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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 11-21-2009 08:14 PM 3448 views 24 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been seeing quite a few of these posted lately. This was inspired by the one in FWW magazine a while back. Instead of drawers at the bottom, I thought a couple rows of plastic bins would be more practical and versatile.

All six sides of this are 3/4 birch ply, so keeping it on the wall was a concern. I screwed a 2×4 ledge to the studs to give support at the bottom, and used 8 1/4×3” lag screws through the back of the cabinet and into the studs. I don’t think it’s going anywhere.

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





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#1 posted 11-21-2009 08:34 PM

Well done…..I need to spend some time organizing…..I’ve been begrudging that lately as I barely have time to do any projects as it is….but my new shop is getting cluttered and as I “senior moment’ out….it really gets hard to find those mislaid marking tools….screwdrivers…etc..

Thats some great inspiration there…..I like your bin innovation…..I have some plans for a rack of wood bins but have not gotten around to it….so the fasteners sit around in boxes….and I have to rustle through them to find the sizes I need…..

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 08:40 PM

Charlie, how do you keep those bisquits usable while exposed to humidity? Oh, and nice cabinet.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 11-21-2009 08:48 PM

way to organized – i’d never find anything!

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 11-21-2009 08:55 PM

Dan, how do you store your biscuits? I haven’t had a problem.

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

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 08:58 PM

Looks great Charlie ,This is one of your bigger boxes :-))

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 08:59 PM

I keep mine in the original plastic jars. Maybe it’s just the high humidity of Ky, but out of the jar for more than an hour and they swell enough that they have to be driven into the slots with a hammer.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 09:00 PM

Very cool Charlie did you ever think of using a french cleat to hang it to the wall

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 11-21-2009 09:08 PM

Nice home for all your tools.

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#9 posted 11-21-2009 09:12 PM

Great cabinet, Charlie! I’m always surprised at how many tools can fit in such a compact space.

I’ve been using 3” Deck screws for hanging cabinets, and it only takes a few of them to hold a lot of weight – I build everything out of ¾” ply or ¾” melamine PB. You also get some support just from the friction of the cabinet back against the wall.

I remodeled a kitchen this past spring and all the cabinets had been hung with 2½” drywall screws! That’s pretty scary, but they had stayed up for 15+ years.

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#10 posted 11-21-2009 09:16 PM

Andy, I thought about a french cleat. But since the entire back of the cabinet was a solid piece, it seemed simpler just to go directly into the wall. The 2×4 ledge at the bottom was probably overkill, but that’s just me. :-)

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

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pommy

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#11 posted 11-21-2009 09:31 PM

thats cool mate. the one i’m looking at making has slides in the back for my panel saws and large square so the cleat is a better way for me i think :)

and did you make yours as a whole box then cut your doors from the box if you know what i mean i read this back to myself and it sort of makes sense if your as dumb as me LOL…......

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#12 posted 11-21-2009 09:45 PM

Super nice cabinet. That’s the way I mounted mine. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 11-21-2009 10:25 PM

Andy, yes I did make the whole box first and then cut the front off to make the doors. Leaving space in the back to slide saws in is a great feature. I just didn’t think I had enough room where I was planning to put the cabinet.

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

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#14 posted 11-21-2009 10:39 PM

Excellent job Charlie! That is a very useful addition to your shop. I plan on making one myself one day. This has inspired me to do it sooner rather than later.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#15 posted 11-21-2009 10:46 PM

Nice job Charlie. I still have some wall space maybe I should build something that.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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