Garage Overhead Cabinets #2: What to use?

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Blog entry by MyOldGarage posted 02-27-2009 06:43 PM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the weather forecast here is calling for snow this weekend. I’m anxious to have the garbage can holder done, but I want to keep right on going with projects. I’m contemplating loading up the truck tonight with some materials for the overhead cabinets—but I’m kind of wondering what I should build them out of. I’m leaning towards cheap and paintable—and light? I’m looking for some suggestions now so I can call around and get pricing information. A cheap particle wood cabinet just 24 inches in size was $75 at the local big box store . . . so I’d like to target all my wood for three cabinets worth in that range or a little more. (Each cabinet being 3 foot in size. According to my cut list I’m looking at 3 sheets of whatever I choose:

I know looking at it . . . I can probably squeeze it out of 2 sheets depending on how everything is cut. I’m going to use a french cleat system, so holding it up isn’t an issue . . . that’s why I’m doing three foot ones. Hmm. Any suggestions on materials?

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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#1 posted 02-27-2009 07:45 PM

If it were me I would use 3/4 birch plywood (which I did in my shop by the way). It is relatively inexpensive, widely available and easy to work with.

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#2 posted 02-27-2009 09:07 PM

You know Bradley, I marvel at how the high volume cabinet makers can assemble cabinets out of particleboard. Screws and nails just don’t seem to work well in the stuff. Maybe half lap joinery with a strong glue is the answer.

I was at Lowes a couple of days ago looking at their stock cabinets. I need some for my workshop. I’d like to make them, but don’t seem to be “gettin around to it” very fast. Maybe a big sale will tempt me.

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#3 posted 02-27-2009 09:25 PM

I usually use HD “cabinet grade” 3/4 birch plywood for these type of things, back in Los angeles it used to run at ~$21 a sheet, and here in Boston it runs at ~$29 a sheet. I think you could squeeze it down to 2 sheets, and if I were you, I’d also “go crazy” and modify my design to MAKE IT FIT on 2 sheets, reducing the material cost by 1/3, and not losing MUCH cabinet space (maybe trimming all the cabinets by an inch or 2 should do it…)

just my $0.02

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#4 posted 02-27-2009 10:08 PM

actually if you mess around with the cutlist settings you should be able to organize it so that it is on 2 sheets. On the layout tab change the settings for minimize waste and line up parts to cut lines…adjusting them changes the algorithm a bit and you should be able to get it on 2 sheets

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 12:06 AM

That program seems to have tossed you a curve.
Just visually It looks like you will have scrap over using only 2 sheets.


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