|Project by LeeInAZ||posted 08-25-2011 06:18 AM||5036 views||21 times favorited||12 comments|
After building my pegboard wall cabinet, I decided I needed some more storage. One of the items on to-do list was to eventually build some kitchen/bathroom cabinets, so I figured I’d make some shop cabinets to get a feel for how to do it. I read a short pamphlet put out by Kreg on building cabinets with pocket screws which gave me a good start on what to do. I also read a series of posts by Tom Clark describing his very good book Practical Shop Cabinets. Mostly following Tom’s procedures, I designed and built this series of cabinets. All were made with 3/4” Baltic Birch plywood, with maple face frames and MDF/White Melamine tops. All the drawers are on 100lb full extension slides. The drawers were mostly made from 1/2” BB plywood with 1/4” BB bottoms. I used pocket screw joinery almost exclusively in both the cabinets and the drawers.
The ten drawer cabinet was my first. It underwent a few changes from initial design to final build, so the drawer sizes are mismatched. I am currently using it to store fasteners and a few tools. I like to keep a good supply of my commonly used fasteners on hand. I made this cabinet the same height as my table saw to give me additional flexibility in organizing my shop.
The second cabinet (four same sized drawers) was built to utilize the space under my drill press. It is on wheels and fits over the base of my drill press and extends only a few inches beyond the table. It is also the same height as my table saw, and gets used as an extension/infeed/outfeed table as needed. I store all of my drilling related tools in here.
The final cabinet was built to fit under the extension table of my Unisaw. The two upper right drawers hold my zero tolerance inserts, feather boards, and other table saw accessories. The large bottom drawer holds a dovetail jig, tenon jig, and other bulky items. The final drawer is for saw blade storage. I built several of these blade holders from 1/4” Baltic Birch plywood. Each has a 5/8 dowel glued and wedged to support the blade, with a pair of magnets to keep it secure. The holes in the back make it easy to remove the blade. I store my dado blades on three of these – one for the two outer blades, one for the 1/8” chippers, and one for the smaller chippers and shims.
I have been quite pleased with these cabinets so far. Tom’s book was very helpful and well worth the price.
-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ