New shop storage cabinet

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Project by Skippy906 posted 01-09-2013 05:40 AM 8950 views 29 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plans for this storage cabinet came from American Woodworker, entitled Giant Shop Cabinet. It not only can be used in a shop, but in a small kitchen for a pantry, or in a garage for vehicle cleaning supplies or where ever you need extra storage.

It took me about a week to complete and that includes 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic. All the shelves are adjustable. The ones in the back and middle shelves are shelf pins and on the door shelves are the shelf standards and clips. If I happen to build another one of these cabinets, I will use all shelf pins.

All in all, this was a great project to start getting my shop organized. I am hoping to pack anything and everything into this cabinet. I am still waiting on the shelf bins from Amazon and the rare earth door magnets to come in. The total cost of this was about $250. If anyone attempts this cabinet, just send me a quick email and I can help you out if needed.

-- Making progress

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 05:44 AM

That’s different.
Your shop will be empty after you fill that up….....................

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

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 11:35 AM

Great job! It looks like it could work well as part of a wardrobe set up also.

-- cnarf, Ireland

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 01:18 PM

Oh thanks a bunch Skippy….got my mental gears spinning again….mumble mumble mumble. Fantastic storage project. Well done sir!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 02:08 PM

Looks good. Lotsa good storage space. I might add a dowel rod, or something across the shelves on the doors, so the contents wouldn’t fall out when you open it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 03:20 PM

Roger, I have already started thinking about that. Not sure what I am going to do yet tho. From the little bit of stuff I have in there, it seems like I may not have much trouble with things falling over or falling out. Time will tell tho.

-- Making progress

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 08:13 PM

I love how the middle section has deep and shallow halves. I have several shelving units and sometimes it is a pain to move stuff from the front to get to the stuff in the back.

Excellent job on the cabinet!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 09:26 PM

Nice cabinet! I’ve been looking to build something like this for garage storage. I’m not sure where you are from, but if you live in an area with seismic concerns you might want to consider fastening the cabinet to a wall.

-- Jordan, BC

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 09:59 PM

A great and a huge cabinet! Lots of shelves and storage to be of good use just make sure that it will be secured so not to easily fall.


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#9 posted 01-10-2013 02:57 AM

Nice, my shop needs something like that too!

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#10 posted 01-10-2013 03:39 AM

Great job

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 01:00 PM

This looks like a great place to store several different items.
Question is there a purpose for the back board to be peg board?
What type of wood did you use to make this?

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#12 posted 01-12-2013 11:27 PM

Sorry for the delay in posting, but I live in a state with very little seismic activity, but I did secure it to the wall with several tapcons at the top. I spent all day Wednesday cleaning it up and realized I have 15-20 gallons of old latex paint I had to dispose of. It was done by local regulations. But by the end of the night it was filled.

The pegboard in the back of the cabinet just gives it more versatility. It was constructed from 3/4 oak plywood from the box store, total of 4 sheets, and 2 sheets of 1/4 pegboard.

Now when i need any small item I know it is this cabinet. My wife came down to the basement shop and said this place looks empty now. That’s a compliment I like to hear. I am trying to update this photo gallery to add the pics with it full, does anyone know how I can do that?

-- Making progress

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#13 posted 11-04-2014 12:39 AM

Great use of space and very organized.

Thanks for sharing your design with us.

Adding to favorites.

As for updating, just go to the project page and hit the edit button. You can change the text and the photos, just no more than six in the header. Extra photos need to be added as another thread entry.

-- Brad, Texas,

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