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#11019 - 03/30/13 06:48 AM Kitchen Cabinet Conversion to Tool Cabinet
Locobreath Offline
New in town
Registered: 06/22/10
Posts: 10
Loc: Lexington, KY
This is a steel kitchen sink cabinet that came out of our first house. The house was built in the 1930's and I expect that the cabinet was original to the house. Several years ago, I recycled a wooden top surface from a dormitory desk and started using it as a tool/storage cart. The back was open, since it was intended to be permanently installed against the kitchen wall. At the time I converted it, I didn't have the metalworking tools to install a steel back.

Another shot of the upper part of the cabinet's back side:

The cabinet has a back behind the drawers. I suspect it was designed that way to stabilize the drawer assembly:

Many years ago, I "harvested" a large piece of 18-gauge sheet steel from a dumpster-dived refrigerator door. Given the coppertone paint, I would say it was from the sixties or seventies. This one had fiberglass insulation, but I understand more modern units have foamed insulation. Looking back, I don't think I saved enough money to justify all of the work I went through to salvage this steel, but I did salvage it, and eventually I got tired of moving it around the shop. So, today, I decided to fit up the steel to the cabinet.

I made a template out of posterboard. I used three separate sections and taped them together.

I forgot to take pictures, but I taped the template to the steel, traced the outline with a Sharpie, and cut it out with my Harbor Freight pneumatic cutoff wheel tool. This is the "front", which will be installed to the cabinet interior, since I figured it would be easier to scuff and paint the existing finish inside, and I can easily access the bare steel backside for painting.

Here is the other side, which will become the cabinet's back exterior surface. There is a little surface rust but nothing bad. I cleaned up the edges with a angle grinder and flap wheel.

I then used my HF pneumatic flanger/hole punch to put a lip around the perimeter, which added a bit of stiffness. The holes will be used to rosette-weld the metal to the existing cabinet frame.

I positioned the new piece on the cabinet back and temporarily installed it with a few self-drilling tek
screws and my cordless impact driver. I can't weld the part in until I do some repairs to the bottom of
the cabinet, due to corrosion around the piping area, which will require a complete teardown. The main goal for today was to get the part cut out and fabricated, and now it "stores" itself where it will eventually be permanently.

Poor picture quality (my apologies), but this is the view from the open front doors. As you can see,
the floor needs to be patched anyway, and the lower rear c-section is badly corroded, so I'll have to
figure out how to repair that.

Thanks for looking!

-> Bill in KY
#11028 - 03/30/13 12:04 PM Re: Kitchen Cabinet Conversion to Tool Cabinet [Re: Locobreath]
Doc Offline
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Registered: 02/12/10
Posts: 1204
Loc: Beryl Jnct. SW Utah, Mdl Nowhe... ***
Looks like a fun project. Good place to keep the acetone.
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#11133 - 04/07/13 10:26 AM Re: Kitchen Cabinet Conversion to Tool Cabinet [Re: Doc]
TAP Offline
MBN member
Registered: 05/22/10
Posts: 166
Loc: ND
Very Good use for an old cabinet..

Good Job,

#11136 - 04/07/13 03:53 PM Re: Kitchen Cabinet Conversion to Tool Cabinet [Re: TAP]
JimC Offline
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 613
Loc: Virginia U.S.A.
recycling at it's finest... nice work..
Life is what you make of it. So, why not make a working machine to make it easier.
#11142 - 04/08/13 10:19 AM Re: Kitchen Cabinet Conversion to Tool Cabinet [Re: JimC]
gregtbayon Offline
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Registered: 02/01/13
Posts: 123
Loc: thunder bay, ontario
I love to see things being reused instead of chucked out. I just have to ask in reference to your name - Tull fan?
I may be wrong but I won't be wrong always.
#11150 - 04/08/13 05:40 PM Re: Kitchen Cabinet Conversion to Tool Cabinet [Re: gregtbayon]
Locobreath Offline
New in town
Registered: 06/22/10
Posts: 10
Loc: Lexington, KY
Yes, it is short for Locomotive Breath, a reference to both the Jethro Tull song and my interest in railroads. Back before them Internet, I ran a rail-oriented computer bulletin board system with the same name. When I got my first email address, the full name was already taken with the ISP, so I shortened it and have used it ever since.

Thanks to all for the comments!

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