Ash, walnut, oak shop cabinet

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Project by DaveJ posted 2440 days ago 3541 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The base cabinets on the left side – the two doors and 10 small drawers – are from a bench that my Grandfather built around 1945. You can see that original bench in the third picture. I inherited the bench when my Dad retired his shop a few years ago. I’m short on floor space, but really wanted to keep the bench. My solution was to mount the upper unit to the wall (which you can see on my shop page) and use the base in this cabinet. This gives me the option of reassembling the original bench configuration if I move into a larger shop or to pass it further down the generations.

Top is veneered ash and walnut. “Old” base cabinets are a mix of white and red oak; new base is red oak. Finished with Danish oil.

-- Dave J. Oakdale, MN

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#1 posted 2440 days ago

wow great bench

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#2 posted 2440 days ago

Beautiful cabinets! It’s great to have a little family history in the shop.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 2440 days ago

Beautiful! – Great story behind the heirloom.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 2440 days ago

That is a beautiful bench/cabinet. Don’t think I would want to do any work on the bench – be afraid to scratch it. Nice job – saving a family heirloom.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 2440 days ago

Very nice- I want one. I want my own shop too, but that is a separate problem…

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#6 posted 2440 days ago

That is one sweet looking shop cabinet Work would come to a hault if that were in my shop. I be afraid of ruining it.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#7 posted 2440 days ago

Lots o storage! great job

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Kevin Violette

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#8 posted 2440 days ago

I’m with cajunpen and shaun, I’d be afraid to use it. I tell you though they look really nice!

-- Kevin -- (

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#9 posted 2440 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments. As far as dinging it up, I look at it like my truck. In September 2000, it was brand new, shiny and dent-free. Today, it’s about to turn over to 100,000 miles and has plenty of wear and tear from hauling wood, tools, and kids. I expect that it will be the same with this cabinet. It’s there to work!

-- Dave J. Oakdale, MN

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 2440 days ago

That’s quite a top on that work bench, Dave!! Really nice with lots of storage. Now get in there and ding up a few memories on it. I agree with what you said about the truck. It was built to work not sit around, just like us. Great job.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 2440 days ago

Damn son, that’s really beautiful! Your grandfather would be really proud to see it as well! I also like the idea of a couple color photos hanging around too. Gives it a “homey” look.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 2438 days ago

Beautiful work tell you the truth I’d be afraid to do anything other than put a coaster on it and drink a beer (of course being very careful to not spill anything). Looks like you’ve been real busy and have done a great job. Good to see you are still creating good projects.

Fred Lueck

-- Fred, Parker, Colorado

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#13 posted 2438 days ago

Great job. It looks like a very inspirational place to work.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 2436 days ago

Wow, sweet cabinets! Makes me rethink my shop plans

-- time, there's never enough time...

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