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01-29-2011 01:36 AM

$75 for three oak cabinets – CraigsList
$35 for a sheet of 3/4” MDF – Depot

+ sweat equity =

I pushed the cabinets all the way together, after the picture was taken. Decided it looked better.

Thanks for stopping by :-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 01:38 AM

Nice looking shop, Neil.
Looks like you scored with those cabinets.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 01:45 AM

A clean shop is the sign of a sick mind… Just kidding. Good score and nice looking shop! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 01:56 AM

Neat looking shop, Neil. Good score on those cabinets, Neil.

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 02:43 AM

You do have a nice shop. And I like how you edged the mdf. How did you do it? And what do you mean by equity….i guess i may be a bit dull in this reguard.

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 02:50 AM

Good job Neil.


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#6 posted 01-29-2011 04:56 AM

It’s a good thing you got rid two gaps in the new cabinets. Other wise I would have had to lower the number of atta boys by two. ATTA BOY Neil. lol
Your shop is really coming together nicely. I really like what you are doing down there. Rand

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 05:17 AM

Thanks, All.

I like the fact that … the 8’ MDF “proves” that I’ll have plenty of room for long boards, on the RAS.

Rand: I replaced the first picture. WORLD of difference, huh ? ;-)

Spunwood: I’m grateful for not-very-detailed photography. The edges on the MDF are just the factory edges. The uncut edge looks exactly like the cut edge ;-) At some point, I’ll glue the two 3/4” sheets together, and fasten them to the cabinets. At that point, I’ll likely edge band it, or put up a hardwood edge. For now, I’m just using it as it is.

“Sweat equity” is an interesting term. Wikipedia defines it as:

”Sweat equity is a term used to describe the contribution made to a project by people who contribute their time and effort. It can be contrasted with financial equity which is the money contributed towards the project.”

And …. Jack1: if my SHOP isn’t clean, then the UPSTAIRS of our house isn’t clean. And … since I’m pretty much the housekeeper on BOTH levels … I put a fair bit of time into prevention :-)

I’m moving in….

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 06:14 AM

BBBIIIGGG difference. And I like all the room. If you keep messing around like this, pretty soon you are going to have the nicest shop in LJ or at the least one of the nicest. Way to go, Neil.

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 06:53 AM

Nice find Neil.. so would that be swequity?

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 07:01 AM

Neil, you need to clean that shop…..what a mess…...LOL

Great find! Always great to have more storage….. It seems that I never have enough (like clamps) is the ever present spiral…I get more tools…need more space to store them….make more shelves/cabinets (need more tools to make the cabinets/shelves)...need more space for the tools….etc…etc….you get the pic…..Be glad you took up woodworking…at least making the storage is DIY….J/K…Truthfully, though, those cabinets really fit the spot.

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#11 posted 01-29-2011 07:13 AM

Love that storage… A long time ago I got seriously OCD about my handheld power tools. They each have their own case, either blow molded, or a ballistics nylon tool bag. Those loose power cords drive me insane. Short trip as it is….

Have you thought about laying those out as a miter station maybe?

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#12 posted 01-29-2011 01:05 PM

Well done Neil. A great way to use some good cabinets. I got my son’s old oak kitchen when he remodeled and I’ve used it in my shop in a very similar way you have.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 02:08 PM

Those cabinets seem to just fit in there. Nice score.

Good looking bench in the middle of the room too. Did you build it yourself?


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#14 posted 01-29-2011 02:48 PM

I didn´t knew you were a monster-dinasaur -keeper Neil…..LOL

(look at the first picture Ras with a toolbelt)

nice score :-) remember when people moving in there is a housewarming party tooo…

have a great weekend Neil


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#15 posted 01-29-2011 04:13 PM

VERY nice place to put that beautiful old RAS. Looks like it cleaned up good. Tho, it looked nice when you first posted it.
Are you going to add boxes, or other types of supports either side of the RAS? Another place for drawers????
Good scores, BTW.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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