Moravian Workbench #8: Installing the drawer

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Blog entry by Tom posted 09-22-2019 03:43 PM 1591 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Building the Drawer Part 8 of Moravian Workbench series Part 9: A Shelf »

The drawer will hang from the underside of the oak workbench top and it will extend out under the tool tray. I set the drawer back about 1” from the front of the bench so as to have some clamping surface available without removing the drawer. Since the top is 14” deep, that allows for about 13” of drawer runner mounted to the under side of the top. The drawer is 18” long, so it will extend under the tool tray by about 5-6 inches without support. I don’t think this will be a problem. I could have extended the drawer runners beyond the back of the bench top, but I am concerned that this could get in the way when transporting the workbench. The top is big and heavy, so having sticks of wood sticking out is probably not a good idea. I think it will have plenty of support with the runners just under the bench top.

The drawer runners (slides) are made from oak. I glued and screwed oak runners on the drawer sides. The runners are 3/4” x 3/4”.

I added about 1-1/2” extension off the back of the drawer as extra support for when the drawer is pulled out and gives a little extra to access the back of the drawer without dropping the drawer on my toe. You may notice that my screws were a bit too long and poked through the sides. I purchased 1-1/2” wood screws instead of 1-1/4”. Stuff happens on a big project and I used them anyway. I filed the points off flush to the wood. You can’t even feel them. That will remind be to be more careful in the future.

Next I made the oak runners for under the bench top. I glued and screwed a 3/4” x 1-1/2” piece to a 3/4” x 3/4” piece into an L shape. This gets screwed to the underside of the workbench top. This is cross grain so I enlarged the holes toward the back end of the runners to give the top some room to move. I don’t know if that is enough, but time will tell. It’s just a workbench anyway.

Now the drawer can slide in and I refine the fit with a hand plane so that it slides smooth and easy. I added a stop to the underside of the tool tray.

On that last picture, there is a plant stand behind the bench, but it kind of looks like there is hook under the drawer.

I think the drawer is nice addition on this workbench. It is easily removed and does not impact the portability of the workbench. I do not intend to add a knob to the drawer. I don’t think it is necessary. You can easily pull from under the bottom edge of the drawer. But if you wanted one, an iron ring pull is a nice addition. Brass would look out of place on this workbench. Hmm, maybe I will add one…

Next I will add a lower shelf across the stretchers.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 09-25-2019 09:02 AM

A good idea to install a box, you need to remember this.

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#2 posted 09-08-2021 03:21 AM

Love the idea of the drawer! How’s it working out for you?

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#3 posted 09-08-2021 11:25 PM

The drawer is great. I use it to hold loose tools. I did not add dividers, but you could if you like that. Thanks for reading. :)

-- Tom

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