Garage/Shop shelf makeover

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Project by Radu posted 02-21-2012 07:05 PM 2938 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a conversion of an open shelf to a cabinet. The open shelf came with the house. It was messy and dusty. I thought about taking it down and building a cabinet to replace it. In the end, this is what I came up with. I’m planning on adding one more shelf in 2 or 3 of the compartments. It won’t take long to fill it, I know that for sure. I was going to paint it all white but after I gave the door frames a coat of shellac I liked how they looked, then I put another coat on and done.

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 07:27 PM

I like it & did the same thing in my workshop, nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 07:30 PM

Hmmm, you ruined the place for the clamps!... :))
Ok, good job!

ps: Your name, Radu, is a Romanian name. Or not?

-- Silviu, Romania,

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 07:35 PM

Yes I need to find another place for clamps. I didn’t like it anyway.
Silviu, yes, you’re right, that’s were I grew up.

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 09:19 PM

Good conversion nice work.


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#5 posted 02-21-2012 11:55 PM

Great looking cabinet, that will keep the dust out

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 01:14 AM

Nothing like using what ya got! Nice transformation. I really like the finish!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 02:50 PM

Cabinets look great, very nice conversion. I like the white panels, they’re good for jotting down project notes or making quick drawings, and easily wipe clean.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 05:19 PM

Thanks guys. All the materials I used were scraps I had or picked up from the cull lumber cart at HD. Shelf #2 is next in line.

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 05:46 AM

Nice Cabinets.
Are the door panels for dry-erase?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 01:49 AM

Thanks PaBull. I did not plan for dry erase but I guess I can put some notes and sketches down too. Initially I planned for pegboard but we all know how fast they get “crowded” and I was concerned about weight. I picked out those panels at HD out of the cull lumber cart.

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 01:47 AM

Nothing wrong with cull cart lumber…..


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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