Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench (UMWB) #4: Cabinets and drawer boxes

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Blog entry by Garry posted 12-29-2013 01:17 PM 11319 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Platform and Work surface Part 4 of Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench (UMWB) series Part 5: Mounting the table saw »

The cabinets support the work surface which is planned for a final height of 38-39” to fit me (I’m 6’3”). I left 1/4” for shimming to make sure it’s not above the table saw surface. The outside dimensions are 20”x 20” x21-3/4” tall. Plywood edges are exposed since I didn’t want to invest the time to trim them for a workbench.

The drawers are designed to use the drawer bottom as the sliding surface after an idea I’ve seen here on LJ. They are sized to allow flexibility by making the nominal heights 2-1/2”, 5”, and 7-1/2” and creating slots on 2-1/2” centers for the slides. I can rearrange the drawers by moving them to different slots. The nominal dimensions are 19” wide x 19.5” deep. I can safely pull them out 16” without worry.

Since I’m using 1/2” plywood and didn’t want to weaken the sides by routing slots, I created the slots by adding 1/2” x 2” strips on the cabinet sides.

I needed ~20 drawer pulls and came up with a cheap solution out of stock 1×2 pine. I cut a groove in one face and angled one edge 15 degrees.

Next is mounting the table saw.

-- Garry, woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 01:48 PM

Interesting and innovative build. Looking forward to the next chapter!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 02:54 PM

Wow Gary, you are making great progress. I wish I could move as fast as you on projects. This project is looking really nice. Quality build.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#3 posted 12-29-2013 03:22 PM

Whoa, Scott. I’m not that fast. I’ve been saving up. I wanted to get a good feel for how it works before I go bragging much about it.

-- Garry, woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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