Misc. Shop Stuff #39: Just Another Shop Cabinet DONE

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 250 days ago 836 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left off calling this a Win, even though the upper half had no backside…

The goal was to match (more or less) this cabinet to the one alongside it. The backside of that cabinet has T&G beadboard along the bottom, and galvanized metal on the upper half. So I ordered some steel on Wednesday and it was ready for pickup this afternoon.

Got it to the shop, it was time to get busy.

First task was to lightly punch locations for screws.

Then drill holes.

The inside has to be sprayed using the same color paint.

I was lazy at this point and didn’t empty the unit but instead opted to install the back using a high-tech ‘Craftsman’ clamp to hold it in place while ‘screwing.’

And when all was done, it was done.

First time I’ve ever built a cabinet with a composite back like this one. Kinda neat, actually. Total cost was the $19 paid for the galvanized steel; the rest was leftover paint and salvaged pine 1x and beadboard material. As always, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

11 comments so far

View ShaneA's profile


5285 posts in 1223 days

#1 posted 250 days ago

It is new/redone, but looks old/original…that may be you calling card. The shop is continuing to improve and evolve. Looks great.

View Mauricio's profile


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#2 posted 250 days ago

When is the Smitty guide to workshop style comming out. I want to pre order my copy!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

View lysdexic's profile


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#3 posted 250 days ago

Looks great Smitty- as always. The other cabinet needs crown moulding as you have mentioned previously.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 249 days ago

It came out very well Smitty and I like your green color choice too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


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#5 posted 249 days ago

Glad y’all like the cabinet. I had a couple on hand that would have been just fine sitting on that end of the assy bench (including the one that was there previously) but Maur got it right… My tattered copy of the “The Workshop Style Guide” said cabinets should match. So, that’s where we are… lol

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View racerglen's profile


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#6 posted 249 days ago

Beauty, and just think you were only screwing around !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 249 days ago

Looking sharp Smitty. I very much like the composite back.

+1 to Shane’s sentiment. You have an amazing knack of blending the new into the vintage. Great style And skill.

Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 249 days ago

Very nice, Smitty. You certainly DO have the knack for blending old and new together in a pleasing manner!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 249 days ago

Smity, is that an OSHA approved green? Safety first and i quote “Craftsman’ clamp to hold it in place while ‘screwing.’” ! Oh my, never thought about doing that…. ;0)>

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Don W

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#10 posted 249 days ago

nice work Smitty.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

View TerryDowning's profile


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#11 posted 247 days ago

Nicely Done Smitty!!

-- - Terry

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