12 Drawer Cabinet Bench

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Project by WistysWoodWorkingWonders posted 04-10-2010 03:43 AM 5727 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again everyone,

This was actually one of the first projects I built in my new shop… Sorry for taking so long to get it posted, but have been busy with other projects…
This was built from the fir that I had from the trees we took down to make room for my new shop. The fir was air dried for almost three years after milling. I went a little overboard using raised panel sides for this (I say that as it can’t be seen with the added cabinets beside it… )
This was the first bench in the row that will contain my Radial Arm Saw and Miter Saw (I am still working on the Miter Saw station).
The 12 drawers come in very handy and I am very happy that I went with them instead of shelves with doors…
They are all mounted on full extension glides and the faces came from one piece of fir for each row so the grain would flow across them… I made the handles out of more of the fir.
The bench top was built out of the same materials as all my other shop cabinets so they all match and the height was designed to be the same all the way across all three sections of this 15’ long row of cabinets… more to be built on later…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 03:58 AM

This is a massive and a very lovely cabinet.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 04:00 AM

Excellent job on this one ! : )

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 04:43 AM

Very nice work well done.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 04:58 AM

i like it especially the raised panel sides

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 05:01 AM

Your workbench is a lovely piece of furniture. Great use of your own fir. Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 04-10-2010 06:16 AM

Great looking shop cabinet, well done.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 04-10-2010 01:33 PM

Hi Wisty;

Great job on this. I agree, drawers are much better than simple shelves, behind doors. Much more convenient

The idea of using the fir tree you cut down for the shop is very fitting!


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#8 posted 04-10-2010 01:47 PM

Very impressive, not sure I’d want to use it in the shop! Great storage!

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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#9 posted 04-10-2010 02:21 PM

very nice cabinet bench

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#10 posted 04-10-2010 07:13 PM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone… I am using the fir from the trees to do all my cabinets for the shop. Just thought it would be fitting.
The weekend after we had the trees taken down, one of my neighbors mentioned that there was a woodworking show coming up and one of the gents with a wood mill was looking for some trees to mill up. Worked out great as we had 7 logs to do – he ended up doing 5 and 3/4 of them (before hitting a nail and damaging his saw blade) and he did this all for free… worked out great!!! I ended up with a massive pile of fir for the cost of having the trees fallen (about $600)
Below are some images of the trees during the falling stage (you can see how massive they are). I still have the union joint where the main tree breaks out into two trees. I am curious to see what it will look like in slabs with all the branch joints coming out of it…
Trees just before removal
Trees during the removal process
Stack of Fir from trees

PS: Sorry I could not get the pics to load… will read up on that… for now, just follow the links which will take you to my Flickr site where I am trying to get all the pics loaded from my shop build…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 02:29 AM

Very nicely done. It looks well built. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#12 posted 05-03-2010 07:41 AM

nice cabinet bench combo….you must have a nice shaper in your shop to make those raised panels

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#13 posted 05-03-2010 03:24 PM

Actually those came at a cost… lol… I bought a new DeWalt 3 base Router to make those panels… being a rookie woodworker, I managed to burn out the router within about an hour of use… guess I might have been removing too much materials all at once… lol, luckily they took the router motor back and gave me a new one…
I since learned to gradually take away the materials to make the raised panels so the rest that are in my shop were much easier to build and a lot gentler on my router (which is now almost 3 years old and running like new)
I do wish I had a shaper in my shop, but the router and the table I built for it are working just fine…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 05-03-2010 05:05 PM

Just beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 05-05-2010 01:35 AM

Thanks NBeener… appreciate the compliment…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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