My first home-made shop cabinet

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Project by mziem posted 09-14-2009 12:00 AM 2293 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is my first shop cabinet. This was as much as an experiment piece as a needed cabinet. I installed full extension drawer glides for the first time and experimented with matching grain patterns as much as possible. All-in-all a real fun project. I plan to make another one just like it but implement the lessons learned during this one (like don’t use the nice/expensive plywood for the whole dang project. If you can’t see it, go cheap!).

-- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellance, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle~

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#1 posted 09-14-2009 12:21 AM

Wow, very nice. I like how the grain is continued from drawer to drawer. Did you resaw boards to do that?

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#2 posted 09-14-2009 12:22 AM

Thats almost too nice for a shop cabinet. Nice work.

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Dan Hux

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#3 posted 09-14-2009 12:25 AM

nice cabinet,,i’d like 3 side by side, with a 2” thick counter top for assembly and work space..great job

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 12:33 AM

Great cabinet! I like it! Plenty of storage space. Reminds me of the one I made for my planer some years ago. Did you ever think about putting locking casters on it so you can roll it around the shop? I mounted 2 1/2” casters on mine. Plenty big to carry the weight. Rick D.

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 01:00 AM

Jimi_C: The drawer fronts are just nice plywood (from Lowes). I cross cut a piece 30” wide (the width of the drawers) and then ripped each drawer face in order (bottom first, then next drawer up and so on…)

-- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellance, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle~

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 01:03 AM

And I was wondering what I was going to do for more storage…yes, you gave me an idea.

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#7 posted 09-14-2009 01:59 AM

nice… but if you did have this on wheels (locking casters), do you think it would tip if you pulled a drawer out? Does it need to be fastened to the wall? Seems with the toe kick, I assume a wall cabinet?

Two of these could be support pedestals for a workbench top? Lots of ideas here. Thanks.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 09-14-2009 02:10 AM

Congrats it came out great!

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#9 posted 09-14-2009 02:15 AM

Super job looks great

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#10 posted 09-14-2009 03:20 AM

Nice set of drawers. You did a great job with the grain flow on the drawer fronts.

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#11 posted 09-14-2009 03:35 AM

i love the matching grain…dont change that on number two…then go cheapo on the rest…very nice results…

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#12 posted 09-14-2009 04:32 AM

Good grain matching for an experiment. Keep up the good work! I like it.

-- Skillet, Louisiana

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#13 posted 09-14-2009 05:19 AM

Looks like it will do it’s job superbly!

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#14 posted 09-14-2009 05:29 AM

Nice job, especially for a first project.

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#15 posted 09-14-2009 05:41 AM

Nice shop cabinet.

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