Workshop Cabinets

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Project by clin posted 08-24-2016 03:03 AM 1674 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the cabinets I built for my garage converted to a workshop. There is a bath on the other side of this wall that I was able to plumb a sink into.

Cases are pre-finished birch plywood. Doors and drawers fronts are 3/4” Melamine. Cases were pocket screwed together. I used leg levers for the base cabinets. That is a sweet way to do it. Especially in this case because the garage floor slants towards the door.

I wanted a spot to sit at, as well as a file drawer.

I laminated the counter top myself and it was easy as everyone said.

Drawer boxes were made from 1/2’ Baltic birch plywood with butt joints using pocket screws and glue. Bottoms were 1/4” and some 1/2” just nailed and glued to the bottom, no dado or slot. I used water base poly on the drawer boxes.

Upper cabinets are mounted using French cleats. My shop walls are 100% covered in French cleats. This already helped because I found the 16” deep upper cabinet was in the way when using the sink. So I just moved it to another wall.

Pre-finsihed plywood is nice since it avoids having to finish the inside of the cabinets, and since I used doubled sided, it’s the outside too.

-- Clin

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 03:21 AM

Those are really outstanding cabinets. Nice job!

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 03:47 AM

Looks very nice.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 04:12 AM

Nice work they came out really well.

Throw some sawdust around then take a picture. Some spouses see your nice clean shop and then ask why ours do not look like it. And then the fight starts…...............

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 11:19 AM

Nice cabinets. Good looking. It’s a good thing to use white facing for lightning reflexion.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 11:23 AM

Very Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 11:40 AM

looks great!

-- 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 08-24-2016 02:14 PM

Stellar job on the cabinets….You can never have enough cabinets, work tables, or storage….I like plenty of them all….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#8 posted 08-24-2016 03:28 PM


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

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 04:51 PM

Nice clean build and install!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#10 posted 08-24-2016 06:30 PM

Thanks for all the comments. Pretty much my first cabinet project.

Worst mistake I made was getting saw dust into the drawer slides while building the counter top in place. I’d be sure to cover them if I had a do-over.

Nice cabinets. Good looking. It s a good thing to use white facing for lightning reflexion.

- Tetedebois

The white faces were not an accident. I like lots of light. I have 8 fluorescent fixtures (16 tubes total) in this 300 sq-ft space. You’ll note white walls (less cleats).

-- Clin

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#11 posted 08-24-2016 10:30 PM

Very nice, you did a great job.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 08-25-2016 02:42 AM

Great looking setup. Like the options you have with the cleat system.

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#13 posted 08-25-2016 01:51 PM

Looks super!

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#14 posted 08-25-2016 02:16 PM

very nice …..GREAT JOB



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#15 posted 08-27-2016 02:19 AM

Nice job!

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