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Project by at anchor in Orlando posted 10-29-2015 03:33 AM 2203 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I retired a little over a year ago and moved from my Northern Virginia townhouse to my Florida home and have been slowly coaxing my wife out of the garage, although with limited success. She lived here for a few years prior to my arrival, so she thought the three car garage was a great place for all of the junk that never should have been kept.
I started by installing a sub panel and wiring outlets, and over the past month or so I’ve been working on a corner of the garage as the foundation of the shop. I built an 8 foot run of base cabinets with drawers and a set of upper cabinets featuring barrister bookcase type shelves and a set of 16 drawers.
The base cabinets are 24 inch deep drawers with full extension slides, the last cubby was so full of stuff so I didn’t install the drawers there yet.
The upper cabinet has 4 bookcases that have doors made of plywood for now, if I want to dress it up a little later on I’ll remake the doors with a hardwood (they are shop cabinets…) The drawers are about 11 1/4 by 15 and just under 4 inches deep. Plenty of room for all of the small things that need to find a home.
I need to install the glass on the uppers and stow the tools/books within them, but I was happy with the progress I made today on the upper drawers. They need to be finished, but they are all in place.
Enjoy, I will.

-- Jack "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (Helmuth von Moltke the Elder)... In my case, the enemy is often my lumber rack





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jeff

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#1 posted 10-29-2015 04:13 AM

Looks great.I like the pull out drawers in your upper cabinets.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 06:43 AM

I really like those drawers under your cabinets. I used Plexiglas in my cabinet doors. Sure makes finding things easier.

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 07:59 AM

Awesome, Goodluck on your new space LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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ezek1el

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#4 posted 10-29-2015 11:22 AM

Looks great Buddy nice design!

in my opinion there is nothing like a well organized workshop

Cheers

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PaulHWood

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#5 posted 10-29-2015 12:34 PM

Looks great, the only failure is not enough pictures.

Looks like shop made handles on the drawers, care to share a photo?

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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at anchor in Orlando

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#6 posted 10-29-2015 01:16 PM


Looks great, the only failure is not enough pictures.

Looks like shop made handles on the drawers, care to share a photo?

- PaulHWood


yes, the handles are shop made. I had some Sapele left from another project that provides good contrast to the ply drawer fronts. About 7/8 inch square and routed a cove on the edge to give me some room to pull.

Also, just to add a few details, I used a rail/stile router bit on the 3/4 ply to make the door frames. I routed a stopped dado in the sides of the cabinet and the doors ride on pieces of door hinge pins. A little paste wax on the rubbing surfaces and it works great. I’ll add the glass soon.

Drawers are about 11×14. I used a fostner bit with the center spur on the top edge of the drawer fronts to shape the finger pulls. I’ll add some partitions to many of them and pile in the stuff.

-- Jack "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (Helmuth von Moltke the Elder)... In my case, the enemy is often my lumber rack

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#7 posted 10-29-2015 01:27 PM

These provide a lot of organization for your shop and are a great addition to your shop. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 10-29-2015 06:52 PM

The best part about posts like these is I get to snoop around someone else’s shop and see what they have and how they organize stuff

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#9 posted 10-30-2015 12:05 AM

Those are really nice. I really like the uppers. I’m just putting my shop together and plan on making some shop storage cabinets soon. I think I might borrow the design for the uppers. :) You plan on putting some plexi doors on them? Interesting idea…

Thank you for sharing

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at anchor in Orlando

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#10 posted 10-30-2015 02:20 AM



Those are really nice. I really like the uppers. I m just putting my shop together and plan on making some shop storage cabinets soon. I think I might borrow the design for the uppers. :) You plan on putting some plexi doors on them? Interesting idea…

Thank you for sharing

- RJRosa


Installed the glass today. I thought if the florescent bulbs could survive in my shop, then glass would too. Never liked plexi…

also got a coat of finish (poly thinned with mineral spirits 50/50 to make a poor-man’s wipe on) on the drawers.

-- Jack "No plan survives contact with the enemy" (Helmuth von Moltke the Elder)... In my case, the enemy is often my lumber rack

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