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Blog entry by bfd posted 06-24-2010 06:00 AM 2469 reads 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 06:16 AM

Very nice shop great job

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 06:28 AM

Wow Brian, this is just toooooooooooooooooooooo organized and clean. Great use of the Ikea cabinets and the fantastic hardware….....

Only one problem…....... with so much white and grey on all the cabinets, your workbench just doesn’t fit the decor anymore so to assist you I will gladly come down and take it off your hands for you….. LOL

Great organization and set up!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 06:52 AM

very nice shop and since it’s so organized it’s easy to find everything right.

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 06:55 AM

Ok neat freak, wheres the sawdust?

Looks awesome Brian. There’s nothing like having a place for everything. It just makes everything more efficient and enjoyable. You are going to love working in the new 2.0. I’m glad you made use of that cabinet but I didn’t see the Disston on the wall… maybe because its painted white too? Excellent job on the redo, I’m pretty sure you’ve got the cleanest and most organized shop on LJ. You could do surgery in there.

Someday I’ll have a garage…

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 07:26 AM

LOL Gene :-)

Good Eye Blake,

It is actually dismantled and ready to be restored. But it most likely will go where all my prized/favorite hand tools are kept….at my bench.

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 11:27 AM

Great looking shop. Love to see a neat organized shop. It is the only way to go. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 06-24-2010 01:30 PM

Looks great! I too like a clean shop.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 01:43 PM

Nice shop. But you do need a little dust..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 06-24-2010 01:47 PM

Great shop – you could probably lease it to a surgeon when you’re not using it.!

-- Joe

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#10 posted 06-24-2010 03:31 PM

Very nice!

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#11 posted 06-24-2010 04:06 PM

You must have a great dust collector there’s no saw dust. I’m with Majeagle1 I’ll help you redecorate by taking that bench off your hands. Nice shop!!!

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#12 posted 06-24-2010 05:26 PM

Hi Jarrod,

The sliding doors and uppers are also IKEA. The hardware is pretty slick and inexpensive.

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#13 posted 06-24-2010 05:59 PM

i put ikea cabinets into three of my apartments (including my own) and love their stuff. Really great hardware and nice design. Plus its dirt cheap compared to custom. I highly recommend them to anyone.

-- dcutter

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#14 posted 06-24-2010 10:31 PM

Wow, you ever work in there? What happens to all YOUR dust? I got a lot spare if you want some.. ;-)
One day, when I am all grown up, I want a shop like that!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#15 posted 06-24-2010 10:35 PM

Nice shop you have there

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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