Modular Shop Cabinets Emporia KS
Overland Park, KS
Strong City, KS
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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. ...