I didn’t have room for the cabinet until last week. I had all kinds of things hanging off the pegboard into that area..chains, ropes, V- belts etc and I first put pegs in the header board at the top of the barn wall and hung all that stuff up there where I can still see it, but I don’t access most of it for years.
I like that vise too. I got it for free. One place I worked threw it in the trash because some animal broke the 3/4” main screw. It was a standard Acme thread so I turned a new one and have had it for 40 years.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 07-16-2020 01:34 AM

well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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