Shop Wall Cabinet

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Project by fred posted 03-15-2007 03:06 AM 9172 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the initial building of the Shop, it was my goal to get most everything out of sight on either shelves or cabinets. I saw a cabinet similar to this in a woodworking magazine and modified it to fit. This cabinet fit the bill.

I was going to build one 48” x 36” cabinet but since that part of the wall had exposed electrical conduit I decided to build two cabinets and mount them on both sides of the conduit.

Each cabinet was made from existing scrap and measures 23”w x 36”h. There are two distinct sections of each cabinet. The back is 7” deep and the front is 3”. I mounted cleats in the back so when I attached the pegboard there was enough room for the hooks. I mounted cleats in the front section for the same reason. I added a piece of 1/2” plywood to the front section and just to add something to the design, I added some clear pine. Then a 36” piano hinge was used to join each section. Since this was all shop grade plywood I painted them in two complimentary colors.

They were mounted on the wall by screwing through the cleats directly into the wall studs.

This was a very easy project to make and took less than a day. At that point, my skill level was a 1 on a scale of 1 – 10 with 10 being the highest. Pretty soon – I should be a 3.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 03-15-2007 03:09 AM

Looks real handy. They’d fit great in my shop.

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#2 posted 03-15-2007 03:18 AM

wow Fred, really nice job. Ya know, when I first saw them I thought that was chalk boards on the front of them for writing notes, measurements and stuff. Is that the painted panels you refer to?

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 03-15-2007 03:27 AM

As Chip says. I’d put blackboard paint and use that surface for notes and shopping lists etc.

very nice

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 03-15-2007 04:25 AM

Very nice Fred. Since you’re using cleats to hang the cabinet, that means you have a small gap between the back of the cabinet and wall. I have seen one person use this space to slip a couple of squares behind it for storage. You’d have to put stops in the back so the squares wouldn’t get pushed too far back where they might become unreachable though.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#5 posted 03-15-2007 11:56 AM

I like your plan of keeping everything hidden.

Hmmmm some CarverRog boxes!!!
and the idea of using blackboard paint is brilliant as well. I can see it now: “Rick, don’t forget to build a box to hold all your shop pencils”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 03-15-2007 05:16 PM

I never thought of chalk boards instead of painted panels. That’s a great idea.

The cleats (maybe I am using the wrong term) are attached to the inside and are flush with the back edge. There is no back panel.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#7 posted 03-17-2007 01:06 AM

Fred this looks great. My walls are pretty much bare right now, as I just re-layed out the shop when I bought the SawStop. I’d like to take your idea, and make one of those.


-- ICN, Bill, (

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#8 posted 03-17-2007 05:02 AM

I like the cabinet. I saw one like it in a woodworking magazine. I’m going to have to get busy, you guys and gals are posting projects at break neck speeds.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 05-26-2007 03:37 PM

Great Cabinet Fred. I ran across it on Shuffle. It is inspiration for me to build one.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 05-26-2007 04:11 PM

Nice cabinet. It holds your tools very neatly. You must have an uncluttered mind! Congrats!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 05-26-2007 06:13 PM

Nice job Fred. Like Chip, I thought the front of the cabinet was chalk boards. I was expecting to see a list of new projects, wood needed, etc. That could still be a good idea, like Karson said, get some chalkboard paint and cover them over.

I like the extra storage in the doors. It gives you double the storage space without taking up a lot more room.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 01-26-2008 03:52 AM

That’s a design I will use when I redo my shop. It saves space. I do like the idea of the chalk board.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#13 posted 01-26-2008 11:08 AM

Great wall cabinets. I, too, can use some storage similar to this.

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 11:21 AM

The first thing though as how cool that is to have chalkboards, have me fooled. Hell of an idea though.
I’d say you have made it way past a one
Nice design

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 11:33 AM

Pretty dam good job I wouldnt mind having one of those in my shop

-- A. Molloy

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