Shop Cabinets

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Project by dakotawood posted 09-09-2011 04:23 AM 7011 views 25 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished a couple shop cabinets. Here’s some specs:

Smaller Cabinet:
36”w, 40”h, 11 1/2”d
3/4” birch ply case and shelves (chose the figured “bad” side for the outside – I liked the look)
1/4” birch ply back
2 fixed shelves and 3 adj shelves (kept 2 fixed for stability of case)
doors: hard maple frame (groove w/ tenon) with 1/4” birch ply panel
euro hinges bought from Grizzly (great hinge for little money)
french cleat in back for mating cleat on my shop walls
finished with 3 coats poly

Utility Closet:
36”w, 72”h, 15 1/2”d
same basic construction
one fixed shelf – all others adjustable
no french cleat – regular cleat on back (I don’t plan on moving this cabinet around)
this cabinet houses “stuff” = non-woodworking things
placed this btwn my two garage doors

I love these additions in the gara – ahem, wood shop. I plan on building two or three more of the regular size cabinets. One thing to note is the back panel. Instead of routing and fitting inside the case on back, I cut to same size as back, then chamfered flush with case. This basically hides the back from most views. Only see it if you’re looking at it straight from side. I learned this technique from Tom Clark in his book: Practical Shop Cabinets. I like the idea. Makes it very simple for the shop cabinet.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 06:00 AM

Nice looking shop cabinets.

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 07:48 AM

Nice looking cabinets Travis.
And good placement. Lots of storage space in what would have been wasted space.
And watch how fast you finds things to fill them up! lol.
Nice job.

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 01:26 PM

Those are a pair of really good looking cabinets. They are nice enough to use inside the house as well. A very nice addition to your shop. I like the design of the doors. Very straightforward and clean but much better looking than just a solid door.

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#4 posted 09-09-2011 02:27 PM

I like what you did here! I especially like the one beside the garage door, I have about the same space available for such a cabinet.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 09-09-2011 03:51 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 06:25 PM

Travis, I’m wanting to build some cabinets for the garage as welll. I’ve got about 300 board feet of black oak that I cut from a tree just waiting to be used for the project. You mentioned Tom Clark’s book and then I realized that I have that book as well. With that in mind, I think I’ll take another look at it. Thanks for the pics. Looks great.

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 06:38 PM

have been searching all over the internet for good shop cabinets. yours are exactly what i”m looking for. thanks

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