Hardware Storage for the new Shop

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Project by steviep posted 10-07-2011 05:00 AM 20333 views 26 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finished my hardware storage for the new shop. I need to thank lumberjocks Kent Shepherd and Grelcar for the inspiration of this cabinet. It is plywood dado shelves and same trim detail as I trimmed the doors and windows with. Made the Crown out of some scrap pine. Stained to match the shop and sealed with 2 coats of laquer based sealer. Finished with 4 coats of genie brand semi-gloss laquer. The hardest part was getting it on the wall securely. The dang thing weighs a ton! It lands on one stud so I lagged that top and bottom, then used some 1/4 anchor bolts to further secure it. These anchors I used on a clients job to put a very large TV in a loft. I feel confident it is up to stay.

This is a major step forward for the shop. I have two more cabinets to build to get all the tools in a organized and proper place. I will throw those up as I finish them

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 05:14 AM

Great idea! I love those tough plastic hinged boxes for my various fastener categories, but I have struggled to answer the problem of disappearing benchtop space. You have solved my problem. Thanks!

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 05:24 AM

Wow! I just bought a bunch of those on sale at Lowes to hold my pen and bottle stopper hardware. This is an amazing idea. Beautiful work to say the least. thank you for sharing.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 06:06 AM

it’s nice to get everything organized and in its place. good luck

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 06:08 AM

Time to update your work shop photos. Looking good…......

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 11:41 AM

Guys, I made one of these myself after seeing a similar project here a while ago and would recommend if possible make it a low standing/rolling cabinet with an open top shelf so you have somewhere to set the bin your using at the time. Don’t ask how I came upon this bright idea. Nice job on the project, Stevie

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 11:55 AM

you get too organised ….. lol
god job


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#7 posted 10-07-2011 01:35 PM

I do the same thing myself, but I didn’t try to put it on the wall, I just made it a cart.

Yours is much nicer than mine. I made mine from some OSB scraps. I looks vile, but it works.

Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 02:24 PM

Very cool. It’s usually all thown in a drawer.

-- Anthony

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 02:38 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, guys

GodofBiscuits -I hit that same sale (although it took me two different Lowes which were miles apart, so I am not sure if I saved money or not!)

Dennis -My wife is still laughing at your comment, and I don’t expect her to stop anytime soon!

Woodzy Mine was in coffee cans! The hardest part of this whole project was sorting though coffee cans, took me three nights!

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 02:50 PM

Good job!! Great idea.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 10-07-2011 03:53 PM

Damn… and I thought my old sphagetti sauce jars and coffee cans was “org-nized” I am way , way , behind you fellers ! Looks awful good though steviep ! awful good indeed !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#12 posted 10-07-2011 03:58 PM

oh sweet! nice touch on matching the crown molding on it.

but very curious (don’t take this in a negative tone as it is not) – you went through all the trouble of staining, finishing, and adding a crown molding to this cabinet – why was the plywood fronts/dadoes left as if bare and not trimmed or hidden?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 10-07-2011 04:03 PM

youre makin the rest of us look bad Stevie … all that organization makes me jealous.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#14 posted 10-07-2011 04:07 PM

I love those Stanley bins. It never occurred to me to make a nice house for them! That’s a TON of capacity. Unfortunately, I own a mix of the traditional yellow/black ones and the weird purple ones. Just wouldn’t look right;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 10-07-2011 05:21 PM

PurpLev, Thanks for the kid words. No good answer, other than its an edge I like.

Kinda hard to tell with the iPhone pics, but there is a thumbnail edge routed on all of the ply It is an edge that I used on my CNC machine and I really liked it. Especially on baltic birch. I pre-stain the pieces then rout the edge which makes the contrast really stand out, as well as giving it a clean line. On the uppers I just had reg plywood in 3/4 so I used what I had and I do not like that as well.

I use the edge on jigs and shop cabinets but not “inside” stuff.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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