Filing Cabinets in the Shop

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Blog entry by PASs posted 12-03-2009 03:26 PM 1367 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Didn’t find any related content so thought I’d throw this out.
I keep a lot of my tools and hardware (o.k. and old magazine issues, and reference books, and sandpaper, and…well you get it) in filing cabinets.
I don’t use the cheap ones, if they aren’t commercial grade, full extension, heavy duty slides I won’t get them.
I don’t pay retail, it seems the new paperless business has a lot of companies getting rid of thiers.
I get them at thrift stores, garage sales, even got a couple once somebody just set out by the road.
If you’re looking for a GREAT storage and organization cabinet I highly recommend them.
Will post pics someday….after I finish the 87 projects on my task list….(gotta frame in that dresser this year.)

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 05:31 PM

I worked for a local public school system for 30 trs. and in that time as the computers come in the file cabinets went out on the loading dock, so i have several of them and they sure come in handy for storing old woodworking mags. and other small items. it would scare you if you knew how much of that stuff is scrapped or just tossed in the landfills.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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Peter Oxley

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 06:05 PM

Me too – I have five file cabinets in my shop. I don’t usually fill up the drawers, or I can’t find what is in the bottom.

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 09:22 PM

I use them for small electric tools (circular saw, angle grinders, sanders, etc.). I also scored an old one that has half height drawers. Perfect for storage of nails, screws, bolts, etc in the short wide Tostito dip jars or the original boxes. While haunting used office furniture stores looking for file cabinets, I also scored several of the heavy duty drawer support rails. My shop TV sits in a cabinet to keep it clean and glides out for viewing.

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 08:53 AM

I have 2 in my shop. Great for small items. Also have 2 old dressers. Nice and solid but ugly as they get (pink!)

Work great for storing all kinds of stuff.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 03:44 PM

JimF, on the flip side I scored one with extra tall drawers, a 3 drawer cabinet the same height as a 5 drawer.
I have my large small parts boxes in them, they fit on their sides so I can just pull the drawer open and grab a box of small screws, or nails, or washers.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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