Useful Little Cabinets - Variations on a Theme

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Project by Paul posted 253 days ago 7691 views 61 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve found these little cabinets useful for personal use and have made them for others. Machinist cabinet look. Simple 1/4” x 1/4” dados in the cabinet sides spaced for the depth of drawers desired. I’ve made them with dividers in the drawers and without. Straight forward = The drawer bottom doubles as the runners for the drawer in the cabinet. Simple rabbets on the drawer corners – with bottoms glued and tacked to the drawer frame. allow a 1/16” on each side for the drawer bottom with some candle wax and they slide easily without jamming. I’ve made them in various shapes and sizes – most often in red oak but also in utility pine for the garage, too. Great for small collectibles, thread cabinet, small tools, pocketknives, and other smalls to which you want convenient access.

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 253 days ago

Very nice. I need some narrow drawers for my shop. I think I’ve found the plan.

-- Glen

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#2 posted 253 days ago

Nice job with these cabinets.

-- Do something nice for me and I'll say thanks. Do something nice for my children and I'll be your friend forever.

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#3 posted 253 days ago

great cabinets,this will work nicely for my knife collection.thanks for sharing!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 253 days ago

Great design—simple to make and nice to look at! Looks like another new project :)

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#5 posted 253 days ago

Sawdust did a nice one here =

I picked up the design in a woodworking magazine somewhere along the way.

-- Paul, Texas

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#6 posted 252 days ago

Any plans out there for something like you have built??

These look to be handy in many ways….............................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 252 days ago

Good looking and functional….I’m talking about the cabinet btw, not my wife.

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#8 posted 252 days ago

Very nice!!

Thanks for sharing!


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#9 posted 252 days ago

I agree, useful little cabinets. Like the simple design and looks good stained or plain. I could see adding some felt to really set it off but with these, anything goes, from tools to jewelry. Great design, great job!

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#10 posted 252 days ago

Very nice cabinets. One idea to “dress them up” a little would be to use partial overlay drawer fronts to cover the raw plywood edge.

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#11 posted 252 days ago

Paul…..nice work there…..and I agree, these are a nice design. I’ve built a few also for under bench storage and a shop cart.

WOOD magazine (May 2008) has plans using this design.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#12 posted 252 days ago

At last, a home for my pocketknife collection. I like the straightforward design that provides plenty of opportunity for customization. Thanks for showing the way.

-- 1965 Scooper

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#13 posted 252 days ago

Nice drawer cabinets.
Any collector of tools knows…..we cannot have enough drawers !

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#14 posted 252 days ago

Nice. Do you think you needed the drawer sides to be as big as thick as you made them, or would a 1/4 inch wall suffice?

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#15 posted 252 days ago

JL7 (Jeff) – Thanks for the WOOD Magazine citation, I’m sure that’s probably the original source, since that’s the only mag I get.

natenaaron – Yes, you can probably downsize the drawer components thickness to 1/4”. If you want to use a bit more than just glue holding the bottom to the drawer frame, need to have some delicate brads for the task. 1/2” all around isn’t overwhleming, IMHO

Thanks all!

-- Paul, Texas

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