|Project by brianl||posted 03-27-2010 09:02 PM||4517 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
I finally decided to create a shop cabinet so that I would have a place to put my tools. Previously they ended up scattered all over my bench, causing me to constantly fight for space. I got the plans from ShopNotes’ special Setting up Shop issue.
The body is made from 3/4” birch plywood. The edging is simple molding from a big-box. The piece is put together primarily with 2 in screws. It is secured to the wall using 3” screws into three separate studs. The project featured a large amount of rabbet work. There is no finish on it at this time. The lower drawers are made from 1/2” birch plywood, quickly knocked together with a brad gun.
I am still in the process of creating custom holders for my commonly used tools. Right now you can see a screwdriver/chisel holder, a combination square/tape measure slot, sanding block box, and a wrench rack. More to come as I decide what I often use. I still keep the majority of my uncommonly-used tools in a large toolbox.
Before this project I had never used a Dado set so that was an interesting learning experience. I also learned to use a router with a mortising bit to cut dadoes in the middle of long pieces of wood. The weigh of the piece was also a bit of a problem. Getting this sucker up on the wall by myself took a lot of time, patience, and planning.
I seriously butchered the shelf pins. I attempted to construct a jig to make it easier but I still over-drilled holes and mis-aligned them. I think before I do any further work I will purchase one of the commercial shelving jigs I’ve seen for sale from Rockler and whatnot. I think I will also drill the shelf pin holes before assembling the carcass.
After mounting the cabinet I realized that it would not open due to the garage door track. So, I unscrewed it, heaved the heavy sucker down and remounted it where I thought it would be okay. I then learned to my horror that I was 1/8” too high. That really enforced the “measure twice, move a really freakin’ heavy cabinet once” lesson.
1. Cabinet construction is harder than you think.
2. Dado sets are awesome.
3. If you ask the guys at the big box stores to cut a sheet of 4’x8’ plywood down for you, watch them closely. They butchered a lot of the cuts and splintered edges all over the place.
This was a really valuable learning experience for me. It took about 15 hours for me to make it and is really useful now. Now all I need is a real workbench!
-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts