|Forum topic by Tony1212||posted 07-24-2015 01:52 PM||790 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-24-2015 01:52 PM
I’m about to start building replacement cabinets in my shop and I have some questions about the designs in my head.
I want big cabinets – I’m thinking two 4ft by 4ft by 2ft deep cabinets. But I’m afraid that the carcasses won’t be strong enough to support the weight of all the tools, fasteners, finishes and assorted other items that they are supposed to hold.
I was thinking 3/4” ply for the sides and 1/2” ply for the back with a permanent 3/4” ply shelf in the middle with hardwood supports. I figure I can screw all that into the studs in the wall. Then add some more 3/4” adjustable shelves with hardwood supports to prevent sagging across the 4ft span.
Will that hold the weight? Any better ideas on how to do that?
Integrated Tool Chests
I want the bottom 1/3 or 1/2 of the cabinets to be tool chests with a variety of drawer sizes. I use a metal toolbox now, but my vision expands on that idea to hold even more. I find them very convenient and wish I had more. The toolbox currently sits on my workbench, but I’d like to get rid of it so I can use all of my workbench and move the tools into the cabinets.
My main concern is that the cabinets are going to be 2ft deep and I don’t think a 2ft deep tool chest is practical. But if I make them narrower, there’s a lot of unusable space behind them.
Any ideas on how to make that better?
-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs