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Project by Kelly posted 04-17-2014 09:37 PM 5482 views 22 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking at several other LJ’s ideas, I copied this idea of dividing the drawers in my miter saw bench into two parts in a hope of keeping things better organized. The top trays are mounted with full extension glides giving full access to the lower and deeper part of the drawer below. I’ve found this to be a great way to keep things from getting all piled up in bigger/deeper drawers. If you come up with an idea to improve what I’ve done I’d love to hear about it, as I have several more that I’m going to be making the same way. Thanks!

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#1 posted 04-18-2014 12:05 AM

Just out of curiosity, why not just build separate drawers, and gain the extra 1/2 to 3/4 , plus gain some drawer depth?

I have a similar inner sliding, old style on runners, and it was because I had used dressers for holding tools. And it is very limiting. If I build I will just build dedicated drawers…

But maybe I am missing why this might be more efficient.

Good job though, and enjoy.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 04-18-2014 02:20 AM

Hi Jeff, the drawers that I built originally were quite deep and had a lot of wasted space so rather than start over with new drawers I just stuck one in the other. I actually only lose the thickness of the tray bottom which is 1/4”. Now that I’ve used them for a while I like having them laid out this way, probably just because I’m used to it now. Most of what I use I’ve put in the top trays and the less used underneath.

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 05:08 AM

Sir, you keep away from my shop, and do not give my tools any bad thoughts of organizing a union against me leaving them lay where ever I did…......I sure don’t need that problem. No really , great idea.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 05:22 AM


-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 10:28 AM

Thanks Larry, your tools are safe with me (-:

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#6 posted 04-18-2014 06:15 PM

I love the idea just not grasping how it works. Doesnt the sliding interior drawer hit the back of the larger exterior drawer or are they built to be half the length?

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#7 posted 04-18-2014 09:24 PM

You all do know that this won’t stay “organized” for long. LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#8 posted 04-18-2014 11:32 PM

Bogeyguy – how right you are (-:
Actually thats why I made the interior tray, because the deep drawers were getting so messy and this has really helped.

The back of the drawer has a cutout where the tray can slid through. The tray is only about an inch shorter than the actual drawer and is mounted on full extension guides. Hope this helps (-:

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#9 posted 05-03-2014 01:52 PM

I think this is a great idea in those cases wherein one is retrofitting a system or reusing something like a cabinet found on Craigslist.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 05-03-2014 08:20 PM

Love the use of full extension drawer glides for the inner tray. BRILLIANT!!!

Unlike Larry….
You are welcome to come organize my shop & tools!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 05-23-2018 06:50 PM

Very clever!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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