Shop Shifting #4: New Cabinets for the Recently Vacated Wall

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Blog entry by sras posted 01-02-2013 02:36 AM 3265 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Move a cabinet - so more can take its place Part 4 of Shop Shifting series Part 5: Adding a personal touch (the fun part!) »

The local BORG had a good deal on sheets of 3/4 inch plywood – that is what set off this latest round of shop upgrades. The first step in building these cabinets was build some boxes.

I sized them to make the best use of the plywood and still fit. I had some hemlock that I ripped to trim the edges. Old bicycle inner tubes and spring clamps did the job.

Here is a view of how I set up to flush trim the doors and shelves.

The wall was REALLY not straight. It took a couple tries to get everything lined up, but eventually it all worked out.

After getting the shelves made and the doors on it’s looking pretty good! You can see that I have been clearing out the workbench area too.

Then it’s time to start filling the shelves!

All that is left is the fun part…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 02:47 AM

Well done! You’ve been busy.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 04:11 AM

Great job. I’ve built two sets in my garage and getting ready to do another set in my breezeway.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 06:00 AM

Serious reno.
Good on ya mate!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 06:57 AM

Good job, enjoy filling them up. My guess is more are in the works.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 11:25 AM

Now that is doing it right!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 01:12 PM

Oh yea.. yer movin right along. Gr8 storage cabinets

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

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

Nice. Good for you.

Curious; what kind of hinges did you use? And are the shelves adjustable?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 01-02-2013 03:49 PM

OK, now I’m starting to get envious!

Good progress, Steve.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 01-02-2013 03:58 PM

Thanks everyone!

The hinges are the European style that allow the door to overlap the front. Yes the shelves are adjustable I drilled holes in the sides every 2 inches (if I remember right). The only thing is that I forgot to take any pictures of that set up.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 01-02-2013 08:56 PM

great looking cabinets!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 01-03-2013 01:58 AM

Nice job so far!
I built similar cabinets for storage above my workbench but didn’t trim them out or add doors. I’ll probably not trim them out, but I do plan to add doors.
Click for details

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#12 posted 01-03-2013 02:55 AM

Nice job on those cabinets. And I’m stealin that inner tube/spring clamp idea! Good thinkin on that one!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 01-03-2013 06:22 AM

Nitewalker – I recommend the doors, they are great for a clean look and keeping the dust out.

gfadm – the inner tuber trick worked great – I recommend it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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