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Project by mlindegarde posted 04-29-2013 03:09 PM 1950 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It doesn’t really get much more basic than this: a simple wall mounted cabinet. I’ve made a few small projects now (cutting board, box, toy excavator, workbench, etc…), but this is my first piece of “furniture”.

This was a project my brother and I worked on together over a weekend. We are both slowly getting better at this woodworking thing. We wanted to improve our skills in a few areas so most of the design decisions were made to incorporate a specific tool or joint.

The face frame was done with pocket screws (I think this was my brother’s favorite part). The door was done using a bridle joint with a rabbit for the plexiglass to sit in. I made a very primitive tenoning jig for my table saw to cut the stiles. The self pin holes were done using the Kreg jig.

All wood was from Home Depot. Pine for face frame and door. Birch plywood for the rest. This was the first time I’ve used pine. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of it.

It came out square, we didn’t miss cut anything (too badly) and no one got hurt. All-in-all I would say it was a successful weekend.





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Sergio

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 04:17 PM

That looks nice. If it was for my shop, it would not have glass door…. I am too messy, so the cabinets serve to the purpose of hide it …. LOL

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mlindegarde

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 04:25 PM

My wife made the same point. I prefer to keep everything visible (I realize I’m the odd one in this case) so I went with acrylic. For the most part I keep the shop in order, so there isn’t much of a mess to hide anyway.

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MNBsr

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 05:06 PM

Very Nice.

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 05:07 PM

Nice cabinet ! Please publish a short tutorial on shop organization. I, for one, NEED it.

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 08:15 PM

great cabinet,everytime i clean my shop i say i’m keeping it clean this time.it don’t happen.
nice work on the cabinet…..

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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mlindegarde

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 08:43 PM

@snowgoer
I’m not so sure my shop is well organized, it’s just not that dirty.

@MNBsr & @whitebeast88
Thanks.

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 09:19 PM

Nice job. I like the idea of acrylic. Cheap, keeps the dust out and still lets you see what’s inside the cabinets. I think I’ll steal this idea for my own shop cabinets.

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

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mlindegarde

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#8 posted 04-29-2013 10:11 PM

@NiteWalker
Thanks. I took a look at your project. You added a lot shelf space with that.

I wanted to use 1/8’’ acrylic but Home Depot and Lowe’s only sold full 4’ x 8’ sheets with that thickness. Considering how many panels you need, a full sheet might work for you. I ended up going with the .096’’ acrylic so that I didn’t need to buy a full sheet.

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#9 posted 04-29-2013 10:15 PM

Thanks, I have a good plastics supplier (norva plastics on ebay) So I’ll probably order from them. I’ll compare prices though.

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

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mlindegarde

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 10:20 PM

I saw some of the other guys on here bought from eBay. I took a look, but the shipping costs made the local big box store much cheaper.

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freddyaudiophile

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#11 posted 04-29-2013 11:19 PM

What are the dimensions?

How wide is the face frame?

I like them…

Did you consider using peg board instead of the acrylic stuff in the door? I know… It would prevent you from seeing inside… But would get you more surface area to hang things.

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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Oldtool

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#12 posted 04-29-2013 11:38 PM

Very nice build. Looks like all joints are tight, and as you said all is square. It doesn’t get any better than this. Going to paint it?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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mlindegarde

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#13 posted 04-29-2013 11:40 PM

12’’ deep, 36’’ high, 24 1/4’’ wide. Face frame is 1/8’’ wider than the cabinet on each side. I wanted a little overhang so that if I put two of them side-by-side there is less of a chance of a gap.

The face frame is 1 3/4’’ wide. I more or less copied my kitchen cabinets, but I thought the 1 1/2’’ face frame they had looked a little too skinny.

The door frame is 2’’ wide all the way around and overlaps the face frame by 1/2’’.

I didn’t consider peg board, but that seems like a pretty good idea. It wouldn’t surprise me if someday down the road I swap the plexiglass out for something else. Be it peg board or a solid panel.

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mlindegarde

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#14 posted 04-29-2013 11:44 PM

@Oldtool
Thanks for the compliments. I haven’t decided about the finish yet. I doubt I’ll paint it. I’ll probably end up finishing it with something I haven’t used befor. I’ve found shop furniture to be a great place to practice new finishing methods.

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#15 posted 04-29-2013 11:45 PM

Looks very functional… nothing wrong with THAT!

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