Shop Storage #1: Upper Cabinets

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 02-21-2011 04:12 AM 3521 reads 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made some lower cabinets some time back and stuck my Bosch CSMS between the two. Although I got some storage out of the base cabinets, I didn’t get as much useful storage as I had hoped. I got the idea from ShopNotes VOL 59 for the lowers. So when it came time for the uppers, I stayed in the same style as the lowers but made a few changes.

I still used Pine (hate it!) but instead of using it right from the lumber yard like the base cabinet plans called for, I planed and jointed it to 2-1/4”x1-1/4”. As you know, working with dimensional lumber is a nightmare do to it’s inconsistencies. Planing it all down to a uniform thickness worked out much better.

I just built the uppers using frame and panel type construction. I had one of my moments when I was laying it all out and the top and bottom rails and stiles are bass ackwards! I can’t seem to get out of my own way most times. The panels are 1/4 hardboard as I was trying to keep the weight down as much as possible. The back and shelves are MDF.

I used 3” screws to screw it to the studs. (Studs, 15” on center. Have you ever heard of such a thing?) The cabinets are rock solid. I was concerned about the weight of the cabinets and all of the stuff that goes into them that they may pull off of the wall. No chance!

I still need to build the doors. I’d done a little bartering with a local Tin Knocker and he got me some sheet metal for the door panels. I plan on painting them either with chalk board paint or dry erase paint, haven’t decided yet. I like the idea of having shop cabinets with metal panels so that I can use magnets to attach notes, plans, the dogs toy, ... Unfortunately, when I saw the guy last Thursday, he’d driven a different car that day so no panels. Bummer. It’ll be another two weeks before I see him again so the doors will have to wait.

I also added under cabinet Xenon lights to the uppers. Man is that nice but way too spendy for a shop. They look fantastic though so I think I’ll keep them.

My CSMS goes in the hole in the middle there. I haven’t felt up to moving that beast back just yet.

I did take the time to mount my Table Saw Blade Locker under the cabinet.

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It almost looks like I had thought this thing through. But alas, I got lucky. I used four 1-3/4” screws screwed from the inside of the cabinet into the bottom rails. I think it’s going to work quite nice there although the table saw is a few steps away, the blades are safe and back out of the way.

Some progress pictures:
Here’s the shop helper looking for scraps.

Here’s a shot of the Xenon lights. 9” on center.

Purdy eh?

Here’s a shot after I mounted the blade storage locker.

I really like how the under cabinet light looks on the side of the blade locker.

I found a shot of the lowers with the CSMS stuck in there.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 04:58 AM

Cabinets looks good.

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 06:42 PM

oh man that is one saweeeeeeeeeeet set up.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 07:41 PM

Here’s an updated photo. I moved some things back into the shop this morning.

I wish it would always stay this clean!

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 05:54 PM

Good lookin hound…

I do love that blade storage. Probably have to copy that one. My shop desperately needs organization but I am always in the middle of a project it seems.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 08:10 PM

Good looking but stinky! Hounds have a very “houndy” smell to them. If you can get past that, they make wonderful pets. Except they refuse to pick up their own toys! lol

If you need anything on the blade locker, just ask but it’s pretty straight forward.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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