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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-22-2020 12:40 PM 770 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out to be a box on the wall for all my stainless fasteners. I looked around and there was no wall space left!!
So I cleaned out a “rat hole” where things were collecting on the floor and made this cabinet to fit in there.

The top is 19×24 and it is 43” high. I made it from all kinds of scraps laying around in the barn..especially the free maple plywood we retrieve regularly from a dumpster. I had to buy one pair of hinges and 3 pair of soft closing full extension slides. It is on casters so I can move it out of the way whereas the stuff that was there before was always in the way!!
The whole thing is finished with shellac sealer . The sides and trim are painted and the drawer fronts and doors are coated with satin poly.

I added 3 shots during the build process, but I did not have the camera when making the drawers. They are all lock mitered in the corners. I tried hand cutting dove tails and I would be there for a week trying to get 3 drawers that would fit good. I cut all these in a half hour once I had the bit set right. I got the top some where and I though it was plastic covered maple but when I cut it down to size, I found it to be 3/4” solid plastic

I added a shot of the doors when I glued on a solid maple edge to hold the hinges. I figured that 3/8 plywood would warp down the road so I put 4 rare earth magnets in the corners that pull the doors flat to some steel angles in there.

I have to make dividers yet. I’ll decide on the sizes after I use this for while. All the drawers are full now.

Cheers, Jim

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





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 10-22-2020 12:56 PM

nice and handy cabinet Jim – well done
That plastic top will be most handy

-- 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 10-22-2020 12:56 PM

Nice cabinet. Never enough storage places.

Finish and fit look good. Like the contrast of paint and natural wood.

I know what you mean when you want to build a cabinet for the shop and thereʻs no wall space left.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 10-22-2020 01:29 PM

I hear you about the wall space!

Beautiful cabinet, Jim

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

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#4 posted 10-22-2020 02:46 PM

Beautiful colour combination! I likr that modern simple design

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 10-22-2020 08:21 PM

Excellent. And by the time I get done with drawers they are full as well. I feel ya.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 10-22-2020 09:20 PM

Good time of the year to have extra space inside Jim. We all have to protect our “stuff” from the cold damp winter.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 10-22-2020 10:43 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I put shelves in the bottom and filled it up as well!

cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 10-23-2020 12:52 AM

Nice job, always nice to have one to roll around the shop. Currently I have to chuckle about the wall space, I am wide open at the moment. But I am sure that will change in the future. (Been there in the past)

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 10-23-2020 10:57 AM

Very Nice Jim …...That is real Cabinet Making Skill. Doors and Drawers all nicely Reset into Cabinet.
Very nice indeed!!!!

Regards…......Cliff.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 10-23-2020 04:54 PM

Thanks Cliff. I loaded my hanging Wecheer type carver and my Dremel box in the bottom.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 10-23-2020 06:42 PM

Wow Jim, that’s a mighty fine looking cabinet from scraps. Looks like some top quality plywood. I made a open rolling cabinet a few years ago from a neighbor that threw out a dining table. Whatever works. Nice work.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 10-23-2020 10:42 PM

Thanks, Dave. I get this plywood from a laser company that throws out a big dumpster full every 2 weeks. They make steel rule dies with it and it is guaranteed flat over 5 ft!. The 5/8” stuff is 13 ply maple. It is the best for fixtures in the shop an occasionally cabinets like this. The left side is made from 3 pieces …biscuit joined.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 10-24-2020 10:18 AM

Nice Cabinet Jim! You make scraps look good!
I ran out of wall space also. Sometimes I stare at the walls trying to figure out a move to free up some space. LOL!

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

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#14 posted 10-24-2020 03:00 PM

Thanks, Tony. I did that too for this stainless stuff but I could not displace an area big enough to hang it.Not I have a bit more ( moveable) counter space for use in the shop.

cheers, Jim

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

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 10-25-2020 02:33 PM

Jim, if I ever get up that way we’re definitely going dumpster diving. That ply would be excellent for a lot of projects.

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

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