Workshop drawers and benches

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Project by jfk4032 posted 12-30-2017 08:07 PM 11424 views 24 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually finished this project about a year ago and then went right into the Abraham and Issac intarsia piece, and the bench was totally covered with stuff so I never took pictures of it until recently.

I designed this bench and 28 drawers to fit along a long wall in my workshop. At the far right side my sump pump sits and had to design around that. I used Sketchup for the first time and it was a big help to foresee many issues I had to rethink and rework. I also used it to calculate out a materials list which was very useful.

This setup includes a built in chop station, router table and an extended bench area for my radial arm saw.

The cabinet carcasses were made from maple veneered plywood, the drawers from baltic birch, the drawer fronts from some amazing ambrosia maple and the drawer pulls from repurposed oak wood flooring planks that were cutoffs from my Dad’s work bench…I was able to keep part of him going forward into my workshop.

I used his brand new Leigh dovetail jig (over 12 years old), which he never actually used and once you got the hang of it, it cut the drawer dovetails almost flawlessly, very repeatable! I bought full extension heavy duty drawer slides and finished the drawers, pulls and carcasses with wipe-on poly and for the drawer fronts I sprayed on water based poly to keep that ambrosia maple as close to its original color with a new HVLP unit.

This project took about nine months with some starts and stops and by the time the cabinets and drawers were installed I backed off of my original plan for laminated maple strip bench tops and just used masonite with some leftover ambrosia maple trim. I also have areas for two small drawers above the trash can and shop vacuum cleaner welled areas, which I’ll get to soon.

Almost every drawer is currently filled up and my shop floors are finally clean for the most part. A much needed shop improvement and laid the ground work for attempting new kitchen cabinets in the next year of or so.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-30-2017 09:59 PM

man that’s a sweet well organized bench,i like how everything flows together,a real space saver most here could appreciate.great job joel.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-31-2017 01:47 AM

Wow, excellent build. Took me several minutes of looking through pictures before I even read the how to of it all. Nine months is a long time, too long for some perhaps but once done like this work flows so much easier.

Congrats on the Editors Choice Award!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 12-31-2017 02:35 AM

Great build. Thanks for sharing the details.

All those drawers must keep you shop much more organized. Again, Great Job!

-- Larry - Illinois

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#4 posted 12-31-2017 11:42 AM

WOW !! great build and most useful

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 12-31-2017 05:13 PM

Love it, what a great set up. Very nice I’m really like the drawer fronts. Nice touch.

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

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#6 posted 01-01-2018 06:03 PM

Incorporating a router table into it is a great idea!

-- Kirk

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