Hardware Storage Cabinet from Shopnotes #74

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Project by CBeard posted 07-02-2013 01:03 PM 39855 views 83 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet is a ShopNotes design from issue 74.

I built this storage cabinet because i have become frustrated with the size of the the plastic trays in the small countertop hardware storage cabinets you can buy at lowes. I also have the same problem many of you do in that I cant find what i know i have when i need it. This cabinet groups similar hardware together in a single drawer for easy selection. It is made up of six 2” drawers and three 4” drawers.

The case is made from cabinet grade pine plywood faced with select grade pine lumber. The drawer bodies and dividers are made from #2 white pine. One great feature of this cabinet is it doesn’t require the purchase of drawer slides or drawer pulls. Shopnotes outlines the steps necessary to create drawer faces with built in pulls and note card slot for labeling each drawer. The drawer slides were made from 1/2” square scrap oak.

It was a fun project to build, but most importantly, it will help me find the hardware and consumable items I need faster than I could before.

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 01:15 PM

Very Nice, I need something like that! heck probably we all do.
I am a newby here how do I get a copy of Shopnotes #74

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 01:16 PM

I made myself a drawer for all my screws and so on, with the different compartments like yours.
And I have been looking at all corners of my workshop as to where I can make some more. And up to now, I could not find space for more.
You just solved my problem…
Will definitely make myself one of these. Thanks.

Well done! I love the design of the drawer fronts. It looks awesome.

-- Riaan

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 01:22 PM

very nice indeed

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#4 posted 07-02-2013 01:35 PM

It’s a real nice project and it will do wonders for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 07-02-2013 03:25 PM

Dee, this ShopNotes magazine was published in 2004. I just happened to run across it and a great many more magazines in a free bin outside of a used book store. I’m not sure if they sell back issues on their website or not.

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#6 posted 07-02-2013 04:49 PM

I’ve often thought about something like this. You did an excellent job, and may have just given me the nudge I needed to git’r done.

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

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 05:01 PM


-- Don

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#8 posted 07-02-2013 07:15 PM

Great job. LIke the others have said, I think we ALL need at least one of these in our shop. Thanks for posting

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 10:08 PM

My neck hurts!

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 07-02-2013 11:07 PM

you didn’t do a very good job on it.why don’t you bring it to my house and you do another for yourself.LOL.
thats an awesome cabinet great job,you can certainly store a lot in there…..

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 11:43 PM

Nice job. You just gave me an idea for my own shop. I made something similar for all my tools. You can check out if you want I did post it.

-- I have to remember this is a hobby..

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#12 posted 07-03-2013 01:47 AM

Very nice. I’ve been toying with something like this, but doubt it would be as nice!

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#13 posted 07-03-2013 04:31 AM

Great looking cabinet and so organised, I have just the place for it in my workshop. I actually have that copy of Shopnotes and now have that project on the list of things to make….thanks for sharing and welcome to Lumberjocks…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 07-03-2013 12:18 PM

most excellent, favorited for a future project

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#15 posted 07-04-2013 12:22 AM

As a toy builder I have a LOT of small parts I make in advance, this would work great.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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