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Guys I'm all over the place here . I'm trying to organize my garage as it was just getting to unorganized to find any dang thing , so I gave up on my router table build and was going to build drawers for my work bench , but now I need cabinets on the walls to hold other things that are in the way first .

So I did a terrible thing and should be horse whipped , I bought this POC cabinet from Home Depot thinking it would speed up the process . Those cabinets are not very sturdy IMO so I'm back to making some myself .

One thing I do like is having all those pin holes to put your shelving at the height you want them , plus I think you can add doors using those holes later on if you want .
I think there 5mm in diameter and I have a festool track that has holes the same exact distance (1.25" apart).
So I was going to buy a router bit if they make such a diameter and figure out how the track works .
Am I way off base here as I thought the holes would be more accurate with a router as opposed to a drill press ?

Btw guys I'm using 3/4" plywood good one side for the wall cabinets . Don't know if this creates problems with holding the pins as opposed to particle board ?

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Hi Rick

Use 1/4 inch shelf pins.
Lowes 1/4 inch shelf pins Canada

I'm sure if you did a search you could find more locations in Canada.

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Use 1/4 inch shelf pins.
Lowes 1/4 inch shelf pins
Thanks Al as I was thinking bigger is better in a garage where there may be more weight than in a kitchen situation .
I don't know anything about shelf pins but I know I have a 1/4" router bit so that helps

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skip the shelf pins and go w/ shelf standards...
cover the unit with sliding doors to keep things clean and use the door as wall space...

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That's my solution. I ended up buying a second carton of 96" ones 'cause I couldn't find the original carton. I now have a lifetime supply of standards...and clips...for the same reason.
I normally use #4 x 5/8" Robertson screws rather than the small nails that are shown in your pic, Stick.
Waaaaay faster than drilling all those holes, Rick.
If you use the standards, Rick, make sure you look very carefully at each piece to ensure that the slot numbers all start from the same ends.
If you need to cut them to length, flush the bottom ends up so they're all even and masking tape them into a tight little bundle. Then you can cut them all at the same time...hacksaw works just fine.
In answer to your question re MDF over plywood. No. Plywood is vastly superior for the holes stability. MDF can flake away under stress.
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Stick makes a great point Rick, the shelf clips are very steady compared to pins. If you do decide to use shelf pins a piece of pegboard makes a great template with 1" spacing and it is cheap.
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I agree with Stick and the others. The standards are way faster and easier than pins. I use Mikes idea of peg board spacing jig. That is what I use if I do pins but as I said standards are way faster and easier.
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Great idea Stick ,I never thought of going that route . Maybe I'll get fancy and miter them in . Sliding doors , hmm that's an interesting idea . Miter in two guides?

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Rick,

I totally agree with the standards, also. Pins are not the way to go for anything heavy.

One word of caution on the cabinets. Make them shallow (see the cabinet in Sticks shop photo). If you make them standard size, then you end up shoving things to the back of the shelves. Other things get piled up in front and you are constantly moving things to get to the back.

The best advise I ever got was to install slide out shelves in cabinets, instead of fixed shelves. You can roll out the drawer (shelf) and get to anything in the back. However, this is not always practical for overhead cabinets.

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To answer your question Rick, yes, you can use your router to do shelf pins.

Most use a jig of some sort. Some more complicated then others. Most use a bushing that goes on the router plate that fits in the hole of the template.

Of course, I use the Woodpecker system, but there are less expensive solutions out there.



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