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Shop cabinet

I am running out of room in my shop. I need to build a couple of large cabinets for St. Josephs, but I don’t have any floor space. So I am going to take come of the scrap strips of maple from Rob’s end tables, and some plywood left over from the altar, and build a quick shop cabinet. This will give me a place to store my sprayer and a few other things that I want to keep off of the floor, and free of dust.

Laying out the frames

Laying out the frames

I have a lot of scrap hard maple in 1″ to 2″ wide pieces. I pick through them and select a couple of 2′ and 4′ long pieces. I ripped them down and cut them to length on the miter saw.

Drilling the pocket holes

Drilling the pocket holes

I drilled picket holes in most of the boards, then assembled them.

Assembling the frames

Assembling the frames

I started by making the back and side panels, then attaching them together with pocket hole screws.

Attaching the frames

Attaching the frames

I use the pocket holes to hold everything tight and square. I really don’t intend to ever pull this cabinet apart, so I glue and nail a few support strips along the sides to support the bottom.

Adding support rails

Adding support rails

 

Ripping the top and bottom

Ripping the top and bottom

I ripped down a piece of 1/2″ wide birch plywood, and cut two pieces from it. The top and the bottom. I notched the rear corners of the bottom to avoid the frame.

Notching the corners

Notching the corners

The top and bottom panels were attached with brad nails.

Attaching the bottom

Attaching the bottom

I had some 3/4″ plywood left over as well, so that got cut down for the sides.

Attaching the sides

Attaching the sides

 

Building the face frame

Building the face frame

With the basic box built, I used more scrap maple to create the face frame for the front of the cabinet.

Applying glue

Applying glue

This was also glued and nailed in place.

Attaching the face

Attaching the face

I attached a support strip to the front frame below the top and bottom panels.

Adding support rails to the top and bottom

Adding support rails to the top and bottom

 

Pre-drilling the mounting holes

Pre-drilling the mounting holes

I measured the locations of the studs in my wall, then marked and pre-drilled counter-sunk through holes to use as mounting holes.

Checking for level

Checking for level

I set the first screw on the top strip, and rotated the cabinet until it was level. Then I screwed in the other seven screws.

Loaded up and ready for doors

Loaded up and ready for doors

At some later date, I will add doors to keep the dust out, but for now, this will keep some of my stuff off of the floor, and out of the way.

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