Under bench storage

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Project by klinkman posted 04-24-2019 12:59 AM 1625 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently completed some under bench storage. These are maple plywood casework and boxes with a walnut front and maple face frame, finished with shellac. Pretty basic but I thought they came out OK.

Short drawers are a must for frequently used tools: measuring, layout, chisels, saws, mallets, carving tools and so on. I like having storage on top of these units as well.

One surprise was these are rubber stoppered drawer slides, some cheepies from amazon, and they take a few pounds of pressure to open/close. When empty, they are so tight they would actually pull the unit off the shelf. So I had to screw the casework to the shelf so the drawers wouldn’t end up on the floor. Oh well, a couple of screws from the bottom secured them.

Anyway, these are super handy with tools at the ready and add a little customized look to the workbench. And bonus: tools stay amazingly clean if I can manage to keep the drawers shut!

Thanks for looking.

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#1 posted 04-24-2019 02:49 AM

Never too much storage. That way that bench doesn’t have everything heaped on top as well. Because there is never enough horizontal space either.

Nice looking solution.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 04-24-2019 09:40 AM

Those look really nice.

I dig it.

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#3 posted 04-24-2019 12:17 PM

Great way to utilize under the bench and manage the space.


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#4 posted 04-24-2019 01:42 PM

pretty nice shop furniture but hey why not,there is never enough storage.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 04-24-2019 05:14 PM

thank you all, appreciate your comments.

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 04-24-2019 08:54 PM

Great addition to that wonderful bench. Nice table saw and space. I’ll bet a lot of good projects will come from you nice shop.

-- James E McIntyre

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 04-25-2019 12:12 AM

A great place to put a set of drawers. Nice work! I see you made two separate stacks. I did it the same way under my bench. You can never have enough storage space!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 04-25-2019 04:41 AM

@James Keen eye there, thank you for the compliment. The table saw is a relatively recent addition, now I wonder how I survived without it!

Side note for the other keen eyed viewers, The Green and Green inspired storage box stow my vice shims for working thin materials.

@Tony, yeah, two cabinets were definitely simpler to build than one here, your bench storage looks great. I did consider sliding a push broom under my bench when designing, but you certainly have a lot more storage area.

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#9 posted 04-25-2019 09:35 AM

So clean lines and good looking drawers…by design they belong to living room.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-26-2019 05:04 AM

Klinkman , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 04-26-2019 11:01 AM

Re: the drawer hardware: feel you, so much out the is either junk, trouble, or expensive overkill. This is why for my shop drawers I go with homemade hardwood slides, dadoes in the drawers’ sides, and paste wax for lubricant. They’re more or less free and can be tweaked to work however one likes.

Nice job on the project, btw.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#12 posted 04-29-2019 11:31 AM

Beautiful addition to your bench. You did a great job selecting the walnut.

-- AJ

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#13 posted 04-29-2019 02:24 PM

Thanks again for the comments, really encouraging for a new woodworker!

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#14 posted 05-02-2019 11:20 AM

Very very nice

-- Mike Miller,

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