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Project by jwicks posted 11-18-2009 07:01 PM 4390 views 16 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Prior to building this all I had was open shelves that were overcrowded and always dusty. I was able to put all of the stuff that was previously on the open shelves into the drawers and I still have 1 unused drawer!

The base is from Norm’s workshop hutch project. I decided not to build the upper “hutch”. Instead I used the left over plywood to build 2 wall cabinets. The wall cabinets are hanging on 2 french cleats that I attached to some blocking between the studs. I also wired for 2 outlets to use at the bench. Let me say that Norm doesn’t fool around, these drawers are giant and really deep, 32” wide on 28” full extension slides. The top has a removable hardboard top. Another added benefit is that it’s provided another horizontal surface to assemble parts, and store some tools.

At some point I’ll probably add 2 open shelves (more leftover plywood) between the wall cabinets and add either T-11 or drywall to the wall.

-- Jon

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 07:15 PM

That is so clean and organized it’s sickening. lol Looks great. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 07:33 PM

Very nice, I like the design. I am looking at doing some upgrades in my shop and this might me just the thing.

-- Alex

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 07:58 PM

Great looking storage!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 08:18 PM

The best way to start any project is being able to find your tools. LOL

Great orginization.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 08:33 PM

I like the amount and looks of your storage.
It does make a difference in keeping the dust off your tools.

With plywood on the walls, you can put a nail just about anywhere. Be sure to mark where your studs are some things still need to be on a stud. When drywall is bumped, you end up with a dent or a hole in the wall.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 10:13 PM

very clean, great cabinet.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 11-18-2009 10:18 PM

Nice work. I like the fact that you kept the grain lined up on the drawer fronts.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 10:35 PM

Nice job, looks neat and clean!

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#9 posted 11-19-2009 12:22 AM

Very nice, look great and are functional.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#10 posted 11-19-2009 12:55 AM

Very clean….Looks really nice…You got love having those deep drawers and the bench top looks really good as well.

-- Mike - Woodworking rookie from NC

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#11 posted 11-20-2009 05:31 AM

Great looking cabintes. How do you like the rigid sander? I’ve been looking around at spindle sanders and this one came in raterd pretty good. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 11-20-2009 07:27 PM

@BTKS – I really like the sander. I’ve been mainly using the spindles, but have used the belt a few times. It makes quick work of sanding to a line after roughing out a curve on the bandsaw. I think one of the best parts is the dust collection. I’d say it’s about as good as when I hook up my ROS to the shop vac. In other words it captures the vast majority of the visible dust. I still wear a dust mask and run the air cleaner though since the dust that’s too small and is the most dangerous is unlikely to be fully captured. Anyways, it’s kind of a one trick pony but it sure is nice to have when you’ve got to sand a lot of curved parts. Hope that helps.

-- Jon

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#13 posted 11-21-2009 07:14 AM

Great, thanks for the help. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 01-29-2010 06:37 AM

I love your lower cabinets. The style is identicle to what I see in my head (im just starting, and the lower cabinets are my next project). I also admire your Attn to detail on the drawer fronts – with the grain. Awsome.

-- ...SportsCenter, think about that, that's just dumb. - Ron Burgandy.

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#15 posted 01-29-2010 07:37 AM

Great storage good job

-- Custom furniture

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