Custom Shop Cabinets

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Project by Tom Clark posted 02-24-2010 05:07 AM 7116 views 10 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started designing and building my own shop cabinets 25 years ago because I needed a place to store things. I also learned how to build shop cabinets quickly and easily. Soon I started throwing away machinery stands for the smaller machines, and put the small machines on cabinets that turned the wasted space under them into useful space to store things. When the router table and air cleaner were built, every square inch was filled with drawers so no space was wasted. No matter how small or large your shop is, if you make it all useable space, you double its size. You can see more of the shop on my workshop tour.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 02-24-2010 05:11 AM

More great cabinets Tom

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-24-2010 05:13 AM

oooo very nice!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 02-24-2010 05:16 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 05:38 AM

It’s always inspiring and fun to work in a shop with plenty of very nice & beautiful storages, racks and workstations. And it’s more enjoyable you built them yourself! Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 06:10 AM

Greetings Tom… I’m the same way… I build all my shop cabinets, and hate those metal stands they give you that comes with a new tool. The “footprint” is way too big, and they take up so much floor space…I’m with you on the cabinets. Besides, it’s much more fun to build your own, and customize them to your needs.

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

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 06:35 AM

Nice shop cabinets.

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 07:23 AM

Can’t wait to get your book Tom if all goes well in 1-2 weeks hope to attempt to make the router cabinet so so nice.

-- jim

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 11:41 AM

Nice …. 2 drill press’s side by side, show off… LOL Like the shop.. Can you tell me more about the Cab. with filter? I just got an old blower motor and plan on making a shop air filter.

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

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 01:39 PM

Wow, everything looks so beautiful and functional. I can hardly imagine having that much storage space and drawers around. Not sure if I could remember where everything is.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#10 posted 02-24-2010 01:42 PM

I want your shop!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 03:11 PM

Now THATS a shop!! The cabs are superb.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 03:50 PM

That gives your shop a really nice uniform look. I hope my shop looks that nice when I get it finished…does a shop ever get finished?

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 04:12 PM

that’s the way to do it. Great looking work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 02-24-2010 04:33 PM

What, no drawers on the assembly table??? Seriously, that is awesome work. I would image that everything has a place in your shop.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#15 posted 02-24-2010 06:18 PM

I had to zoom in some of the pictures, but I found it! 5th picture, just to the right – SAW DUST – HA! LOL. What a beautiful shop! I’m in the process of reorganization myself, you’ve set the bar awefully high, I have no hope….... Great job!

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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