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Offline koenbro

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Utility cabinet build
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:41 AM »
My garage is a mess and I decided to build a utility cabinet that will pick up stuff off the floor and build upward (a necessity in my one-car workspace). It  will include a trash- and recycle bin, my Ridgid shop vac (and accessories), room for a few Bosch drawers and Systainers and a Festool toolbox. On top will have a flexible compartment for Home Depot Sterilite 28 and 56 gal bins. The back of the mid-portion will have shallow drawers for cleaning chemicals. A broom and dustpan will be attached to the side walls. 


The cabinet will be 5' high by 3' wide by 2' deep, so it can be built from one sheet of plywood. The shelves and separators will come from scrap.

I am looking for suggestions on how to finish it. Want something simple that will withstand occasional spills. Thinking of spraying Benjamin Moore Advance on the outside (leftover form a kitchen project from last year) and applying wax with Vliess pads for the shelves. Any advice is appreciated.
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Offline JohnnyEgo

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Re: Utility cabinet build
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2018, 06:31 PM »
For garage furniture, I am a fan of black paint in general, and Rustoleum's oil-based enamel in specific.  Goes on thick, pretty durable, and best of all, it's the exact same color as dried black Sharpie, which means I can touch it up pretty easily as it wears.  My garage utility shelves have survived two kids and a wife who believe every flat surface is a great place to set a half-consumed cold drink.  The oil-based enamel has shrugged it off pretty well.




Offline ktb153

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Re: Utility cabinet build
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2018, 07:43 PM »
I'm sure it's not popular opinion here but I'm actually a fan of melamine cabinets for a shop, I even made mine out of exotic cherry melamine. I have a shop and make a living off woodworking so when it comes to shop cabinets I just want fast and functional. Frameless construction some edge banding and call it a day, no finishing and melamine is surprisingly durable. They've held up for about 5 years now and still look good. $25 a sheet and another $20 for 600' roll of edge banding. Fast construction, cheap materials and durable finish. A woodworker may shun melamine but I got some pretty cool sheets of textured hpl (little pricier at $35/sheet) and made tons of garage cabinets for my house and everybody that sees them compliments them lol. If you're set on wood and I think you said you have the ability to spray I would just spray like 5 or 6 coats of some water based poly, not sure how paint would hold up sliding things on and off after a while