Shop Improvements#3: Storage Cabinet

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Project by Jim Savage posted 04-16-2010 01:31 AM 2756 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wall cabinet is from WOOD Magazine. I got the plans out of “Best-Ever Home Shop Ideas 2009”. It probably appeared in a regular issue of the magazine at some point, but I don’t know when. If you’re looking for the plans on their website, I think they call it a “Tool Cabinet”.

It’s 32 inches wide, 32 inches tall, and 12 inches deep. It has two sets of doors that have pegboard panels, and then shelving inside of that.

There’s a lot more pegboard space than I thought, but the storage is not very deep (except for the outside doors). The bins (along the bottom in pictures #2 and #3) hold a lot of small things that would be loose or in plastic cups otherwise. I also have a few things hanging on the exterior sides of the cabinet.

This is a good project for a small shop. I used leftover plywood, and I bought one sheet of pegboard and two lengths of piano hinge.

My pictures came out a little dim, but I think you can see the things I’m describing.

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#1 posted 04-16-2010 01:50 AM

Hey Jim. Nice build. I made the same one several months ago. It was a fun project with nice instructions in the magazine. That sucker is heavy when it’s all together isn’t it? Not sure if this will happen to you but mine is sagging in the middle, causing both ride side doors to rub. I hung it on the wall on the angled cleat as suggested. I think I am going to take it down some day and attach a cleat to the wall for it to rest on. Just a heads up for you to be on the lookout for this. Again, nice build. It is great getting all the tools in one neat and orderly area isn’t it?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 04-16-2010 02:13 AM

that look great!!!!! man, it has a good layout and design too!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#3 posted 04-16-2010 02:24 AM

LOVE IT! Just the other day I was looking at my cabinet thinking PEG BOARD is what could make my set up better! And BAM here it is!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#4 posted 04-16-2010 02:29 AM

Nice job!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#5 posted 04-16-2010 03:35 AM

Thanks for looking, everyone.

Lenny, I appreciate the heads up about the sagging. This cabinet is heavy and when the doors are open I’m sure there’s a lot of stress on the carcass. I’ve been thinking about something mounted under the cabinet to give it some support. I’m picturing a board (maybe a piece of 2X4) mounted to the studs, with the cabinet flush on top of it, as if the cabinet is sitting on a ledge.

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 02:48 PM

Jim, nice build. If you are like me, you will find this the most useful shop project you have done. To have all those tools readily available above your workbench is a real joy.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#7 posted 04-16-2010 03:30 PM

Nice shop project.

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

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#8 posted 04-17-2010 03:46 AM

Nice… I was looking at replacing a couple of my smaller cabinets with this one for more storage in a small area… some day!


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#9 posted 04-17-2010 04:40 PM

I’ve been thinking about something like this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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