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11-15-2010 08:29 PM

I need some ideas for some shop cabinets, I am thinking about building a wall of shop cabinets in my shop to hold my benchtop power tools like my benchtop mortiser, and drill press, and maybe a future Dewalt moto miter box. Pictures would great.

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 08:36 PM

CJIII, before you go to the expense of building those cabinets. you may want to check out your local habitat resale store. There is one in newcastle and one in Dover I think. Not sure if there are others. they have lots of used kitchen cabinets that may give you what you want and a cheaper price. It leaves out the fun of building them but you can always customize them to fit your needs. Good Luck

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 08:51 PM


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#3 posted 11-15-2010 09:02 PM

phikap has a great idea on the habitat restore. I was in my local store the other day and they had about 20 wall cabinets fro $5 each. They weren’t the prettiest, but with a coat of paint and some new pulls they’d look great in a shop. Another resource is a cabinetmaker/installer. I’ve got a tenant who renovates kitchens and he’s all the time trying to unload old cabinets.

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 10:00 PM

Like the others have said check out your local salvage and even thrift stores. In the town I live in, we have a company called southeastern salvage that often has great deals on things like this and then there is also the Habitt store as well. Also, if you know anyone in the remodeling business, ask them to keep you in mind when they do a kitchen or bathroom project. Often they will be puttig in new cabinets. Unfortunately, if there isn’t plan for the old ones, they often just destroy the old cabinets because it is easier to dispose of them that way. I got the cabinets in my shop from a friend who let me have them if I would remove them. All I had to do was to go and take them out and haul them away. It saved his company the demo labor and I got free cabinets. It took some work and modifications to make them work, but the price was right and modifying was easier and much less time cosuming than building.

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 10:10 PM

If you want photos of great shop cabinets you need go no further than the posted workshop photos here on LJ’s. Look at various members’ shops and when you see the ones you like best, PM the member and see if he;’ll fill you in on them. My benches are all built in and double as cabinets. I also have uppers on the wall. Others have completely different setups. Check out this great resource . It’s definitely going to give you ideas.

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 10:28 PM

I’m thinking about building something myself (in fact I was going to post the question today as well). I was thinking that building something might provide something stronger than a kichen cabinet, but after more consideration, a kitchen cabinet loaded up with plates and bowls holds quite a bit of weight. Maybe the used route is the way to go.

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 12:04 AM

I may just do a 2×4 workbench since its cheaper.

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 02:13 AM

Hey Charles, Check out the Miter bench and storage plan on the New Yankey Workshop website. It might be the sort of thing you are looking for or at least you might get some ideas from it.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 11-16-2010 03:04 AM

Ok, Terry. I will check it out.

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#10 posted 11-16-2010 04:30 AM


I just about finished with redoing my shop cabinets. Well what i had before was a plywood two by four junk mess.

It very cheap to make cabinets..plywood popler hardwood. ...kreg pocket hole tool. And away you go.

I made 20ft of cabenets 30” deep with 7” drawers bottoms open and 4” by 4” toe kick.

Really not that much time money wise not bad well ten drawer slides ..bigest expense
but full extentions great amount of storage.

I said to myself this is the last time i going to dothis i don’t care how long or how muchjustdon’t wantto redo it down the road.

Thatkreg jig made theproject.

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#11 posted 11-16-2010 02:17 PM

i think we have all at some point used whatever we could find or had as shop furniture, or making it cheap and functional.
but there comes a time where you want to work in a pleasing and nicelooking environment. so i ditched all my crap and gradually made some better furniture, and im still in the process.
doesn’t need to be expensive, mdf carcasses with pine faceframes. it is a great opportunity to experiment with different techiques and methods, so you know how when someone orders you something similar.
and it’s also great to have shop furniture that you and your customers can use as an example to understand what look they want. so use as much different techinques and styles that you can, while still having a result that fits well together. let it show off your skills.

i have an oak cabinet that you can see in my projects that is still standing in my shop, it draws people to it like a magnet, beats any website or ad.

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