Shop Utility Cabinet

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Project by WudWrkr posted 07-07-2008 05:48 AM 3237 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a utility cabinet I just finished for my shop. I made it from plans I downloaded from PlansNOW, though it had been originally featured in a Workbench Magazine article. As you can see, it’s all pine except for the pegboard door inserts and the hardboard back. It’s a nice size, the overall dimensions being ~11”x48”x42”.

I am very pleased with the amout of storage available with this cabinet. As you can see in the pics there are two adjustable shelves, the pegboard tool storage on the doors and then there’s the top of the cabinet too, giving a generous amount of storeage for the wall space used.

This was my first go at stub tenon doors (or any kind of doors for that matter) and everything went together just like it was supposed to. I was a little amazed and greatly pleased with that! I really like the options this kind of door offers for a utility type cabinet. I opted to use pegboard so I could have often used tools close at hand. I could just as easily used dry marker board or cork board or just plain old 1/4” plywood.

In the near future I am going to use this same plan to make a sander/sanding supply cabinet just half as wide as this one and with a single door. I will probably use a plywood door insert with a jig mounted on it for cutting sheet sandpaper to various sizes.

There are many things about woodworking for me to learn and I learned a thing or two completing this project. I have more photos with greater detail and plan on adding a blog of this project in the next couple of days. I know that I perhaps have that backwards, i.e. I should blog the project progress and then post the finished photos, but my shop time has been very limited lately and it just happened this way! Thanks for looking.

-- Steve - "Dang, no matter how many times I run it through the planer it's still too thin!"

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 07:00 AM

I made something similar recently but i made the door too big and it looks wonky. will do the job tho!

-- - more crap coming soon!

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 01:16 PM

Great storage solution. I could really use something like that. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 01:45 PM

Nice cabinet. I like the idea of using dry marker board for the door insert, I think I might use that on a shop cabinet I need for my shop.
Thanks for the post.

-- Todd, Richfield MN

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 01:53 PM

Very good craftsmanship. For a first go at stub tenon very good. Isn’t it great to learn a new skill? I personally like the look of pine with the knots. Mortise and tenon joint is next right?

Great job.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#5 posted 07-07-2008 02:10 PM

Great project.. Did you carve a date into it?
“my shop time has been very limited lately and it just happened this way! “

As long as your enjoying yourself, that is how I look at it (as well as many of the jocs here) and while your at it go post a few pic of that show of yours :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 02:39 PM

I had not seen this plan before. I really like the idea of the pegboard doors.

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

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 04:00 PM

Nice and clean. Good job. Are those magnets I see for keeping the doors closed?

Building stuff for the shop is such a nice way of trying out new techiques. I love it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 07-07-2008 04:48 PM

Thanks all, I appreciate the great comments.

Bill: Thank you. I agree, pine with a few knots looks right at home in the shop. Yes, M&T is(are?) coming up real soon!

Snowdog: Thanks. I didn’t think to carve a date into it, I’ll have to do that. As soon as I get the cabinet loaded up & some boxes emptied I will post some shop pics. I know I like looking at everyone else’s shop pics.

Charlie: Here’s a link to the plan.
The plan pic shows drawers on the bottom. That’s actually a separate section that is bolted on. I milled up the pieces, then realized that the drawers were going to be in the way of a recipticale strip. I’ll be mounting the drawers elsewhere in the shop.

Steve: Thanks. Yes, those are magnets at the top and I have catches at the bottom. Actually, the magnets didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. They don’t seem to be strong enough or something. I have to follow up on that. I totally agree about trying out new techniques on shop projects – it’s kind of a two-fer!

-- Steve - "Dang, no matter how many times I run it through the planer it's still too thin!"

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Callum Kendall

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#9 posted 07-07-2008 04:59 PM

Nice cabinet!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 07-07-2008 05:12 PM

Wudwrkr: You might follow up on some “rare earth” magnets, if those aren’t working out so well. They are very powerful.

Looks great!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-07-2008 08:32 PM

Hi Wudwrkr,

Very nice storage solution!

Also, very nice workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 07-08-2008 04:40 AM

Nice job. Thanks for the post

-- Rusty

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