Mobile Storage Cabinet

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Introduction: Mobile Storage Cabinet

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In this Instructable I'll show you how to make a mobile storage cabinet with vertical sliding panels and drawers. I use it for my table saw accessories, but you could use it for all kinds of storage. The assembly goes quickly with easy joinery and the whole thing is made from just 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood and 1 sheet of 1/4". Hope you enjoy the project!

Be sure to watch the video above, and if you like it please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

You can also see a more detailed blog post where full PDF plans are available at http://fixthisbuildthat.com/table-saw-cabinet-diy-storage-plans/

Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials

Here are the tools and materials I used for this project. I've provided affiliate links for your convenience.

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Materials/Supplies

Step 2: Build the Carcass

The carcass of the cabinet is made from 3/4" plywood sheets. I cut them down to size for my table saw height then prepped for joinery.

I used pocket hole joinery to connect the panels and drilled holes in the top and bottom panels.

I connected the parts with 1-1/4" screws.

Step 3: Build and Mount Vertical Sliding Panels

There are two vertical sliding panels on the cabinet on either side. I used full extension drawer slides for the build and mounted them to some vertical dividers on the left.

I installed the vertical divider assembly in the left side of the cabinet with pocket screws. Then I put the mating side of the drawer slides on a panel that will ride in the narrow opening.

I repeated the process on the right side of the cabinet but screwed the drawer slides right to the cabinet.

On that side I installed two vertical dividers spaced the same distance from the side as the other dividers.

Step 4: Build Drawers for the Cabinet

I built 5 drawers in total for the cabinet. I used a large base drawer, a slightly smaller drawer above that, and 3 smaller drawers on top.

The variety of drawer sizes plus the sliding panels give me a lot of storage options.

The drawers are made with pocket holes on the fronts and back and then glued and clamped together.

The bottoms of the drawers are 1/4" plywood brad nailed and glued on. I chamfered the bottom edges of the drawers to hide the plywood panel.

Step 5: Install Slides and Drawers

To install the drawer slides for the 5 drawers I used some 3/4" plywood spacers. The bottom two drawers are spaced the same distance and the top 3 are spaced with a smaller gap.

I used clamps to hold everything in place and screwed the slides to the cabinet with 5/8" screws.

I installed the drawers using a 1/4" gap on the bottom drawer from a scrap of 1/4" plywood. I pulled the slides out and attached them to the drawers in place.

For the next 4 drawers I used the same process but used a 3/4" piece of plywood to space the drawer from the one below it.

Step 6: Add Drawer Fronts

I made false drawer fronts for all the drawers and vertical sliding panels.

I attached the false fronts using oversized holes in the drawers and screwed them in from inside.

For the sliding panels I attached a piece of blocking to each one with pocket screws. Then I attached a false front to each panel using the same method.

All drawer fornts are spaced 1/8" from each other.

Step 7: Attach Hardware, Back, and Wheels

I finished up the cabinet with drawer pulls. Each pull was spaced and place using a cabinet hardware jig.

I attached a full 3/4" back panel to the cabinet which squares everything up and keeps it from racking.

I used 3" casters on the base of the cabinet for mobility around the shop.

Step 8: Make Mounting Cleats

I laid out some custom mounting cleats on the sliding panels to hold my most used items.

The pegs were 5/8" and mounted to some scrap plywood to hold the blades and wrenches. I traced and cut out cleats for the pushsticks as well.

Step 9: Load Up Cabinet and Enjoy

I loaded up the cabinet with my jigs, blades and accessories and it still has plenty of room left.

This is a great project to tame your workshop! Hope you enjoyed the project.

If you liked it please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

You can also see a more detailed blog post where full PDF plans are available at http://fixthisbuildthat.com/table-saw-cabinet-diy-storage-plans/

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    roley1

    6 months ago

    awesome design and build, has my vote. also love the push-stick

    I had to vote you! You are incredibly organised and tidy. Your workshop is fantastic! I love the instructable, the idea and the end product but, unfortunately, I could never be so organised even if I tried. I would love to have a go at making the cabinet though one day! Thanks for sharing!!

    Beautiful thank you.