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Bill Neff
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Laying out new shop
Nov 29th, 2015 at 8:42pm
 
I'm now ready to get started on my new shop.  It will be about 9 ft x 25 in the back part of the garage.  I'm going to go with unfinished oak kitchen cabinets.  I thought I'd finish them with Danish oil, but the wife doesn't like that idea and said polyurethane.   

I'm trying to decide for the lower cabinets how many drawers vs cupboard style.  I know one section will be cabinets with one drawer above the doors.  Any suggestions?    Thanks pictures will be posted when done.
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Re: Laying out new shop
Reply #1 - Nov 29th, 2015 at 8:56pm
 
   I like drawers of custom sizes.  I don't like unloading a cabinet to get something in the back. It's also easier than getting down and up with my mechanical knees.  If you go with drawers consider foam or dividers for individual items.  You lose some storage area but things can't hide underneath so easily.   
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Re: Laying out new shop
Reply #2 - Nov 30th, 2015 at 12:42am
 
You could consider using drawer slides onthe shelves behind the doors. My wife complained about the kitchen cupboards being hard to use effectively as so much stuff gets pushed to the back. We upgraded to drawer hardware in place of shelves and wow they work GREAT in the kitchen. 

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Re: Laying out new shop
Reply #3 - Nov 30th, 2015 at 8:28am
 
Plus 1 X 2 on the above suggestions. Mechanical slides and drawers-drawers-drawers.
In my shop I did exactly like Bert mentions. I made a shallow drawer, about 2 to 2-1/2" deep, so that tools etc., don't fall off. My drawers are adjustable up or down if needed. I have, I believe, 18 of these drawers, and I am still short of storage space. Wink
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Re: Laying out new shop
Reply #4 - Dec 1st, 2015 at 10:33pm
 
Remember if you do lower cabinets you are going to lose a 3' X 25' hunk of space.  You will now have a 6 X 25 shop.  Upper cabinets a great idea, lower not so much.  A 6' work bench on the wall with shelves or drawers is a good idea.  I presume everything will be on wheels so you can drag stuff out into the middle of the garage for projects.  Facing the wall I would suggest you put the lathe in the left corner out about 3' from the wall with a shower curtain around it to contain the chips/dust.  A good dust collector to be used when you sand is also a good idea.  Would help with suggestions if you posted a sketch.
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Re: Laying out new shop
Reply #5 - Dec 3rd, 2015 at 9:51am
 
Thanks for the ideas guys!  I hadn't thought about the shelves on pull out.  The wife's kitchen has them & I think they're great.   

I hadn't planned on putting cabinets the whole wall.   

I'd love to put the lathe in the left corner but the gas heater hangs up there.

I'll see if I can get a sketch posted.  The scanner is still packed away.
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