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Shop Cabinets made with Columbia Purebond

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Project by NiteWalker posted 12-19-2012 01:56 AM 2419 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not too long ago there was mention of columbia purebond plywood at home depot. It’s made in the usa, not expensive and has few voids.

So I decided to grab a couple of sheets and build some much needed wall shelves!
The first pic is directly above my workbench. It worked ok, but there was a lot of wasted space.

The second pic is after installing the cabinets.
The cabinets are 24” wide by 30” tall. 3/4” maple purebond for everything but the backs, which are 1/4” maple purebond with 3/4” hanging strips. The shelves are adjustable via holes drilled with the kreg shelf pin jig. It’s a great little jig. I used 5mm holes and some straight pins I got on ebay. I like those better than the paddle style pins.

I built them like big drawers; the tops and bottoms fit into rabbets cut into the side pieces. There’s grooves in the sides and top for the back to slide into, and the bottom is cut so the back just slides past it. Looking back I should have just made the back the same as the top for easier part cutting and sorting.

There’s two #10 3” washer head screws (mcfeely’s) holding the cabinets to the studs, and once they were all hung up I screwed them together from the inside for more stability.

And now I’m pooped.
I’ll reorganize everything tomorrow.
The third pic is my shop in the current state. :)

I really liked working with the purebond. It was very predictable, no warping except for the 1/4” panels a bit, no voids, thick face veneer and because it’s poplar core it’s really light.. After the holidays I’m getting some more to build a couple of drawer cases for under the workbench, much like lon schleining’s monster workbench storage and ed pirnik’s small workbench.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.





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romansfivefive

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 02:20 AM

I am going to have to try some of that wood, sounds like a great fit for a couple of projects I have on my to do list, or to don’t depending on my mood. Great ideas for the shelves.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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NiteWalker

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 02:25 AM

It’s great; I’m very impressed with how there were no voids and how stable it was.
I’m looking for other projects I need to do just so I can get some more lol!

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Jpedi

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 02:43 AM

Good job! My workshop looks like something exploded in there…. and right in the middle is a horrible mess of a “scrap” rack full of “stuff” that I INTEND to make into fabulous organizers like yours among other things. IF I live long enough. It seems my wife’s got a few interfering priorities, if you can believe that.

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 02:58 AM

I dont see anything wrong with your 3rd pic… !

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DeLayne Peck

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 07:39 AM

Very nice cabinets! I have a hell of a time keeping my shop straight. Guess I am not alone. Buy American!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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RVroman

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 09:44 AM

Nice! I am in the middle of a total shop re-organization which includes many new tool bases/cabinets. I will have to see if our local HD has this.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 09:56 AM

Since transportation is an issue for me I ordered it online in 2’x4’ sheets. It ends up being a bit more per a full sheet, but this is offset by the convenience of having it delivered to my door. Homedepot has free shipping over $45. One 2’x4’ sheet of 3/4” and 1/4” will make one cabinet. Actually to maximize material use, the cabinets could be up to 40” tall and there would be very little waste.
Here's home depot's purebond page.
I might get some cherry purebond later on for a bookcase.

@Joe, I lol’d at that. :) Glad to see I’m not alone in the anti-pristine workspace.

Thanks guys for the kind words!
The fun part is later today when I get to load up the shelves.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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prattman

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 01:25 PM

I had a good laugh too because my shop looks the same way, Great job on the cabinets.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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BusterB

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#9 posted 12-19-2012 02:14 PM

Very Nice job…. Lately I have begun to enjoy doing projects for my (snicker, snort) shop more than I enjoy gettng projects out of the shop. As I look around the place, I find myself thinking…”you know what would go good there”. Those shelves are a fine addition and should serve you well for many a day.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 12-19-2012 02:30 PM

These came together very well nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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pwgphoto

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#11 posted 12-20-2012 02:21 AM

Looks like they don’t stock the Purebond in my area, it is an online only item. Shame I would like to have checked it out. I am in a shop improvement building stage.

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NiteWalker

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#12 posted 12-20-2012 02:23 AM

If the 2’x4’ size can work for you, it’s pretty easy to order $45 worth for free shipping.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Lifesaver2000

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#13 posted 01-05-2013 04:58 AM

I have a question about the Purebond plywood. Does the grain pattern run along the 4’ direction or the 2’ direction?

If the grain pattern runs along the long dimension, some of that might be the way to go for a project I have planned.

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NiteWalker

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#14 posted 01-05-2013 05:00 AM

I’m pretty sure it was the long dimension.
I have another couple of sheets down in the shop for another cabinet, so I’ll double check in the morning.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Lifesaver2000

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#15 posted 01-05-2013 06:40 AM

Thank you.

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