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Modular Shop Cabinets Ames IA

These modular shop cabinets function in much the same way. Designed for ample storage, they also form a stunning piece of cabinetry. Make no mistake, though; these cabinets are firmly rooted in modern cabinet making techniques.

Fastenal- Ames
515-232-4768
2228 SE 5th Street Ames, IA, 50010
Ames, IA
 
LOWE'S OF AMES, IOWA
515 233-0404
120 AIRPORT RD. AMES, IA, 50010
Ames, IA
 
Kmart 3971 / Cross Merch
(515) 232-7554
1405 Buckeye Ave
Ames, IA
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
Store Features
Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21

True Value
(515) 733-4061
614-616 Broad St
Story City, IA
 
True Value
(800) 642-7392
614 Broad St
Story City, IA

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O'Donnell Ace Hardware
(515) 232-1791
615 24th St
Ames, IA
 
Lowe's
(515) 233-0404
120 Airport Rd.
Ames, IA
Hours
M-SA 6:30 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Nevada Ace Hardware
(515) 382-2184
123 Lincoln Hwy
Nevada, IA
 
Boone Ace Hardware
(515) 432-3543
1735 S East Marshall
Boone, IA
 
The Home Depot
(319)294-0480
4501 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

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Modular Shop Cabinets

Modular Shop Cabinets



In days gone by, apprentice cabinetmakers used to build their own tool chests. The chests were often works of art that both displayed theowner's level of craftsmanship and provided practical storage for tools. These modular shop cabinets function in much the same way. Designed for ample storage, they also form a stunning piece of cabinetry. Make no mistake, though; these cabinets are firmly rooted in modern cabinetmaking techniques. They're built using the same modular construction system today's professionals prefer. After you've warmed up on these shop cabinets, you'll be ready to tackle making a whole kitchen full using the same technique.

These cabinets are built with box or modular construction: All the units are simply 2-ft.-wide butt-joined boxes. Because  the boxes are all the same width, the drawers and doors are, too. This stream lines machining and assembly. Each box or cabinet is installed one at a time, allowing one person to build and install a run of cabinets of almost any length.

Project Requirements at a Glance
Material:
30 bd. ft. of 4/4 birch
5 bd. ft. of 5/4 cherry
Five sheets of 3/4-in. x 4-ft. x 8-ft. birch plywood
One sheet of 1/2-in. x 4-ft. x 8-ft. birch plywood
Three sheets of 1/4-in. x 4-ft. x 8-ft. birch plywood
Three sheets of 1/2-in. x 5-ft. x 5-ft. Baltic birch plywood
One sheet of 3/4-in. x 49-in. x 97-in. MDF
Two quarts of oil finish or varnish

Tools:

Edge-tape trimming tools, clothes iron, table saw with dado blade, router and router table, bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, finish sander, 18-gauge nail gun, 35-mm drill bit and level Hardware: 15 pairs of drawer slides, eight Euro/cup hinges, four pneumatic door-closing cushions, two 24-in. under-cabinet lights Total Cost: $1,100 for a6-ft. run

Extra Features

These are “dream” shop cabinets, and to keep the dream alive, I've jammed them full of extra features:
- Fifteen full-extension drawers with 1-in. over travel and a self-closing feature that takes over when the drawer is nearly closed(a welcome feature when you have your hands full).
- Angled shelves that put frequently used tools right at your fingertips.
- Shop-made handles that double as label holders.
- A worktop shelf that works like an elevated tool tray.
- A durable worktop that overhangs the lower cabinets to allow clamping to the surface.



PHOTO 1:

All the visible cabinet edges are covered with iron-on edge tape, which goes on fast and looks great. Trim the tape with a double-sided edge trimmer. Cut the tape ends flush to the plywood prior to trimming.

PHOTO 2:
Cut grooves in the upper cabinet sides to house the metal shelf supports. When installed, the standards stand proud of the grooves by about 1/16 in.



PHOTO 3:

Assemble the boxes using a support tube to hold the top and bottom steady. The support tube for the upper cabinets is just an 8 x 8 x22-in. ...

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