Paint Cabinet

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Project by AttainableApex posted 08-29-2011 12:43 AM 4732 views 43 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my new paint cabinet.

The two outside doors hold 5 spray cans on 4 shelfs, while the left main cabinet holds 4 1 gallon paint cans on 4 shelfs (pic’s 3 & 1).

On the right side i came up with something different. I didn’t want layers of c&#p on deep shelfs (inspired from stevin marin, thanks btw) so i thought a bit and after looking at the studly tool chest it came to me that i could do a door upon a door.

So on the right side starting from the back shelfs, I made it so that i could put the 1 gallon cans of spirits and 1 quart cans along with the 1 quart paint cans (pic 3). Then the second door on the back shelfs i made it so i can put 1 quart paint cans, also so i can put spray bottles (pic 3 ). With the back of the door at a set distance i used w/e space was left for the other side, which holds bottles and such (pic 4).

It took me a long time to post because i wanted it 100% complete and i don’t think it ever will be so im posting it now. This was finished over christmas break. A lot of time went into the sketchup which i changed daily for like 3 weeks. This cabinet fits my needs perfectly and holds everything i have. This was a big upgrade as before i had a shopping cart filled with this stuff, wish i had pics :P

-- Ben L

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 01:15 AM

Nice job! I need to build something similar. My finishes just sit on a shelf at the moment.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 08-29-2011 01:15 AM

How to use some valuable upper space! Big up mate!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 08-29-2011 02:10 AM

Nice job! I have a similar finishing cabinet and you are so right, it is very handy. Looks like you are a master of organisation. And I swear you are working in MY shop—right down to the cutout triangles supporting the high shelf.

Take care!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 02:52 AM

Super project, you are just way too organized! BTW, I could use your shopping cart for my paint.

-- Smitty

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#5 posted 08-29-2011 03:07 AM

very good job
I like the way you made use of all the space.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 08-29-2011 06:56 AM

You got a lot of finishing supplies and the cabinet is the right size.

good job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 08-29-2011 03:01 PM

I really like storage ideas, your paint cabinet turned out very well.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 08-29-2011 03:06 PM

another nice post in LJ
nice design and good space use

tanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 08-30-2011 11:06 AM

well done!

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

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#10 posted 08-30-2011 03:57 PM

That is a nicely designed cabinet and could be used for a lot of different things. Nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 08-30-2011 04:29 PM

Great space saver. That’ll make a nice bomb too :-)

-- If you build it, they will come

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#12 posted 08-30-2011 06:58 PM

Thats really nice craftsmanship.

I wonder if its important to store things that can spontaneously combust like BLO outside of your cabinet. My guess is if its not leaking onto crumpled up paper towels you should be okay, but I know the woodwhisperer puts his stuff in a metal cabinet because of similar concerns.

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#13 posted 08-31-2011 09:52 AM

ya i thought about the metal cabinets and until i saw the price it was a good idea.
they are freaking really expensive, this cost me about $120.
2 sheets 3/4” of birch plywood (on sale) $50
1 sheet 1/2” apple ply (already had) $30
3 sets of 4in hinges $30
1 box of screws (already had) $10
which equals a cabinet that works and a bunch of gained knowledge :)

-- Ben L

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#14 posted 08-31-2011 11:43 AM

Nice idea. I too like looking at storage ideas. Now if I could just pick one and make them!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#15 posted 09-01-2011 04:29 AM

Very cool system. Having shallow-depth shelves is one of the best organizing techniques. I hate to have to search behind things!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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