Drill Press Cabinet #2: Building Drawers

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Blog entry by hjt posted 06-19-2018 02:53 AM 1092 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting Started - Building the Carcass Part 2 of Drill Press Cabinet series Part 3: The Table Top and Drawer Faces »

Drawers! This is another first, and watching the video from Fix This Build That, gave me at least some confidence that even I “might” be able to actually make them without too many mistakes.

More pocket holes. Getting to like this tool.

I remember Brad (from Fix This Build That) stating that you need to make sure your pieces are camped well before inserting the pocket screws. On top of the box is a “90 degree clamp.” This really helped me to achieve a nice square box. OK – square-ish

Yep! Square-ish

5 full extension drawers. 4 are about 4 inch deep and one 9 inch deep drawer. I had to take them apart several times to get them to sit in there correctly. You can see one drawer has several extra pocket holes. Thank God the drawer front will cover this mistake.

To be able to make the most of my little workshop, this and most of my tools are on mobile bases.

The next posting will show the completion of the top; to include a nifty pocket for quick access.

-- Harold

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 06-19-2018 03:45 PM

Stellar job on the build of the drill press cabinet…!! Don’t worry about the mistakes with the pocket screws, and the alignment of the drawers….You got ‘em made and to fit, and like you said, the drawer fronts will cover it up….Can’t tell you how many blunders I’ve made in all the years I’ve been doing this….My dad and granddad were both cabinets builders and carpenters….I remember one thing my granddad said that has stuck with me all these years….He said…..” A 1/8” of glue, and a 1/4” of paint will fix anything”....!!! I’ve used his theory a couple of times…......!! Carry on….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#2 posted 06-19-2018 05:34 PM

you are doing great and stop worrying about mistakes, we all do mistakes and we learn to fix them :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 06-19-2018 08:52 PM

Looking good, Harold! Glad the video helped.


-- - Projects, Plans, and Tools

View hjt's profile


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#4 posted 06-20-2018 11:59 AM

Thanks Rick – I’ll remember that adages. One that always swims through my head Is “Measure twice – cut one – BUY MORE LUMBER!”

Stelios – thank you. I”ve seen your work – you do wonderful stuff.

Indeed Brad – your videos helped a lot. Can not tell you how many times I watched them over and over. Always amazed me that you completed your cabinets in 20 minutes – start to finish!!

-- Harold

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#5 posted 06-21-2018 02:11 AM

Good progress Harold.
If the pocket hole is incorrectly placed, check the position of the exit hole and if its somewhere near the middle of the ajoining board or further in from the edge simply use a longer or shorter screw.

Do a test fit on the single board to establish how much penetration you will have and the ability to provide the intended purpose and your away, otherwise as you did re drill.
Not a big deal it going to be covered anyway. No doubt you, Rick, and I are not the only ones to do that.

-- Regards Rob

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