Shop Cabinet

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Project by gerrym526 posted 04-14-2008 11:57 PM 2066 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a rolling TV stand with shelf, so I built the carcass. She didn’t like the orientation of the grain of the plywood shelf and bottom, so I built a 2nd stand for her. Took the carcass and decided to make doors for it to be used as a shop cabinet. I have a small shop, so every bit of storage helps.
I had purchased a set of rail and stile router bits years ago and never used them, so thought this might be a good chance to try them out. While they’re not cheap, based on my results, I’d recommend them to anybody who’s going to have to make lots of cabinet doors.
The bit on the right is the stile bit-cuts the grooves for the door panels in both the rails and stiles. The bit on the left is the rail bit that cuts the tenons in the ends of the rails to fit the groove in the stiles. The last picture shows the router table fixture I built from baltic birch plywood. The carrier slides along rails, and helps guide the rail pieces past the cutter (clamps hold it down firmly). You can learn how to build the fixture on Marc Adams video “Cabinets”, which I highly recommend. Have built most of my cabinetry using the techniques shown on the video. is his website-he also runs woodworking classes at his school in IN, with guest woodworkers as instructors.

Cabinet is oak and oak ply, finish is Bartley Gel Stain (Honey), and 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic.

I only finished the outside because after all, it’s a shop cabinet!

-- Gerry

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 02:30 AM

Now you need to get busy filling that baby up with tools! Thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 03:28 AM

You realize we expect to see all your shop cabinets to look like this now!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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