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Cheap or Cheat? [member edit]

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Cheap or Cheat? Either way, I make the most of what I have and get a good looking cabinet for less cash! In this one I’m making the carcass for the final cabinet in the workshop makeover, a 5-drawer unit that I’m also using it as a test project for some new tools and materials. Enjoy!

I finished this cabinet with Carnauba wax from Leo at Hand-i-Craft, pick some up at Leo’s new store here -

I used Finsa Fibracolour for the lipping, and Finsa Hidrofugo for the carcass; Google them for stockists, or follow @finsauk on instagram.

Other videos of interest:-

Dowel Jig Basics -

Loose Tenon Basics -

Cabinetry Basics P1 -

Money, Mouth, Mirka -

Ikea Curtain track DIY MFT -

Workshop cabinets and shelves -

Basic plywood boxes -

New to track saws? Tracksaw workshop & all tracksaw-related videos in a playlist here -


Handy consumables & gear:-

Note that prices fluctuate - some have risen since I made my purchases.

Triton Duo Doweller (full review coming soon) - (US: nope, sorry 🤷‍♂️)

Adjustable cabinet feet - (US: [similar]

Benchdogs. Use offer code 10minuteworkshop at checkout for 5% discount across the board at

Benchdogs precision rulers (Gifted) -

Bessey DuoKlamp - (US:

Festool lever clamp - (US:

Festool Midi extractor - (US:

Stainless steel graphics knife, Olfa SAC-1 -

Polyvine Polyten PVA - (US(crazy price, just for reference)

Tongue depressors (waxing spatulas) - (US: similar)

Hultafors Talmeter tape measure - (US:

Moldex 6810 in-ear defenders - (US:

Bahco 6” combi square - (US:

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Nice cabinet Peter. I too have used strips of timber to face the edges. In particular MDF shelves which were painted white with a Rimu edge applied. Looks good and a good use of leftover materials.


Nice simple cabinet should really be in the basic build series.

looks great with the contrasting finishes too.

Feb 17, 2023
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Thanks Joe! Way too many tools used for a basic build - though a simple cabinet build is on the cards, maybe with (shudders) pocket-hole screws and dowels. 🤔


Nice job Peter, “all gone together very nicely with no issues” 🤔 we may know differently …

One question, did you cut the drawer boxes and fronts after you had constructed the frame, the video suggested you had? Reason I ask is my first ever set of drawers I did it that way, building the frame and then measuring and cutting the drawers and I got all sorts of minor mis-alignment issues, proving that I could neither measure 100% accurately or put a pencil mark down precisely either. Sub-mm errors meant that the drawer boxes were not totally flat and I had to plane at least 1 drawer to get it to fit properly. Since its only a workshop cab…

Feb 17, 2023
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Thanks Geoffrey! I haven't cut the drawer boxes yet - just the fronts, so that I could put them in place at the end to give an idea of how it would look, finished - so I'll be doing it the first way! I'm trying to do a lot in this cabinet - different materials, different drawer runners, different tools and yes, trying to keep some video back for a 'base cabinetry basics' video too! All of which means I just didn't have time to get everything cut in one hit, so I'll be making the drawer boxes over the next few days, probably. Let's hope they fit! 😂

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