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1307 days ago

$75 for three oak cabinets – CraigsList
$35 for a sheet of 3/4” MDF – Depot

+ sweat equity =

I pushed the cabinets all the way together, after the picture was taken. Decided it looked better.

Thanks for stopping by :-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 1307 days ago

Nice looking shop, Neil.
Looks like you scored with those cabinets.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 1307 days ago

A clean shop is the sign of a sick mind… Just kidding. Good score and nice looking shop! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 1307 days ago

Neat looking shop, Neil. Good score on those cabinets, Neil.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 1307 days ago

You do have a nice shop. And I like how you edged the mdf. How did you do it? And what do you mean by equity….i guess i may be a bit dull in this reguard.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 1307 days ago

Good job Neil.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#6 posted 1307 days ago

It’s a good thing you got rid two gaps in the new cabinets. Other wise I would have had to lower the number of atta boys by two. ATTA BOY Neil. lol
Your shop is really coming together nicely. I really like what you are doing down there. Rand

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#7 posted 1307 days ago

Thanks, All.

I like the fact that … the 8’ MDF “proves” that I’ll have plenty of room for long boards, on the RAS.

Rand: I replaced the first picture. WORLD of difference, huh ? ;-)

Spunwood: I’m grateful for not-very-detailed photography. The edges on the MDF are just the factory edges. The uncut edge looks exactly like the cut edge ;-) At some point, I’ll glue the two 3/4” sheets together, and fasten them to the cabinets. At that point, I’ll likely edge band it, or put up a hardwood edge. For now, I’m just using it as it is.

“Sweat equity” is an interesting term. Wikipedia defines it as:

”Sweat equity is a term used to describe the contribution made to a project by people who contribute their time and effort. It can be contrasted with financial equity which is the money contributed towards the project.”

And …. Jack1: if my SHOP isn’t clean, then the UPSTAIRS of our house isn’t clean. And … since I’m pretty much the housekeeper on BOTH levels … I put a fair bit of time into prevention :-)

I’m moving in….

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 1307 days ago

BBBIIIGGG difference. And I like all the room. If you keep messing around like this, pretty soon you are going to have the nicest shop in LJ or at the least one of the nicest. Way to go, Neil.

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#9 posted 1307 days ago

Nice find Neil.. so would that be swequity?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 1307 days ago

Neil, you need to clean that shop…..what a mess…...LOL

Great find! Always great to have more storage….. It seems that I never have enough (like clamps) is the ever present spiral…I get more tools…need more space to store them….make more shelves/cabinets (need more tools to make the cabinets/shelves)...need more space for the tools….etc…etc….you get the pic…..Be glad you took up woodworking…at least making the storage is DIY….J/K…Truthfully, though, those cabinets really fit the spot.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 1307 days ago

Love that storage… A long time ago I got seriously OCD about my handheld power tools. They each have their own case, either blow molded, or a ballistics nylon tool bag. Those loose power cords drive me insane. Short trip as it is….

Have you thought about laying those out as a miter station maybe?

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#12 posted 1307 days ago

Well done Neil. A great way to use some good cabinets. I got my son’s old oak kitchen when he remodeled and I’ve used it in my shop in a very similar way you have.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 1307 days ago

Those cabinets seem to just fit in there. Nice score.

Good looking bench in the middle of the room too. Did you build it yourself?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 1307 days ago

I didn´t knew you were a monster-dinasaur -keeper Neil…..LOL

(look at the first picture Ras with a toolbelt)

nice score :-) remember when people moving in there is a housewarming party tooo…

have a great weekend Neil


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#15 posted 1307 days ago

VERY nice place to put that beautiful old RAS. Looks like it cleaned up good. Tho, it looked nice when you first posted it.
Are you going to add boxes, or other types of supports either side of the RAS? Another place for drawers????
Good scores, BTW.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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