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.
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.
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: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135