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Project by Matt W5MIX posted 11-15-2011 04:18 AM 5042 views 21 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently picked up a copy of Tom Clark’s Practical Shop Cabinets. It’s a really great book, basically showing how to build strong shop cabinets without over-engineering and with keeping costs low.

My first attempt was to build this 5-drawer birch plywood cabinet to sit underneath the table saw. It’s amazing how much stuff this small cabinet holds. Tools that were hanging on walls, sitting on open shelves and spread across other areas of the shop are now consolidated in this one cabinet all within easy reach.

The case is 3/4 birch plywood. Drawers are 1/2 inch birch ply. Tom uses Oak ply in the book, and you could certainly use just about anything. The birch is a USA-made product, with no inner voids (the plywood edges are visible on the face frames), so I went with that.

The finish was a couple coats of water-based poly.

-- Matt in Dripping Springs





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Routerisstillmyname

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 04:47 AM

Good job.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 05:42 AM

Really nice looking cabinet. Talk about some even reveal lines. Great job.

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thrak76

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 06:44 AM

Wow! Very nice cabinet.

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 11:08 AM

Very nice, clean lines as well.

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

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 02:08 PM

Looks good to me. Definitely a fine addition to any shop….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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ed220

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 04:20 PM

Very nice job.Gotta love those cabinets on wheels.

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Eric in central Florida

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 04:34 PM

Well that is some kinda nice cabinet Matt!
Lots of good space and a clean design.
Good job!

And, welcome aboard Lumberjocks!

ps: love that big old Hammond in your profile pic.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 11-15-2011 06:03 PM

Excellent job. This is one of those looks-too-good-for-the-shop projects.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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bch

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#9 posted 11-16-2011 03:13 AM

Too nice for the shop is right! Beautiful. If I built that my wife would steal it for upstairs.

-- --bch

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semi75

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#10 posted 11-16-2011 06:28 PM

I’m curious how the center support is attached? I glanced through Tom’s book but haven’t had time to look closely yet. Your cabinet came out much better looking than I thought such simple construction methods could make it look.

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Matt W5MIX

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#11 posted 11-16-2011 07:12 PM

Semi75, the center support is secured mainly by the face frame (glue and brad nails). There’s also a similar “face frame” on the back of the cabinet that eventually gets covered by the back panel, but it provides support in a similar way as the front face frame. There are also some small blocks (roughly 3/4” x 3”) you cut and glue on the backside of the face frames to provide some centering for that center support and also to provide a little more glue surface. It’s minimal but it’s strong.

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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Doug McPherson

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#12 posted 12-15-2011 04:42 PM

Very nicely built. I’d love to have one of those in my shop. Great job.

-- DullChiselDoug, http://www.mcphersonvisionsinwood.com

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#13 posted 10-25-2012 03:18 PM

These cabinets look awesome, I bought Tom’s book but havent made any cabinets yet, I need to get on it. I love the simplicity of his designs.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mauricio

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#14 posted 10-25-2012 03:20 PM

Matt, how ling did this cabinet take you to make?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Matt W5MIX

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#15 posted 10-25-2012 03:45 PM

Hi Mauricio. It’s been a while, so I can’t remember exactly. But it was pretty quick. I would guess it was two 4-hour days, something like that. I hope you give it a try!

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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