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DIY Garage Cabinets for Shop Organization

DIY Garage Cabinets for Shop Organization


What’s up guys, I’m Brad Rodriguez from Fix This Build That and today I’m continuing my shop storage overhaul with these DIY garage base cabinets You can mix and match the different storage options and they’re made with a small shop or garage in mind with a small footprint Stay tuned. I’ll show you just how I made them After building my upper cabinets a couple months ago. It was time to make the base cabinets to match I’m using Baltic birch plywood like I do on all of my shop projects because I just love how stable and solid it is Now I’ll be building two cabinets with different storage options in each one I started off by cutting the sides for both cabinets from my 3/4 inch plywood And then I moved to my workbench to mark for the toe kick Now the top kicks are just a simple notch out on each side and it gets the same cut for every piece So I laid out the measurement on one piece and then I flip through the other sides marking the location of the notch on each one I’ve cut these before with a jigsaw but using a fence on a bandsaw is much easier and it’s more repeatable and Once you get that cut set up it can be repeated on all the sides just cutting to the in lines that I marked out earlier To finish the notch. I flip the piece and I adjusted the fence for that second cut line Now this one is even easier is you just cut until that piece releases and there’s your notch Next I went back to the table saw and I cut the parts to connect the sides together Each cabinet will have a full bottom piece two small top supports and two supports on the back. I pulled out my pocket hole jig and I drilled holes in all the connecting pieces for joinery The pocket holes are a great option for shop cabinetry as they’re fast easy and they provide you all the strength that you need To help hold the parts together I’m using the new corner clamps from Craig the sponsor of today’s video The clamps hold the parts squared and it has a little recess that fits right over the pocket hole You can hold everything tight and still drive in the screw without needing to move the clamp I’ll have a link down below in the description of this and all the items They’ll use today along with downloadable plans to make your own cabinets These top supports for the cabinet are going to hold and secure the worktop to the cabinets later and the Supports will be used to attach them to the wall The cabinet I’m working on now is going to have a full-size adjustable shelf above a pullout tray on the bottom and Drilling the holes for the shelf pins is pretty easy using a jig to reference the front and the back of each side. I drilled the holes in the middle section of both sides and then I moved on to making the pullout tray I’m using a hundred and ten degree You’re a peon hinges for the doors and they don’t swing fully out of the way of the sides when open So to keep the trays drawer slides from hitting the doors. I need to install some half inch spacers here. I glued and Brad nailed the shims on each side using a piece of quarter-inch plywood to raise them off the base To finish off the carcass construction I measured and cut a back for the cabinet out of quarter-inch plywood The back can be installed with Brad nails or staples and it’ll help keep the cabinet from shifting out of square I’m installing these cabinets along the side wall of my garage and from one end of the run to the other there’s about an inch drop to deal with so having adjustable feet for these cabinets is a must I cut and attach these blocks with Brad nails and glue to the bottom corners. Where I’ll install leveling feet after the glue dries The next I went back to the table saw to cut the parts for the pullout tray This tray is very basic with just four short sides that are cut to fit in the cabinet with a quarter inch plywood bottom. I didn’t do anything special here for the joinery just glue in Brad nails You can get away with this with Baltic birch since the edges of the plywood have so much long grain in them But if you’re using lesser quality plywood some screws here can really quickly strengthen those connections The bottom is attached with glue and staples which really lock the whole tray together and make it a solid assembly and To hide that plywood bottom from being seen from the front of the sides I used a chamfer bit in my router to bevel it back Now when you’re done you can’t tell the difference between this and a floating bottom panel on a groove and This glued on panel is really strong since basically, it just becomes one piece To mount the pullout tray I used full extension drawer slides I attach the slides to the shims that I installed earlier with small mounting screws pre drilling the holes first then I used that same quarter inch plywood scrap to hold the tray off the bottom and put the tray between the sides a Few screws on each side hold the tray in place. I really love having the slide-out tray like this. It’s a great option So you don’t have to dig for items in the back of a cabinet? With a carcass complete I moved on to the doors for this cabinet I like the clean slab look for my doors And one thing I think is underrated is making sure the grain is going the direction you want and cutting the doors Consecutively from the sheet of plywood for continuous grain. Look this just makes it look so much nicer and Oh, does it soothe my OCD Now next I put the cabinet on its side to position and install the hinges I marked the layout lines for the center of each hinge on the cabinet Then I transfer those marks onto some blue painters tape that I put on the doors so I can reference my hinge drilling jig on I’m using a concealed hinge dig here that makes drilling out these cups pretty foolproof You don’t have to have a jig to get it done but it sure does make it a heck of a lot easier and faster for The cabinet side of the hinges I use the template included in the hinge packaging to mark and drill the holes And with everything in place, the install is pretty easy. I usually install hinge doors to the cabinet Once the cabinet is standing up and I have no idea why I’ve done this in the past Doing it this way on its side is way easier. I repeated the process on the other side and I just needed to install the leveling feet to finish up the cabinet Now here are the pieces that I’m using for the leveling feet It’s just a 5/16 of an inch t9 and a 2 inch carriage bolt. I use the 3/8 of an inch drill bit and marked it with tape to drill deep enough for the full bolt to go into so I’m gonna have a full 2 inches of travel on this leveler After drilling out the hole the t-nut insert gets hammered in and it’s a quick and easy level or foot that you can make on the cheap Now the second cabinet carcass is made exactly the same way as the first until we get to the internal storage and Hey , If you’re new to the channel and you like what you’re seeing Go ahead and subscribe so you don’t miss the rest of my shop build out And this cabinets gonna have a shorter adjustable shelf that will leave room for storage on the doors I clamped a piece of scrap plywood to the front edge and I used it as a reference for that jig, which worked out great And to account for the extra weight of the storage on the doors I went to three hinges on this cabinet versus two I Installed them the same way as before and I just added the extra hinge right there in the middle of the door The cubbies for the doors are really pretty basic as well I’m using 3/4 inch plywood for the bottom and the sides and quarter inch plywood for the front strips. I Cut two different sizes one for glue bottles and one for spray paint And they ended up being 2 and 3/4 of an inch and two and a half inches Which seemed very necessary at the time for a snug fit, but really it just goes to further prove my OCD I mean, come on man. Just make them all two or three quarters of an inch geez I like the look of the cubbies from my wall cabinets so I made these the same way with a rounded corner on the top a Group of sides can all be cut at the same time on the bandsaw by wrapping them together with tape or you could cut them individually with a jigsaw Now just make sure you have your stacks of quarter inch different pieces aligned down to the nearest 64th of an inch After cutting both stacks, I smooth the rough edges on my oscillating belt sander But you could easily do this with an orbital sander as well The cubby bottoms are connected to the sides with pocket screws Then I measured up and made a reference line for the top rail and secured it with Brad nails The lower rail goes on flush with the bottom of the cubby with Brad nails as well Then you have a nice little holder for extra bottles and cans that could go right on the door But before installing them, I wanted to drill the door hardware and put some finish on the cabinets I drilled the holes for the handles with the Craig cabinet hardware jig. And yes I learned from my mistake on the last video and I checked the width between the holes first. I Applied two coats of water-based polyurethane to the cabinet doors and sides for protection against wear and tear When the finish was dry. I removed the doors from the second cabinet and pre-drilled and attached those cubbies now The only thing to keep in mind here is to make sure that they’re mounted far enough away from the edge To make sure they won’t hit the other door when they’re swinging open I sized these so that they could butt up against the hinges and still clear the doors After installing the Cubbies I put the doors back on and then I attach the door hardware Which are these simple modern bar poles that I love? The last part of the build is the top after Ripping the top panel to width from the table saw I brought it to the workbench to cut to length. I Use my circular saw and a key cut guide for the cut here and to make sure that I didn’t get any tear out on The top of the panel I wrap the cut line in blue tape and this gives those wood fibers a little bit of extra support I drilled pocket holes on the underside of the panel to hold the trim tight while the glue dried the trim I’m using here is a 1 by 2 maple and it’s gonna give the top a double thick look without having to fully Double stack the plywood. I Ran a bead of glue on the front trim and I secured it with screws through the panel Leaving the front piece long on both ends Then I glued and butted the side trim against the front and screwed it in place now With the trim locked in place and the glue drying I could cut the overhanging pieces flush for a nice tight Butt joint at the corners. I Used a piece of painters tape here to protect the side trim while I was cutting it flush with the pull saw And I did the same thing on the overhanging side pieces on the back This is an easy way to get a nice looking joint without a lot of fuss Next I cut some long strips from leftover pieces of plywood to fill out the front and back of the underside This will give a solid place to rest on top of the cabinets and to secure it with screws. I Added similar pieces to the sides to finish off the top After I got done with that I flipped the top over and I did some sanding on the top just to make sure all the trim and the plywood was flush and ready for finish I Applied two coats of poly to the top and then I started mounting those cabinets Now the leveling feet worked out great and they got everything aligned and level and I secured the cabinets to the wall Then I added the top and screwed it down from underneath Since I was working with scraps, I ran out of long strips for the toe kick I’ll need to add that later But I’m loving the look of this and the coordination of my upper and base cabinets. Now these extra little storage features Give me some more versatility And since these are only twenty inches deep they’re perfect for a working garage that needs to share space with other stuff like cars If you’re into that kind of thing Hey, you want more Vince? I’ve got a video right there. YouTube says that’s your favorite I think you’re gonna love the shop playlist down there But if you want plans for this build to build your own there’s a link right down below. You can check that out, too If you’re not subscribed to the channel I’d love to have you as part of the team and until next time guys get out there and build something awesome

Comments (100)

  1. You can get the build plans here: https://gum.co/yMiVa
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  2. They're great looking cabinets! Great job!

  3. You can get a special version of European hinges that do swing back behind the edges.

  4. can you make a speaker box

  5. As always, great work Brad!

  6. As always, great work Brad!

  7. Great build! I love your videos. How did you learn woodworking? It wasn't an option back when I was in school.

  8. Great project Brad!

  9. Thanks so much Brad! These are beautiful! The plans for the she shed are out to the contractors for bids. I’ve got troughs designed in the cement floor so the electrical can be ran in the floor and my cords under machines, not on top, or extension cords. When they ask why, I’ve learned to just say women are allowed to change their minds. Truth is, I don’t want to be stuck with a saw, jointer, etc in a place that someone else planned. These will come in really handy! I’m short, all base cabinets will be too lol. So what I need you to do in the next six months or so, is show how to make upper cabinets have a pull out and down hinge….I won’t need a ladder then ;). Please…(almost forgot my manners)

  10. Woah was going to make some of these on payday this is great timing

  11. Enjoyable video and your editing is outstanding.
    I really like the shadow line between the doors and top.
    Can't say I agree with the door cubbies only because it prohibits you from making pull out shelves for that cabinet. You'll have to stand on your head to find those glue bottle jammed in the back…..especially on that top shelf. In my opinion all base cabinets need pull out shelves or better yet, drawers.
    Either way, it sure is a handsome piece of furniture for your shop. Well done.

  12. Nice job again! I need to build and organization cabinet to hold all my junk to have room to build organization in my shop.

  13. Are you sponsored by Kreg? They sure make some nice toys! The corner clamp has been pure joy for me since I got it.

  14. I really like the large slide out tray idea. Nice work!

  15. Nice work my friend!

  16. Hey Brad, Love your videos! That shop playlist is wicked!! Couple of things I did notice in this video. You complain about your OCD but yet talk about using 1/64th as a tolerence, I wish I could be that slack! I have something similiar to OCD. It's called CDO. Just like OCD but the letters are in the correct order and the tolerences are to 1/128th!! Just kidding. Keep up the awesome work. Cheers from Nova Scotia 🙂

  17. Q buen gabinete para guardar cosas ..me gustó mucho el vídeo, saludos de Sinaloa México

  18. I am very new at wood working and I'm trying to learn I would like for a little more detail but great videos

  19. Really nice work – well done! Looks great!

  20. Nice, I recommend using a hex bolt for the legs so you can adjust it with a wrench while the cabinet is in place, loaded up and heavy

  21. Great video! Has anyone told you in your videos you sound like the guy from The King Of Random channel?

  22. I feel you with the OCD!

  23. Great build Brad! I love how I can take some of your methods for streamlining the building process. Like those rounded 3/4” ply you taped together and cut at once, I can totally do that with my corn Hole feet. Right now my process is cutting each individual leg out with a jig saw haha

  24. Just a quick tip on the t-nuts. If you're installing them on softwood such as pine, it's a good idea to add a screw to the outside of the t-nut to keep them from turning or coming loose. I first saw John Heisz and Jay Bates do this.

  25. I regret having those handles in my garage… terrible little pocket grabbers.

  26. The cabinets look great, Brad and love the smaller footprint! Thanks for the video! And the OCD is definitely worth it 😉 I spent most of my woodworking time last year building a shed in our backyard to make more room in the shop (garage) and CANNOT WAIT to start building some cabinets, tool carts, and other storage. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  27. Were you really diagnosed with ocd or are you just saying that?

  28. Good stuff! I need to get started with mine!

  29. Nice work Brad, love watching your shop organization projects. 2019 the year of shop organization!

  30. Came out great dude!

  31. What kind of wood is best and where to buy

  32. Hi Brad a new to your channel and I love it I'm also a rigid man I just bought a house and thinking about using either are compressed rigid or battery but looking at with you guys and how easy it is I think I'm going to go with an air compressor system keep up the good work I hope you got a lot more good stuff coming out I'm definitely going to put your plans to work and my new home.

  33. Great work brad, already commented on Instagram but I love how you make these projects seem so approachable and you give some really great tips along the way. Some people may not like pocket holes but they can apply more advanced joinery methods to this project if they like and tailor it to suit their preferences.

  34. One more thing… one thing I've struggled with is that I find the spacing of drawer slides to be very critical. I'd love if you could do a video about getting the exact sizing correct so that your drawer is not too loose or too tight so it slides nicely.

  35. Should have used the Kreg diy cabinet making jig, would've been much easier

  36. Now i wanna go down to the home reuse recycling center and buy some old kitchen cabinets and build a super work bench in my basement workshop.

  37. Another great video, and a nice functional yet aesthetically pleasing design. I know you used leftovers, but for people needing to buy materials it would be helpful to throw in a ballpark materials costs per build. Great work!

  38. I’m so sorry to be that guy but… OCD is a serious, debilitating, and sometimes life-threatening condition and the jokey mention of it kind of bummed me out.

  39. When you say that this can be made with 2 sheets of 3/4 baltic birch is that 5×5 sheets or 4×8? 5×5 BB sheets are much more common around here.

  40. wish plywood were a bit cheaper here.

  41. Beautiful looking cabinets…

  42. Absolutely love it, excellent video

  43. Awesome video!! I have a question did you buy or make your assembly table?

  44. If you haven't added the toe kicks yet, could be added storage with drawers placed there instead.

  45. Well being a builder like yourself, only makes sense why you have OCD. But I gotta say it's the extra detail that you do that makes your work different from everyone else's 👌

  46. Great build Brad. Where do you buy your Baltic Birch plywood? Keep up the good work?

  47. Thats. Cool. I. Need. That. For. My. Lake. Home

  48. I love your band saw. On my first home I wanted to redo the kitchen. The only things decent were its cabinet’s doors. I had a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage home with a horrible layout of everything. Don’t understand builders. So to make a long story short, I redesigned the layout of my kitchen and took the next 6 months, yes 6 months, just to cut it using only a track and jig saw. I use an old picnic table that was left in the back yard to rot. It was flat enough and I could saw right through it, which I did, a lot! Then I Kregged it together, Having the cabinets 95% ready to go and the kitchen basically ready to receive them it took only 2 days to carefully swap out the cabinets before the queen was at the helm, cooking “my” dinner. Having said all that, guess where the old kitchen cabinets go? Mounted to the walls in the garage…

  49. How much time did you spent to build your project?

  50. hey brad, what tooth count blade do you use for your miter saw to cut general wood (1 by, 2 by, 4 by material) and for plywood? or any tips/recommendations I should know? thanks.

  51. Another great project / video!  I could really use a few of these cabinets in my garage.  Your projects are exceptional and appreciate you sharing your plans.  Have to add these to my garage shop!

  52. Just subscribed after watching a few of your videos. You have some really great ideas. Keep up the good work.

  53. Ummm, come do mine please?

  54. Your channel is one of my favorite wood working channels. Very professional and easy to follow. Where do you buy baltic birch plywood? Is it somewhere local, or can you get it at Home Depot or Lowes?

  55. Those cabinets are awesome! Really loving the clean birch look to them and all the additional storage options!

  56. Wow! Those cabinets look really nice. I love the pullout tray and the storage on the doors.
    I was actually going to use a T-nut for a project and was going to search some videos showing how to install them, and you showed that here in this video. Thanks. Now I know how to use them. 🙂

  57. I love this mainly because I love engineering, architecture, and construction stuff. I want to be architect when I grow up but still want the manual work of engineering. I also love having things organized and equally set up

  58. Can't help but to subscribe

  59. Needing to do something like this. Might be buying the plans but wondering how many sheets of plywood did you use.

  60. Excellent video Brad, thank you! Your shop looks great!

  61. Subbed and turned notifications on. Keep the cool projects coming bud.

  62. Hi 😇🤩😔😭😐 I am6

  63. Your cooking lid idea was so good, im actually watching all your ads, even if they are 3 in a row of 1 min long ads 😐

  64. I couldn’t stop laughing when you said “O does that soothe my OCD”

  65. How much it cost in terms of materials per cabinet ?

  66. Your crazy Man but i like it your works. Sorry i dont speak english im P.R juan Carlos👍

  67. Hi Brad! Great content! Question, which should be the overlay on the doors?, if I making 3 cabinetes similar to this, they're framless.

  68. I just got that Accu Cut from KREG and that thing works pretty good. I cant afford a $500 track saw so that was a good option.

  69. Just bought the plans. This will be my late spring/early summer project. What is that flooring you have down?

  70. Is it just me, or do all the best wood working creators on YouTube have a SawStop? 😉

  71. Luv the look of tho's cabinets, great job brad 👍

  72. hey brad that is cool.

  73. Nice simple way to make leveling feet. Thanks for the tip.

  74. Great build! Is that a wipe on poly?

  75. Great job! I would love to make these for a under patio storage cabinet. Would love the plans.

  76. Nicely done. You have an awesome workshop my man 🤙🏽😎

  77. I love your videos 👍🏻

  78. me and my dad watch ed this video while eating carrots and ranch

  79. Why do you guys keep building toe kicks on garage cabinets? It is material inefficient, and harder to get leveled.

    Make the side panels three inches shorter, and make the bottom, even with the bottom of the side.

    Then make a frame out of 2X4s, or even 3/4-inch plywood, with leveling feet. You put it where the cabinet will go, and level it up. Then place the cabinets on it, and your done.

    No notch to cut, no wasted plywood.

  80. I bought these plans and want to let everyone know how excellent they are! Very accurate and simple to follow. The cabinets were very easy to assemble. Had I not had several projects going at once, I would have finished these in a couple of days. If anyone is considering these as on option, you won't regret it! I was originally going to stay with only the lower cabinets, but now am going to purchase the plans for the uppers as well!

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  82. My favorite DIY channel!

  83. what size of screws you use for the pockethole joinery?

  84. Very impressed. You do outstanding work. Keep it up, you are giving me motivation

  85. Brad, this looks awesome! I'm not sure if you still reply to comments on your old videos, but do you think it is necessary for these small footprint cabinets to be mounted to the wall? I'm renting and the walls in my garage are brick. I don't think it would fly with my landlord drilling into his brick walls.

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