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I keep saying I need to organize my shop and have been wanting to build this ever since seeing it in the woodsmith plans. I finally got around to building it last week. The doors slide and there are hidden screen door wheels in the doors. They ride on an aluminum track on the bottom. The shelves are all adjustable. I probably won't need them all but won't know until I put my tools in it. I just need to choose a finish and make the bottom bin compartments so I can finally have a place for my smaller tools. I am excited for all of my tools to have a "spot" where they are easy to get to and put back:) Any suggestions for finnish? My boyfriend and his friends say golden oak…I put some light walnut on it and thought it looked good. I don't want to go too dark b/c I would like for it to stand out from the peg board.

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Very nice. I'd go with the light walnut too.
 

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Very cool and useful!
 

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Very nice, it will come in handy like mine! Good job.
 

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excellent job.that should help with organization.
 

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Beautifull cabinet,it would be good in living room either.
 

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Terrific! Must give this some consideration as I'm space challenged and fond of a project contributing to the tool shop! Thanks!
 

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Nice build Shelly….you never regret the time invested when it helps you be more organized in the shop. As far as the stain, either would look great but you did the work and will use it….only question is, what finish do YOU like?
 

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Hope that it's as useful as it looks! Nice work!
 

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looks good shelly..you will have it full of STUFF in no time ..lol
 

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Nice job!! Very useful, on my list to do after Christmas.
 

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Very nicely done. Regarding your statement about the shelves, "I probably won't need them all…", I'd like to hear your view on that one year from now!
 

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Looks great and I like the colors the way they are now. It kinda has a maple and walnut contrast to it. I'd just clear coat it.
 

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Looks great. This will really keep you organized. If you have left over wood from this, you can make a sample board of stain colors. Sand the sample board with the same grits as the cabinet. Apply as many stain colors you want to the sample board. Apply a topcoat as well. When you choose the right color, finish the cabinet the same as you did the sample board. Thanks for sharing
 

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Thanks everyone! I can't believe i made top 3! That's so exciting:) kdc68-I have a few sample boards going, hopefully I will decide in the next week or so. Though I shouldn't be in too big of a hurry bc we still have to stud and finish my walls before I hang it. My shop is in a pole barn and I am planning on studding the walls so I have nice flat walls without beams sticking out every 8 feet or so. Lenny-I have plenty to fill it up lol, I was just thinking I will need the peg board more than the shelves. I could probably use a couple more of these lol.
 

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What a great build, I have made two of these, one I left in the shop in Missouri and I just built a second one here in Arizona … and use it every day. It is here on LJ's
Mine is mounted with a french cleat on the back so it can be moved to the new shop comming in 2013.
I mixed some Golden Oak and a bit of Walnut minwax for the stain on mine then shellaced it. I like the looks alot.
I used white peg board to reflect the light better as these old eyes need alot of help.
It is my hope that you use your cabinet as much as I use mine.
BTW you will use all the shelves. and you might want to look at the Talon hooks & pegs.
 

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Since I've seen it in person, I'd have to say the picture doesn't do it justice. The doors glide smooth as silk, and it looks an experienced lumberjock did it. Nice job, shelly_b!
 

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I agree with Jim, you have good contrast now. I'd use a clear finish.
 
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