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Flammables Cabinet


Flammables Cabinet

Keep your shop and family safe!

Have you got finishing supplies scattered all over your shop? Concerned that they’re a fire hazard? Organize them into this cabinet built out of one sheet of plywood and you’ll sleep better at night.

The basic purpose of a flammables storage cabinet might come as a surprise to you. I always thought the cabinet was supposed to contain a fire. Not so.

The real purpose of a flammables cabinet is to keep fire away from flammable liquids as long as possible, both for your benefit and for firefighters.

This cabinet is designed to keep flames away from your flammables for 10 minutes so you have time to escape a fire.

Keeping all your finishing supplies in one highly visible spot allows firefighters to quickly isolate a danger zone and have more time to fight the fire.

This cabinet is cheap insurance.While a commercial metal safety cabinet this size could set you back about $400, the total cost for our wooden version is about $150, $75 for the plywood, $45 for the optional fire-retardant paint, $12 for the sign, and $10 for the hardware.

Flammables cabinets are required in most professional shops.Why not set the same standard at home?

Note: This flammables storage cabinet has been designed to meet the code requirements of the National Fire Protection Association. For more information about fire protection contact the NFPA at or call 617-770-3000.


(Note: Product availability and costs are subject to change since original publication date.)

"Flammable-Keep Fire Away" sign:

EMED Co.,, 800-442-3633 #33591-B-VA.


Fire Retardant Paint:

Your local paint retailer

Benjamin Moore (Retardo),, 855-724-6802, Super Spec Latex Flat Fire Retardant Coating.

Sherwin Williams,, 800-4-SHERWIN.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker October 2000, issue #82.

October 2000, issue #82

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Cutting List

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Fig. A: Exploded View of Flammables Cabinet

Fig. B: Plywood Cutting Diagram

Fig. C: Door Detail

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