Shop Cabinets

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 08-28-2013 03:22 PM 4946 views 50 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design evolved from an article in the November 1984 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine. However, I decided to enlarge the tool units and use glass doors instead of solid plywood as shown in that article.

This was my first major piece of shop furniture to be designed and built after I moved to my present home back in 1992—probably made in 1993-1994. Also, it is the one and only time I used the mortising attachment for my drill press. The design has worked well for me; and, being a “toolaholic” I enjoy being able to see my toys while I’m in the shop.

The construction is of hard maple plywood for the carcass with hard maple trim; and, all doors and drawers are hard maple. The dimensions for the four smaller cabinets are 17-7/8” wide x 13-1/2” high x 15-3/4” deep; the center cabinet is 25” wide x 16-1/2” high x 15-3/4” deep; and, the entire unit is 101-1/2” long x 18” high x 15-3/4” deep.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are very much appreciated. Thanks for looking.

P.S. The project on my bench below the cabinets is the “Hull & Wad Hoppers” I recently posted (i.e., ).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 08-28-2013 03:27 PM

Wow. It came out wonderful.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-28-2013 03:36 PM

Double WOW! Tool envy and cabinet envy all at the same time. Now, excuse me while I go throw rocks at my shop.

Nicely done.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#3 posted 08-28-2013 03:38 PM

John, I am glad to see you back in the shop. I really like the glass door cabinets. As you said, it is nice to see what is inside them. The last cabinets I made for my shop have glass doors also. You have inspired me to build more storage that way, although they will probably be made out of pine or fir rather than hard maple. That is like gold in my neck of the woods :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 08-28-2013 03:39 PM

These cabinets are a wonderful edition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 08-28-2013 03:41 PM

Okay, now your just bragging. LOL
I can only dream to one day be that organized…ah, to dream. :)
Very impressive!


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#6 posted 08-28-2013 03:56 PM

Looks like you have an awesome setup. I like the cabinet design. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 08-28-2013 04:13 PM

Great looking setup!! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#8 posted 08-28-2013 04:14 PM

Those are a real nice set of shop cabinets, not to mention a well stock with some good tools. The glass doors are a good idea.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 08-28-2013 04:17 PM

Stellar job on the shop cabinets, Shooter…..One can never have enough storage for tools….Good design and layout for your shop….They’ve been up a while…..should be up forever, and fit your needs…....!!!!!!!!!

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 08-28-2013 04:33 PM

Whoa!!!!!!!!! You have been busy, John. I love the receding doors. You can keep everything clean and see what is where!!!!!!!! Outstanding set of cabinets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice that you used maple too. It looks god in any situation!! I wish you were here so I could have given you the maple plywood for this job!!.......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 08-28-2013 05:19 PM

Really nice work… organization with style…sweet build

-- 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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#12 posted 08-28-2013 05:31 PM

Hello HillbillyShooter

A very impressive organization

I like it. The design is very nice with the glass door

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#13 posted 08-28-2013 05:52 PM

Wow John that is awesome…lots of drawers and cupboard space for storage for things. Really like the way you did the lift up and slide back doors on the cupboard storage sections…Great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#14 posted 08-28-2013 05:57 PM

Fantastic workmanship. Too bad that issue is not available. October and December are there, but no November.

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#15 posted 08-28-2013 06:19 PM

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to look at and comment on my project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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