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JohnMcClure

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03-27-2020 12:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinets

All,
I’m moving and intend to build a set of shop cabinets. I’d like to do wall cabinets, with floor cabinets below, and possibly set them up as a miter saw station.
Have built cabinets before, but not multiple-production, and each one took WAY too much time as they were done for the sake of the project and not, simply, to have a cabinet I didn’t pay lots of $$ for.
This time will be different, I’m not looking to practice joinery skills or flex my design muscles, just looking to rapidly build a set of quality identical cabinets that can be put to use.

Can anyone recommend a set of plans, or general guidelines, for a project like this?
I know somewhere I saw a PDF with standard cabinet dimensions and maybe a cutlist… Would love to see your favorite!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail


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EarlS

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 01:12 PM

John – I will take a bunch of pictures of my closet cabinet project so you can see what I’m doing. I have most of the pieces cut and just need to do assembly and finishing.

Basically, I’m using 3/4” plywood and making cleats and tabs to connect them together. The face frame will be screwed into the sides using the Kreg pocket hole set up.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 03-27-2020 01:15 PM

Do you have a decent pocket screw setup? I think for shop cabinets I’d use 3/4 plywood for the boxes and pocket screw them together.
Rabbet the back edges for a piece of 1/4” ply, that keeps em square. Use a Brad nailer and glue to attach the backs.
Frameless, no need for face frames here especially if you add a fixed shelf.
Size them to utilize materials, use slab plywood doors. I’d consider using one fixed shelf for stability. Holes for adjustable shelves are nice to have too.

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 01:39 PM

https://jayscustomcreations.com/product/ultimate-miter-saw-station/

These plans have been built by many. Simple, modular, scalable and efficient.

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#4 posted 03-27-2020 02:34 PM

Thanks All!
Hazem, thanks for reminding me of Jay – I saw his station years ago and forgot completely about it, but it’s the reason I had “miter saw station” filed away in my head next to “lots of cabinets” and “new garage”.
I won’t build mine as his plans show, but I may buy his plans anyway to support him and get some of the construction details.

Grant/Earl, I have the basic Kreg jig, which gets pretty tedious but is still the best way to build cabinets on the cheap I guess. Although cleats and tabs could remove some of the necessity for pocket screws!
On my router table I made a face frame the same thickness as the 3/4 ply, could have gotten away with edge banding I suppose. This project will be a lot easier since I’m not going to be afraid of visible brad holes!
I guess I’ll need to put a little thought into “size them to utilize materials” – get as much bang for my plywood buck as possible, eh?

Thanks, and we’ll revisit this once I get moved in!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#5 posted 03-30-2020 12:18 PM

John – are you still looking for ideas/suggestions or do you have something in mind?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 03-30-2020 02:25 PM



John – are you still looking for ideas/suggestions or do you have something in mind?

- EarlS


Grant put up a picture of his on one of the swap threads, combining that with the advice in the thread so far, I’m off to a good start. However I’m still open to further suggestion, and specifically if anyone has plans showing the cuts/joinery (your tabs and cleats, for example) it would save me the work of making my own plans.

Otherwise I’ll have to sit down in AutoCad and work out the details.

Generally, though, I’m on board with this:

-Instead of dadoing the sides to receive the bottom, use cleats – faster/easier
-rabbet the sides/bottom/top to receive 3/8” ply back
-Cleats to support a removable middle shelf
-No face frame; maybe edge banding
-Possible drawers (to keep up with Grant)

More details need to be sorted out and as I said before, open to suggestions!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#7 posted 03-30-2020 02:37 PM

This little guy has been my buddy :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 03-30-2020 02:55 PM

I built shop cabinets with 3/4” Aruaco Ply and pocket hole screws. All the cabinets were drilled with the WWA Shelf hole jig for Euro style doors. This made it easy to install drawer slides and hinges. After cutting parts, they were all prefinished before assembly. Drawer fronts and doors were made with pine.

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