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Benchcrafted Roubo Workbench #13: Storage cabinet inset drawer fronts

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Blog entry by EarlS posted 03-20-2022 12:12 PM 846 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Drawer Slides - Precision and Consistency Part 13 of Benchcrafted Roubo Workbench series Part 14: She's got legs, she knows how to use them »

The storage cabinet that fits under the workbench top finished up nicely.

The cabinet was set in place and secured to the bench shelf.

One of the main themes of this project was to use scrap material that I’ve been stashing away over the years. As folks that have seen some of my projects know, I like to make Craftsman style mosaics (inlays?). All of the drawer fronts were made from bits and pieces from the exotic wood stash.

Lots of glue-ups to make the panels.

The panels were planed, sanded and finished with Seal-Cell and Arm-R-Seal.

Now for the more challenging part. The drawer fronts are inset into the case frame and the drawer fronts are wider and taller than the drawer boxes.

The drawer slides are side mounted, 100 lb rated, full extension which need 1/2” on each side for mounting. Additionally, the drawer bottom is 1/4” above the bottom edge of the drawer front while the top of the drawer front is 1/2” above the top of the drawer box.

With 8 drawers to set I needed a way to quickly, reliably, and most importantly, consistently attach the drawer fronts to the drawer boxes.

Here’s what I came up with; a template that fit inside the drawer box for the layout of the screws that will attach the drawer front to the box and spacer strips to center the drawer box on the front. The side strips are 1/2”, the bottom strip is 1/4” and the top strip is 1/2”

Using some Bessey clamps and riser blocks, the box is held in place on the top. The template for the screws is clamped down and pilot holes for the cabinet screws are drilled through the box into the front. The second set of clamp blocks are used to stabilize the clamps.

After fine tuning the fit (yes, there was some trimming and sanding to get the spacing just right) the drawers fit in the case and the handles were installed. When the sliding deadman was put in place, it hit the handles. The solution was to drill out and square up a 1/2” deep hole in the drawer fronts for legs of the handle.

Here is the completed cabinet with drawers and the sliding deadman.

The leg vise will be the last part to finish up the bench build.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"



10 comments so far

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oldrivers

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#1 posted 03-20-2022 12:16 PM

Super Job looks great! Enjoy.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 03-20-2022 12:23 PM

oh my gosh
this should be in the furniture section of better homes and gardens NOT in the work bench section of LJ’s

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 03-20-2022 12:54 PM

Golly, Earl!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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JimYoung

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#4 posted 03-20-2022 01:56 PM

Holy Cow!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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KelleyCrafts

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#5 posted 03-20-2022 02:33 PM

Looks excellent Earl! Excited for you man.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#6 posted 03-20-2022 06:17 PM

Over the top Earl!
I guess I’d better finish up the holdfasts.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 03-20-2022 09:31 PM

No rush Duck – I still have to figure out how to put the leg vise together. BTW – let me know what I owe you (beer, $$ , corn??)

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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duckmilk

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#8 posted 03-20-2022 11:32 PM

Nathan helped me with one of them so…maybe a virtual group hug?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Eric

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#9 posted 03-21-2022 01:53 AM

Wow Earl, that is an amazing bench. The drawer faces look great. The complete bench looks great. Wonderful Craftsmanship.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#10 posted 03-23-2022 09:49 PM

That looks nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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