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02-27-2014, 09:57 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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Camera Gear Storage Cabinet

I just wanted to share with the forum a recent project I embarked on. I was looking for a storage solution for my photography gear. I was tired of keeping all my gear in various bags laying on ground beneath my computer desk. I had a small set of plastic drawers which I kept a majority of my accessories in but my lenses would just end up scattered on top of my computer desk and in my bags. I started searching for photography cabinets online, but I came up with nothing. Every thing I found was just a large bag/case that cost hundreds of dollars. I decided to start searching for other pieces of furniture/cabinetry on craigslist that I could use. I came across an old dry bar. The cabinet was the perfect size, but needed some slight modifications.

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It's a little banged up, but perfectly fine for the upstairs office.

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The top shelf is perfect for the various chargers I have.

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I added some dividers to the top drawer and stained them to try to match the original color. I used multiple removable dividers and one larger side to accommodate various accessories. I then used some thin yellow foam(almost like puffy poster board) that I found at the craft shop to line the bottom. I figured the foam would give some padding and the bright color would make it easy to find things.

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I made the two drawers out of plywood. The stain didn't take as it well on the plywood even after 4 coats.

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I then lined the drawers with pick and pluck foam.

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The top drawer holds my camera bodies and flashes with a little room left over.

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The bottom drawers holds my lenses with maybe room for one more prime

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The side compartment is perfect for my collection of tripods/monopods and some other larger accessories.

The total cost was about $120
Cabinet $40
Pick and Pluck foam $40
Plywood and slides $40
I had the stain and other pieces of wood lying around

Overall I am very happy with the project. The drawers didn't come out perfectly, but they are functional and slides are breaking in nicely. The cabinet top also gives me a nice working surface for cleaning and readying my gear for shoots. It doesn't quite hold all my gear, but it does hold everything I need for my everyday shoots. I also wanted to thank my father for helping with the construction of the cabinet.

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Beautiful!
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Very nicely done!
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Beautiful!

I currently use a nice book case, but like your idea a lot. Going to keep my eyes open at garage sales this summer for something similar. And since I am an organizational freak, I love the way you made the compartments in the foam for each piece.

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I've liberated one drawer of the hoosier cabinet for my most commonly used gear, but I think I may add some dividers seeing this!
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If there were a Hoosier cabinet in our house, it would be the one thing that I wouldn't be able to touch let alone put my camera gear in it!
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Well, it's more of a larger built-in cabinet/shelf setup but we call it the Hoosier cabinet even though it's not free-standing. All drawers below, and about 5' wide so there's lots of storage. It keeps the gear off the counters, so the trade-off is worthwhile.

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Well done. I have to make sure She Who Must Be Obeyed does not see this work, or I will end up doing one. Woodworking is not my forte.
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Very nice!
Sadly, I just take all my camera bags full of stuff and stack them on shelves in a closet... maybe someday I'll have an armoire or similar to hold it all. (sigh)
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That's way cool! Pretty ingenious idea!
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Nice work!
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Great job - And I like the price too! ;-)

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Now that is a very good idea - consider it purloined!
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I like it.
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Looks great! I'm trying to get my gear into something like that.
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