Super-Easy Workshop Cabinets

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Frameless construction makes these base and wall units simple to build and customize.

Designer: Ben Svec
Builders: Tim Birkeland and Gary Carter

Like kitchens, a good home workshop requires plenty of cabinet and counter space. Shop cabinets not only help keep you organized, but also keep tools, accessories, and supplies safe and dust-free until needed.Ideally, workshop cabinets must be rugged, adaptable, and not complicated (or expensive) to build. Of course, it’s nice if they also look good, since their appearance sets the tone for what goes on in the shop. If you like these priorities, you’ll love the cabinets featured here. They’re designed to give you a wide range of choices in terms of materials, countertops, and configurations. Whether you elect to build your cabinets from MDF, melamine-coated particleboard (MCP), or  hardwood plywood (we used birch), the step-by-step techniques shown on the following pages remain the same. Be sure to review “Woodsense: Choosing Sheet Goods,” on page 66. A little knowledge about choosing and processing plywood, MDF, and other panel products will go a long way when you start building cabinets.  

How many cabinets do you need, and what’s the best combination of base and wall cabinets? Our special workshop planner (see page 64) will help you arrange the major machines and work stations in your shop and locate your cabinets.

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