Workshop base cabinets

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  • 16 Jun 2017 12:10 PM
    Message # 4903925

    Hi Rob

    Why don't you make all of the storage either drawers or pull out shelves on full extension slides so that everything can be accessed from above, you could still put doors on to keep it dust free.

    I have done this in my kitchen and it is one of the best features.

    Also Rob if you run the cabinets straight into the corner you can get more usable space with another bank of drawers since the return on the corner is only 16" or so. You may not be able to get full extension pullout because of the pillar drill but it would be at least 16"


    Last modified: 16 Jun 2017 1:33 PM | Anonymous member
  • 16 Jun 2017 11:39 PM
    Reply # 4904670 on 4903925

    George I agree with you whole hearted, we have deep draws in our kitchen and they would be great for power tools less trouble then reaching inside a cupboard to pull out a power tool


  • 17 Jun 2017 10:10 AM
    Reply # 4904994 on 4903925
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    Hi George, I love drawers!  That said, there will be 12 in this short section and I dont mind doors if they are suited to the storage of large bulky items like routers and drills.  Its when you have a lot of small stuff that tends to get stacked deep and is a pain to sort through.  


  • 22 Jun 2017 4:48 PM
    Reply # 4913188 on 4903925

    Rob I think he is talking about Pull out shelves. I have seen them and they look really convenient. Its basically a box small enough to house the draw slides. That way when you want something in the back of the cabinet you pull out the shelf instead of bending down and reaching for it.



  • 23 Jun 2017 4:05 AM
    Reply # 4913810 on 4903925

    Ivy, pull out shelves are exactly what I was suggesting,  they make better use of the space if planned and are less demanding on the back muscles. If you put on doors to protect against dust, the shelf width is reduced slightly but the compromise is worth it.


  • 25 Jun 2017 9:48 PM
    Reply # 4917247 on 4903925

    We did our kitchen with only drawers and pull-out shelves in the base cabinets. All of the pull-out shelves are behind doors, just like any shelf would be. We love the result.  I will never do base cabinets with fixed shelves again. I think that full extension or over-extension drawer slide hardware is critical to getting these to work best.

    Rich Scott

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  • 07 Jul 2017 6:45 PM
    Reply # 4937820 on 4903925

    I hope I don't get in trouble here....  I wasn't sure how or where to put my question.  I would like to build the entire tool cabinet top and bottom, pretty much the way it appears on Rob's videos.  I see there are 144 episodes under "Tool Cabinet Mockup"dated from April 18,2014 to 3/16/16.  They appear to be a "temporary" mockup to see what works, etc.  I have looked at a lot of the videos fully band scanned over many of the others.

    Then there is "Tool Cabinet" episodes 1 to 39 from 3/10/17 to 6/12/17 which appear to be the finished product of upper tool cabinet.

    Then "base cabinet" episodes 1 to 10 dated 6/14/17 to 7/5/17 which are the bottom cabinets and are on going, not done yet etc.  A "big" change from mock-up appears to be the middle section is shallower drawers - looks like 7 in each of 2 stacks.  The mock-up had, I think, two shallow and 2 deeper drawers or something....

    So, where would I start?  Thanks, Paul Glanville

  • 07 Jul 2017 6:56 PM
    Reply # 4937827 on 4903925

    I want to reply to comment above - I think full extension on drawers is the best way to go.  And doors in front is fine but if you do that make sure you can open the drawer when door is onlu open to 90 degrees.  I built a beautiful tool cabinet with incredible drawers and doors, but the doors have to be totally open too a full 180 degrees before you can pull a drawer out.  a big hassle at times.....


  • 08 Jul 2017 3:16 AM
    Reply # 4938160 on 4903925

    Hi Paul

    The base cabinet are not part of the tool cabinet build, you should watch 144 episodes of "Tool Cabinet Mockup" followed by the 39 episodes under "Tool Cabinet". I assume the remainder of the final build of the tool cabinet will follow the Base Cabinet.

    Happy viewing.


  • 08 Jul 2017 10:49 AM
    Reply # 4938437 on 4903925

    Thank you.  I sort of figured that.  The videos are great, with incredible learning/ teaching.  Paul

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