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Blog series by Ross Leidy updated 02-07-2021 10:39 PM 6 parts 3351 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

01-04-2021 07:37 PM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

During my Christmas staycation, I finally dedicated some time and brain power to working out a better layout for my small shop. While I don’t think I found the silver bullet, I did arrive at a layout that is more space-efficient just feels more open. What I realized as I was moving things and cleaning house was that I need more storage. Everywhere. One area that was severely under utilized was under my workbench. What I had was a single shelf that was kind of a catch-all, and I dec...

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Part 2: Drawer planning

01-05-2021 04:12 PM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

The plan for the drawers: Four drawers in each opening, small at the top to large at the bottom. I didn’t list out just what I would keep in the drawers ahead of time, but I knew I’d want a mix of sizes for various sized items. Inset drawer fronts – I like the look Recessed drawer pulls – I don’t want to be knocking my shins on knobs or handles while I’m sitting at the bench. Simple 1/2” ply drawer boxes Veneered MDF drawer front Side-m...

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Part 3: Building and installing the drawer boxes

01-05-2021 06:55 PM by Ross Leidy | 1 comment »

So without laying out the cuts beforehand, I bought a single sheet of HD 1/2” birch plywood thinking that would be plenty. Nope. It will be enough for one side, and maybe both smaller drawers on the other side, but I’ll have to make another trip for another sheet. I did have to pause here to build a crosscut sled for the table saw. Once done, I sectioned the plywood with the track saw and cut pieces to final dimensions on the table saw. I assembled the front/bottom/back and...

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Part 4: Drawer fronts

01-05-2021 07:42 PM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

I’ll be building the drawer fronts from MDF, edged with anigre, with an anigre veneer on the front (just because I have a lot of anigre). As a proof of concept, I started with just one drawer face – the smallest one. I figure that if my cabinet opening is not exactly square, I can plane off a little of the edge banding to get an even reveal in the opening. I made an MDF template for routing the arc. I used a scrap of cherry to add a fence to the bottom. This is to i...

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Part 5: Drawer fronts (cont.)

01-24-2021 08:18 PM by Ross Leidy | 11 comments »

After a brief vacation, I’m back in the shop and plugging away at the workbench storage cabinet. I’ve applied some waterbased poly on the interior of the one bank of drawers that are completed. (I still need to make a trip to Home Depot for another sheet of 1/2 birch ply to complete the other bank.) After some test-fittings of the drawer fronts, even the small (1/16”) gap between drawers was glaring in the handle recesses (as Ron Stewart pointed-out in an earlier post)....

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Part 6: Finished

02-07-2021 10:39 PM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

The storage cabinet is finally done. I’m pleased with how it turned out, and I learned some things along the way: Really, really pay attention to “square” at each step. I was off a little on some pieces, and it came back to bite me when installing the drawer slides and inset drawer fronts. If possible, have all the sheet goods on hand before starting final cuts so that similarly-dimensioned pieces can be cut as a group. Not having everything batched to rip or ...

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