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Project by USMCRet93 posted 01-26-2015 11:03 PM 2912 views 30 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend my son and I built a cabinet to keep all my small hardware/parts storage bins in. The cabinet holds 18 storage bins, 9 on each side. The cabinet was built using 3/4” plywood for the top, bottom, center, and sides, and 1/2” plywood for the shelves. The final dimensions of the cabinet were 39” wide, 37” high (42 1/2” with base and wheels) and 24 3/4” deep.

We started by cutting out the top, bottom, sides and center. We marked measurements on one of the sides for all the dado cuts. After marking, we set out table saw for the first dado cut, made the cut, then using the same setting made the cut for the remaining side and the two centers. This process was repeated for all dado cuts. Next came the dado cuts (1 1/2” wide) for the top and bottom. All dado cuts were made 1/4” deep. We flipped the bottom piece over and attached the base for the casters with a 2” X 6” rectangular frame. Once the casters were installed, we dry fit top, bottom, sides, and center. We needed to do a little bit of sanding to get the centers to fit into the dado slots in the top and bottom pieces, and ended up with a very snug fit. Next we glued and screwed the frame together, using 1 1/2” T-20 woodscrews. With the basic frame completed, we measured and cut our back piece and installed with glue and woodscrews. Next we cut our 1/2” plywood shelves and inserted them into the cabinet. We brad nailed 1” strips of plywood to the front edge of the shelves and a strip behind the storage container to keep the bins in position. As a final touch, my son branded the cabinet with my initials on the front left side.

As can be seen in the pictures, I can slide out a shelf and open a bin to pick out what I need, or remove the entire bin. Another feature of the shelves is an overflow storage area for any excess material that will not fit into the appropriate bin compartment. I finished off with labeling the shelf for each bin, and labeling the bins with what goes in each compartment.

The last thing I want to do with my new cabinet is to stain and seal it….. but that is a project for another weekend.

Richard

-- Live to dive.... dive to LIVE!





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RockyTopScott

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 11:14 PM

I like it !

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 12:19 AM

Thanks Scott…. I like it too. And it only cost about $200.00 in materials. $120 for the plywood, $50.00 for the casters, and about $25-30 for screws, glue, and misc other items.

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 03:01 AM

but how much did the cases and the screws and hardware inside those cases set you back? Still. that is awesome! its a nice luxury to have the room to be able to house that cabinet in the shop! Actually, the top would be a great place to store a bench tool like a small drill press or porta planer

Good job

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 04:09 AM


but how much did the cases and the screws and hardware inside those cases set you back? Still. that is awesome! its a nice luxury to have the room to be able to house that cabinet in the shop! Actually, the top would be a great place to store a bench tool like a small drill press or porta planer

Good job

- ScottKaye


Scott, the four DeWalt cases on the bottom of the cabinet list for about $15.00 each. I got them for 25% off, so I ended up buying 3 and getting 1 for free. The HDX cases are 2 for $10.00.

I purchased #10-24 flat head and pan head machine screws in 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, and 3 inch (100 each size) from Ace Hardware for $95.00 (I got quotes from 4 different places, and Ace had the best price for what I wanted). I am guessing it will cost about the same (or perhaps a little less) to buy the same sizes/quantity for #6-32 and #8-32 machine screws.

I had a lot of partial boxes of nuts, washers, woodscrews, etc scattered here and there in my garage that I collected, sorted, and put into bins. In my opinion, I will SAVE money in the long run by having things sorted and stored in an organized manner. As it is now, I go into my workshop looking for a specific screw, bolt, or other item and not finding one, head off to Home Depot to buy some… only to find later that I had a half a box of what I was looking for but did not find. With my new cabinet and storage bins I now know exactly where to go to look for something, prior to going to HD.

As to using the top of the cabinet for additional tool space, I can’t agree with you more! I already had that idea in mind

Richard

-- Live to dive.... dive to LIVE!

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 04:54 AM

Nice job Marine, did you draw up a print 1st or start out with a rough idea and roll with it. I really like the optional shelf sizing I wish I had the room in my weensy hole for a mobile like that.

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 05:06 AM



Nice job Marine, did you draw up a print 1st or start out with a rough idea and roll with it. I really like the optional shelf sizing I wish I had the room in my weensy hole for a mobile like that.

- Ghidrah


Ghidrah, I got the rough dimensions simply by putting 2 stacks of bins side by side to get my width and figured height by guesstimating how many bins total I wanted. I passed these numbers to my son (who has a lot more building experience than I do… he is an electrical contractor, while I just TORTURE little old ladies for a living). He took my rough numbers and came up with the plan for the cabinet. I bought the materials and we both worked on cutting and putting things together. While I could have built “something” on my own… the plan he came up with was much superior to anything I could have done alone. To be honest, prior to this past weekend I had no earthly idea what a rabbet or dado cut was, or how to make one. I have to say that this old man is learning quite a bit from his son!

Richard

-- Live to dive.... dive to LIVE!

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 06:47 PM

Nice job.
Glad you are discovering woodworking.
It can be something you can enjoy for a long time.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 07:02 PM

A very nice job if I do say so myself…. USMCRET93 did more work on this than he wants to take credit for. I was more of the working supervisor.

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 07:58 PM

Nice organization cabinet for anything.

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