Workshop Cabinets


As I get older, I have more of a desire to get more organized.  I think it's partially because I can't remember where I put stuff!  I like the size of the garage at our current house, but didn't like the original open shelving.  Can't hide stuff, so the shop always looked a little messy, even with stuff put away.

I got the cabinet idea from the Kreg Jig website.  I modified their design slightly to better suit my needs.  I did leave the lower portion of each box open when the cabinet doors are closed.  This way battery chargers could be placed in each of the lower boxes, and get proper air circulation for cooling.


The open shelves above the workbench were always cluttered.  Time for some cabinets I can close.

Picked up some nice birch plywood from home depot.

It was rough cut with a circular saw.  4'x8'x3/4" plywood is too heavy to wrestle onto the table saw.  I usually cut it within 1/2" of the final dimension, then run it through the tablesaw.

The portable Ridgid 10" tablesaw is not only handy, it makes accurate, repeatable pieces.

With all the pieces cut, it was time to start drilling the many holes with the Kreg Jig.

Might have gone overboard on the number of holes, but doesn't matter.  They don't show when done, and will make for very strong boxes.

First box almost done.

A stretcher board goes in the back.  Helps strengthen the box, plus add a place to drill & mount it to the wall.

All three boxes complete.

The original shelving taken down.  A ledger board was attached to the wall, and screwed into the wall studs.

One big issue.  The garage door rail is right where a cabinet door will be.  But notice where the door actually stops.  A lot of track can be removed.

First step was to move the door hanger away from where the cabinets will reside.  It was screwed into the ceiling joists.

Using a cordless grinder, equipped with a cut-off wheel, the excess track was sliced off.

To make sure the door could never run off the shortened track, I added a bolt, and double nutted it to make a positive stop.

Now a cabinet door can fully open without hitting the rail.

The doors were a simple frame, with a piece of hardboard as an insert.

The shelves inside are adjustable.  The door on the right is just touching the garage door rail.

I went with LED lighting under the cabinet.  This was purchased from Amazon, for about $10 for a 16' roll.  The roll was cut into 3 equal length strips, and attached to plastic strips.  The roll has an adhesive strip that sticks well to the plastic.

A decent amount of lighting from the 12V LEDs.  These will eventually be solar powered.

Cabinets are done.


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