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Blog entry by BarbS posted 242 days ago 1283 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been busy doing a shop renovation (click on the Blog link in my signature for more detail) and finally have my machinery moved around enough to plan on a design for the cabinet. It is going to keep me busy for a while!
I’m open to comments and suggestions, so here is a drawing of the current idea. It is based on a Shaker Step-Back Cupboard, and is 16” deep at the base unit, 12” deep on the top unit, and closes with frame and panel doors. Let me know what you think!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/



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peteg

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#1 posted 241 days ago

Hi Barb, your scan is not very easy to read, might want to try & darken up a tad, easy to see you have had a good think about what you want to achieve, looks good as far as I can tell.
BTW, your link to “shop, renovations” doesn’t seem to go anywhere?
I’ll keep an eye out for any updates :: ))
Cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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BarbS

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#2 posted 241 days ago

Thanks, Pete. The link worked when I put it there… hmm. It’s a link to my blog, and you can use the bottom signature link to get there if you want more detail of the shop renovation I’ve been working on. Sorry your screen shows the .jpg too dark. It’s on graph paper and appears on my screen as readable, but it’s quite general as plans go.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Grumpymike

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#3 posted 241 days ago

Hey pete, turn up the contrast on your monitor … I can read it quite well, even though it looks like a scanned image.

Barb, Looks to me like you’ve put a lot of thought into this and it is designed around your needs.
So many of my shop cabinets have plain flat doors, (‘cause it’s quick and easy) I really like your idea of using raised panel doors.
On my last one I inset the interior shelves 2” and put narrow shelves and hangers on the inside of the doors (Think of it like a spice rack if you will …) an amazing amount of this and that fits there.
I’m looking forward to seeing the build and finished piece.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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peteg

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#4 posted 241 days ago

Thanks for the heads up Barb, your blog spot has a power of info that explains it all, looks like you’ll have the flashiest cabinet on LJ’s, you have a lot of interesting stuff there , well done
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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BarbS

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#5 posted 241 days ago

Yes, it is a scanned image. I don’t have a CAD program or the likes. Thanks for the encouragement; I’m jumping into this with both feet!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Sylvain

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#6 posted 241 days ago

If you look at Paul Sellers ’ Blog,
He also uses such a cupboard. You can see it in most of his pictures and videos.
http://paulsellers.com/2011/06/my-creative-workspace-23/
Paul Sellers’ one is “frame and panel” with plywood panels (in US at least the one in England seems more traditional).
There is a blog where he gives the dimensions ( at least of the bottom part)
http://paulsellers.com/2013/05/making-the-paul-sellers-tool-cabinet-bottom-unit/

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 241 days ago

Way to go, Barb. This will be a wonderful addition to your shop and will make an interesting blog. U can’t waut to see how it progresses.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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BarbS

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#8 posted 241 days ago

Thanks for the link to Paul Sellers’ cabinet. All the input I can get is helpful.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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KayBee

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#9 posted 240 days ago

I like that you seem to be keeping open space for figuring out and rearranging tools. As much as I love the look of all those french fitted niches everywhere, you’re pretty much stuck with them. Makes fitting in new tools very difficult.

Maybe consider making the doors as boxes about 3” deep. You can still do frame and panel, but have that extra room to hang smallish things inside and out.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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BarbS

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#10 posted 240 days ago

Thanks, Karen. One of the biggest challenges to building something like this is leaving it flexible to add in new acquisitions later. I’ve received a suggestion of using sliding dovetails for the cubby dividers and interior shelves, so they can be removed or changed in size later, and I plan to do that. I haven’t really decided yet between box-cut doors or all frame and panel doors. The bottom will be frame and panel. The uppers, I may leave frame and panel, cutting any interior shelving an inch or two shy of the maximum reach, so I can attach holders and put narrow things like the bow saws on the inside of the doors. Still cogitating…

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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chrisstef

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#11 posted 240 days ago

I think that designing a tool cabinet might drive me nuts. The options are endless. Ill be keepin my eye on the progress barb. Whats the wood of choice?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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BarbS

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#12 posted 240 days ago

I haven’t yet priced it locally, but I’m leaning toward cherry case framing and cherry ply for the panels. Checking the wallet.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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