Dream Shop (in progress)

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Project by DanTheLumberJockMan posted 07-08-2008 05:13 PM 4505 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my passions is casework. I don’t know why I enjoy this facet of woodworking so much but I do. I’ve started learning how to build kitchen cabinetry by building the cabinets for my garage shop. These are made of poplar which is a cheaper hardwood that I can get at the local home store. And I didn’t want to spend too much time finishing them so I just put on a couple coats of polyurethane. I’m not done yet, and the bottom cabinets in this picture aren’t installed yet. I’m trying to figure out a way to incorporate a dust collection floor sweep into the kick panel. I’ll post more pictures when I figure it out.

I’ve used Building Kitchen Cabinets by Udo Schmidt as a guide and it has some very useful, practical information for anyone attempting this sort of project.

-- Dan, San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 07-08-2008 05:35 PM

Looks great. I am a fan of the lower priced wood at the big box stores. Great for my entry level practice. I would recommend some levelers on the bottom of the cabinets. The guys pouring concrete are not big on perfectly level, so you end up out of alignment when you put nice square cabinets on this uneven surface. The levelers on my cabinets have come in very handy. My last garage had a low spot that required about 2in of elevation across my 12’ section of benches.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#2 posted 07-08-2008 05:47 PM

Looks great. Just as a side note you may want to look into buying S2S (surfaced on the faces, the edges are still rough) lumber from a hardwood dealer as you can generally get it for much cheaper and milling it up your self. Of course you have to joint the edges which can be done with a router, table saw or of course a jointer. Anyway your shop is looking good, nice cabinets.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 07-08-2008 06:19 PM

These cabinets look first-rate in my book. I’d say you are ready to take on the kitchen.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 07-08-2008 06:21 PM

Humm I found Poplar at home despot to be twice the price of what I pay at a wholesaler. Nice cabinets. You could post those on also.

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Callum Kendall

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#5 posted 07-08-2008 06:42 PM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 07-08-2008 06:52 PM

Hi Dan;

You did an excellent job here.

Next time my wife wants a new kitchen, I’m calling you!

Very nice work!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-08-2008 07:21 PM

Great looking cabinets,
Most people paint poplar, but i like it stained a sealed it has some great looking colors.
Great build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 07-08-2008 08:14 PM

Keep the great projects coming!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#9 posted 07-09-2008 12:08 AM

With a shop that nice, my family would never see me unless they visited.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 07-09-2008 02:35 AM

Those cabinets look like they will hold a bunch of tools. Any though as to what you are going to use for the counter top?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 07-09-2008 04:08 AM

Great looking cabinets for the shop. You have done a nice job on them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Suliman Syria

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#12 posted 07-09-2008 04:33 PM

You did an excellent job here.
it look like aprofetinal cabinets.
you have hands to make good cabinents

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#13 posted 07-28-2008 08:07 PM

Great looking cabinets,

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#14 posted 09-13-2008 02:11 AM

What a shop. You could go to work for a cabinet shop anytime by the looks of those cabinets. Very nice job. I work in a cabinet shop and I wish I had the time to make cabinets for my shop. But then again, I don’t have much room for too many cabinets. I have a rather small home workshop.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 01-12-2010 01:06 PM

Looks awesome and this is what I’m planning to do to my garage very soon. And thanks for the link, checking it out now.


-- Tim - Austin, TX

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