How to Build Metal Desktop Workshop Cabinets

What You'll Need
Old filing cabinets
Precut sheets of metal
Safety goggles

Your workshop cabinets are like the skeleton of your workshop: they keep all the important stuff in the right place so that you can go about your business in the most efficient way possible. If you want to make your own desktop workshop cabinets, wood is a cheap and easy option; unfortunately, wood can also let humidity in, causing your tools to rust, and is prone to attack by insects and rodents. For ultimate security and durability, metal is a great material for workshop cabinets, especially if you’re storing weighty things. To learn how to build your own metal desktop workshop cabinets, just follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1 – Empty Old Filing Cabinets

It would be a time consuming and laborious task that requires great skill with the welder to create a complete metal organizing system completely out of metal on your own. It might be a good idea to co-op something that’s already been made and use it for your purposes. Old office filing cabinets can work great in this instance. Simply remove the drawers, and you have 2 to 4 cubby holes per unit that can be subdivided into areas for each type of tool. If your goal is to create desktop metal workshop cabinets, this is the ideal option, since you can simply lay a board of wood on top of 2 filing cabinet units to create your desk, and your tools will all be right there underneath.

Step 2 – Create the Cubbyholes

This step will require some welding, which is only advised for the more advanced do-it-yourselfer. Remember to wear gloves and safety goggles, and keep children or pets out of your workspace. In order to accomplish this step, you’ll need some metal sheets that have been pre-cut to your size specifications (you can order these from a local hardware store). Using your welder, weld the sheets into the old filing cabinet perpendicular to each other, so that they create 4 separate walled in compartments where you will be able to keep your tools.

Step 3 – Add Doors

Install doors on the front face of the new workshop cabinets to keep your items protected. Use a drill to install hinges on one side of the cabinet frame. One attractive idea for this step is to use glass panes as the doors, so that you can always take a peek inside the workshop cabinets and know which tools are where before you even start searching.

Step 4 – Add a Lock

If your workshop is in an area that gets a lot of foot traffic or is open to people you don’t know, safety of your tools may be a concern. In this case, you may want to install a lock on the doors for your peace of mind.