A Gift to Me - Work Bench Drawers

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Project by davidroberts posted 12-14-2009 08:16 AM 15894 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve needed some bench drawers in the worst way to put my junk in. I just finished construction tonite minus some wipe on finish for the drawer fronts, probably leftover Watco. I built these over the past month. The drawers are about 24”x24” and full extension, so to speak. I modified a plan from Wood magazine. There’s about 5 extra inches on the back of the drawer sides to catch on the runners, hence the full extension. There is no back to the cabinet, although the drawer sides do not extend past the back edge of the work bench.

The cabinet is 3/4 MDF with 1/8” masonite runners and drawer bottoms. The drawer sides, back and front are 1×4 yellow pine, and the drawer faces are 3/4 oak veneered plywood, left over from my son’s eagle scout project. The cabinet edges are 3/8”rabbets and the center support rests in dados. The drawers frames are pocket hole screwed and glued with a 3/8” groove all around to hold the bottom. I ripped some strips and glued them to the bottom to minimize sag. The pulls are clearance from the borg but are solid and heavy. I left some space under the bench top for clamping. I’m so ready to load these bad boys up with all my stuff lying around every nook and cranny. Plus I left a 6” high space below the drawers to put more junk.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 08:19 AM

never can have enough drawers…. in that way they are like clamps…. nice addition to your shop

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 08:42 AM

Looks good. Always good to have more storage!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 01:03 PM

i’m jealous ,
i got the drawers ,
but no faces .

for 10 years !

maybe thats where the scrap ply will go !

thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 01:29 PM

I’m jealous too!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 04:03 PM

That looks great! I want to do something similar on my “work in progress” workbench.

-- Bob from Virginia

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 05:05 PM

Built my workbench more than 15 years ago with a plan to add drawers like these. Still have the workbench, no drawers. I’m jealous!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 05:19 PM

Very nicely done. They should go a long way to solve your storage issues. Wish I had them on my bench!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 05:29 PM

I agree with everyone. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#9 posted 12-14-2009 06:17 PM

Nice work David that will add tons of storage.

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 06:47 PM

That will be nice. I also finished making drawers for my bench last night.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 07:25 PM

Great job, never can use enough storage.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 10:16 PM

David, good job. I am in the process of adding some drawers to my shop for exactly the same reasons you did. Too much clutter, all the nooks and crannies are full.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#13 posted 12-15-2009 06:49 PM

Perfect outcome congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 12-15-2009 10:27 PM

Very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#15 posted 03-27-2010 07:12 AM

Thats a nice workshop.

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