Earlier this spring, my dad brought over his old cabinets that he’d used for his shop workbench. He’s had these longer than I can even remember and is finally upgrading his set up at his shop and offered them to me.
I’ve been wanting to build a miter saw station and was planning on trying the Jay Bates station when I had the funds available to buy all of the necessary lumber. Now that I have these cabinets, I’m going to utilize them to do a sort of hybrid version of that set up.
The cabinets are in pretty rough shape so I started off sanding them down to bare wood and just a good general cleaning. When he was dropping them off we found the original packing slip stapled to the bottom of one of the units. They came from a building in San Francisco an were built in 1963!
Here they are after a couple coats of natural finish and two coats of poly.
Next step is going to be replacing all of the hardware and adding pulls to the drawers and matching handles to the doors. Then I’m going to reinforce the bottoms and make some simple adjustable feet for them to help with leveling when I get to putting it all together. I think it will be the perfect blend of old and new when it’s done and I’ll be able to give these a new life at the end of the day.