Rolling Shop Cabinet

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Project by Geedubs posted 12-03-2010 10:20 PM 2759 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago I picked up a nice formica top on sale and put it on top of a crudely constructed cabinet that I had previously built. I recently decided it was time to upgrade…but cheaply. I designed this cabinet to be movable (3” wheels) and to provide the functions of manuals storage, stereo location, charging station and storage of planes/chisels/scrapers/sharpening tools & supplies. To keep the cost down I used a 4 X 8 sheet of 3/4” MDO ($18.00 at my local bargain lumber yard), oak drop-offs from a mill, recycled hardwood from a Portland recycling outlet and various scrap wood/hardware that I had laying around. I also used, for the first time, some low grade beech that I picked up from a hardwood supplier. I liked working with it and used it from framing on the cabinet (which I stained to darken for contrast with the oak). I wanted to try some new techniques (including basic planning with Sketchup) so I did considerable planing, resawing, routing…and made bridle joints for the first time (finishing the joint with dowels for visual appeal and additional strength). To ‘class-up’ the appearance, I picked up some scrap plexiglas at a local glass store and created windows for the library and radio sections. I finished it with natural danish oil and two coats of poly. Now, to do some sharpening and charging…to the sound of good music.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 10:42 PM

Wow. That is way too nice for the shop!

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 10:46 PM

Very Cool Cabinet !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 10:53 PM

Thanks for the positive comments. Building things for my shop is my ‘learning lab’. It is giving me the chance to develop my knowledge/skills and not be too concerned with the errors one makes in learning. On the other hand, the garage is the one room in the home I control…so why should I NOT have nice furniture?

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#4 posted 12-04-2010 12:19 AM

Yea I agree with rydonmf, it is way too nice just for the shop.
I think you have to make a crappy one for the shed! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 12-04-2010 05:48 AM

I too agree, it would very nice in the house! Great job and addition to your shop!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 12-04-2010 05:52 AM

I sorta’, kinda’ get sick of people whose shop cabinets come out looking so much better than my furniture :-(

[Great job. Looks fantastic. Nice use of materials. Nice details. Great overall look !]

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 12-04-2010 07:30 AM

This looks really great. I like the extra effort you are putting into your shop projects…and as you mention it helps refine your work and skills.
Good job!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 12-04-2010 08:18 AM

Hey Geedubs,
Now that is one sweet cabinet…good job.

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#9 posted 12-04-2010 10:02 AM

Nice, well done

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#10 posted 12-04-2010 11:00 AM

Looks great. really like the drawer fronts they have a different look to them. I assume there are to pull outs on the top as well? Great Job!

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

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#11 posted 12-05-2010 01:11 PM

Very nice job.. you gotta love functional furniture..


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#12 posted 04-03-2011 06:22 PM

I missed this the first time around. – very nicely done…...I need to make some cabinets so this is great inspiration….


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 04-03-2011 06:44 PM

Again, thanks for the nice comments.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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