I have spent much of my freetime recently organizing, overhauling and simply cleaning out my shop. Now for some of you who have viewed my shop here on LJ you may have thought that it was already organized but I wanted to increase my closed storage and clean things up a bit.
The storage came way of a recent commision I did. I recently did some custom walnut fronts for a client who was redoing her kitchen. To save money she put in IKEA Kitchen cabinet cases and had me do all custom drawer and door fronts. In order to make sure everything fit properly I had to buy a few of the cabinets to get the measurements exact since she lived out of state. This ended up working out perfectly since I needed additional storage in my garage so ended up putting IKEA cabinets in my shop. Now I know some of you are cringing reading this like that is sacreligious or something but I will share with you a little secret. The cabinets have Blumotion drawers and door hardware meaning that I have the same hardware on my shop cabinets as some have in their custom kitchen cabinets.
Here this 12’-0” run is where I gained most of my new storage. For the top I used two layers of 3/4 melamine edged with 1/8” x 1-1/2 aluminum stock. I have routed out for t-track which I will use as part of my miter fence which still needs to be built and installed.
My back bench area got 96” of new upper storage that has sliding doors.
for storage at the table saw I repurposed an old metal pedestal (complements of LJ’s very own Blake Webber). It is the perfect size to store all my blades and various TS accessories. Of course I painted it my favorite shop color…white.
Just a few more shots including a few of my bench.
You can check out what version 1.0 looked like on my workshop page since I have not updated the pictures there yet.