Simple Shop Cabinets

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Project by PocketHole69 posted 09-13-2010 04:12 PM 7023 views 14 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The local orange store had a special on 3/4 cabinet grade plywood for $26 a sheet so I’ve been taking advantage of the deal to upgrade my shop.

My first project is wall cabinets to try and get some of the crap laying around up and out of the way.

Construction is 3/4 ply with hardboard back. Drilled shelf pin holes on the inside using the rockler jig, which worked well. A french cleat on the back hangs them on the wall. Hinges are those universal spring type you can get from rockler and the big box stores, they worked great. Finish is a couple coats of wipe-on poly just to seal the wood.

I made them with dimensions that would get maximum use out of the plywood, so they’re roughly 11” deep. I included a small open shelf at the bottom for commonly accessed items like layout tools, pencils, beer, etc. I also plan to build a “sandpaper center” and other organizational items to put under there.

I discovered that the first cabinet I did was out of square when I tried to hang the doors (which is why in the last picture one of the cabinets has a weird gap on the doors), so I called it a learning experience and did better with the second one. It turned out great. Oh well, its just a garage cabinet so who cares, right?

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 04:22 PM

That is a project I have GOT to get done soon… I need to keep going with organization…

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 06:06 PM

I like them. Wish I had a couple.

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 09:08 PM

These are shop cabinets I’ve been looking for. What are the exact dimensions for the whole cabinet and how tall is the open shelf?

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 09:16 PM

No problem dave, I’ll have to measure them up tonight and I’ll post them here.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 01:09 AM

The overall dimensions are 36” H x 30” W x 11.75” D.

The shelf opening on the bottom is 8” tall, but if I was going to do them over again I’d make them about 9.5” so I could fit a bottle of Titebond in there (about 9” tall).

It’s a big cabinet, which is exactly what I was looking for, but some people might want to scale it down some.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 04:11 AM

I’ve been planning to build such wall cabinets for a while. Yours give me good inspiration. I particularly like the added shelves below the cabinet itself. I plan to make mine out of white and bright Melamine. Yours look nice and well made. Congrats.

Thanks for posting and sharing.



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#7 posted 09-15-2010 02:42 PM

Those are big I wish I had plywood


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#8 posted 09-17-2010 03:30 AM

I would have been happy to help you load your own on your trailer when we were loading up mine noknot.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#9 posted 09-20-2010 01:37 AM

Thats not the point my wife thinks/knows that the money is hers maybe I need to charge my customers more?


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#10 posted 09-20-2010 01:38 AM

Nice shop cabinets.

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#11 posted 12-07-2011 07:32 PM

A clean simple design. I like it and plan to incorporate a similar simple box design into my own shop cabinets. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 05-14-2012 12:50 AM

I got bad new today when I went into The Home D store. The plant in Chili that makes this plywood has burnt down. Darn I liked that stuff, used it for my shop floor. Anyway that is what the help told me at the HD. And lately the cost has been about $29.95 per 4×8 sheet. They did have some other ply made in the US for $36.95 so I got 6 sheets.

I have been putting face frames on my cabinets, doesn’t use much material and adds some strength.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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