Questions for upper Shop cabinets: Depth and hanging on drywall with metal studs

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Forum topic by Rick7777 posted 10-14-2018 11:02 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2018 11:02 PM

Hi Folks,

I want to build plywood upper cabinets in my garage and I am trying to figure out what is the best depth. What is too deep? I assume 12 in depth is standard but does anyone have any cabinets that are deeper?

Also it’s drywall with metal studs so how do I modify the wall so I can safely hang the cabinets on cleats?

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 11:18 PM

With shop cabinets, it’s really up to your preference, and what you’re using it for. Just remember that whatever you put into the cabinets you’re eventually going to have to fish out, and if your looking for a small item way in the back of a 12” or more cabinet, you may not be enjoying your decision.

I hate metal studs with a passion. The best thing I found was to use drywall toggles and avoid the studs all together. I’ve used these toggles with plywood to hang monitors weighting almost 400lbs.

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 11:19 PM

my upper cabinets in the kitchen are 13 inches deep, thats what Im going to use in my shop as well (some day in the future) I dont know what to tell you about the metal studs, depending on the gauge of them you could probably just use tek or sheet metal screws. If its an exterior wall and its load bearing that’s probably a good sign that they are a bit thicker.

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 01:46 AM

I have hung so many cabinets on metal studs I don’t even worry about it.
I usually have a backrail at the top and bottom of the cabinets. I try to put two screws in each backrail on each stud.
12” deep, you get 4 rips out of your 4×8.

If your worried about the metal studs, use french cleats and put some adhesive on them.

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#4 posted 10-15-2018 03:41 AM

Metal studs are great for building a nice straight wall. However, they suck for shop wall construction. I’d keep the upper cabinets about the same depth as in the kitchen. Maybe attach a French cleat along the wall using SnapToggles to help distribute the weight.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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