I need some handsome utility cabinets and drawers for my tools, paint
and materials in my workroom. My concern is that the Stanley and
other good looking utility cabinets I see at Home Depot and other
places like Sears may become obsolete in a few years and they would
change the look. I expect to be buying these over a period of months
and years and it would be a shame to find that I can't get the style
in a few years.
Does anyone have experience in a style and brand that they feel will
last over time? By the way, I am looking at prices where the cabinets
with doors are about 6 ft high by about 3 ft wide are in the
neighborhood of $150 to $200 each. The line must also have drawer
units and work surface units available.
Many of the tool storage devices that I didn't make are standard tool
rollaways, free giveaway dressers, and discarded cabinets. I never
worried if they matched, or for that matter, coordinated.
As I have time, I replace the freebies with nicely-built-by-me,
Since this is for a work room, why not use the room to build your own,
to your exact specs? You'll always know where to get more!
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> I need some handsome utility cabinets and drawers for my tools, paint
> and materials in my workroom.
Take a look at used office furniture.
Lateral and 4 high files are readily available.
I'd stay away from HON, they serve the bottom of the market.
HON? Maybe I am not following, is that a brand name? Who sells it.
As far as using office cabinets. That is what I am using now and they
are cream, white and what not. I want to try to have a consistant
look and one I can keep on buying for years to come. I have a
toolchest that I bought at Sears about 25 years ago. I can still buy
that today. However, I need cabinets, drawer units and wall hanging
units. Also, I could not afford multiple copies of the tool chest
like I am going to need.
> HON? Maybe I am not following, is that a brand name? Who sells it.
HON is a brand of low cost office furniture.
Want your stuff all the same color?
Have the office equipment come out and spray paint it for you.
I've had it done more than once.
Actually, HON has many lines, some high quality, some low cost, but
seldom both. The stuff you find in Costco is thin gauge steel and
should probably be avoided. If you can find their industrial line,
go for it.
Look for electrostatic painting. You can check with any large used
office furniture outfit and they should be able to hook you up with someone.
I've been in two offices that have had this done. It's amazing to watch
them come in, move a LOADED file cabinet onto a sheet of cardboard just
slightly larger than the base of the equipment, mask the hardware, lay
some newspaper over the files that are now exposed since all the drawers
are ajar and then they hit with the paint after connecting a wire to the
piece. Paint only winds up on the article being painted. No overspray
to speak of. Once that stuff hardens up (some sort of epoxy paint) it's
like it's been oven baked.
As for HON, you'll realize the difference when you see the equipment.
You can load a five drawer legal file cabinet into your van by yourself
without breaking a sweat. If it doesn't fit, just stand it upright,
pound on the top with your fists and shrink it a bit<g>
Standing one of those next to a Steelcase file cabinet is like putting a
piece of aluminum downspout next to a chunk of well casing or cast iron
Kennedy and Waterloo tool cabinets have had the same look for many years
... and there are Kennedy knock-offs at Harbor Freight.
Me? I take the attitude that the workshop is for making furniture, not
I'm not not at the above address.
Mike Berger wrote:
> Hon also has some great high end stuff, and beautiful wood
> products. Did one of their filing cabinets fall on your
> foot or something?
Haven't looked at office furniture in years.
If Hon has added a high end line, I was unaware of it and my apologies
I don't know if they are high end or low end. All I know is that
I bought a Hon filing cabinet in 1984 and it is doing fine -- despite
the years of doubling as grad school end table and several inexpert
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