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Modular Shop Cabinets Council Bluffs IA

A standard kitchen has a 36-in.-high countertop with 16 in. clearance between it and 30-in.-tall upper cabinets. Because we raised the worktop height to 39 in. to be more comfortable for woodworking, we shortened the upper cabinets to 24 in. to keep their top shelves within reach.

The Home Depot
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Council Bluffs, IA
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Council Bluffs, IA
 
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Modular Shop Cabinets

Modular Shop Cabinets

Euro-style construction makes them easy to build, easy to customize.

by Bruce Kieffer

In days gone by, apprentice cabinetmakers used to build their own tool chests. The chests were often works of art that both displayed the owner’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.

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. overtravel 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.

Simple Modular Construction

Modular construction allows one person to build and install this entire 6-ft. run of cabinets. These shop cabinets begin as a series of 2-ft.-wide modules or boxes that screw together. Simply add or subtract boxes for a cabinet run that suits your needs. Because all the boxes are the same width, making the doors and drawers is greatly simplified. 

End panels cover the exposed sides of the boxes on the ends of a run. The end panels are extra deep, providing room to scribe the back edge to fit an uneven wall.

You can adjust the 39-in. worktop height by altering the base platform’s height. 

A standard kitchen has a 36-in.-high countertop with 16 in. clearance between it and 30-in.-tall upper cabinets. Because we raised the worktop height to 39 in. to be more comfortable for woodworking, we shortened the upper cabinets to 24 in. to keep their top shelves within reach. 

The self-closing door hinges open 120 degrees and adjust in all directions. Pneumatic door-closing cushions work like magic to softly  close the doors without a bang. Nothing is too good for these shop cabinets.

Build the Boxes

1. Cut all the upper and lower cabinet box parts (A through J). Apply birch iron-on edge tape to all the front edges (Photo 1). Note: Do not ease the taped edges before assembly or the joints between the shelves and the sides won’t look tight.

2. Cut the shelf standard grooves  in the two upper cabinets with doors.

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