Workbench Drawers

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Project by DaveLeHardt posted 12-31-2010 04:50 AM 7669 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the bench drawers that I added to my workbench. Getting the MDF cut square and to an accurate size was a challenge, one I didn’t master completely here sad to say, but got some great tips and techniques from the good folks here! Thanks again!

Making the drawers was much more fun and rewarding. Nothing fancy, just a simple rabbet on the sides to hold the drawers together. The pine I got at the home store is really funky. Never seen such wavy grain, or rays for that matter in pine. Wondering if it was logged out near Hanford, WA or something…?

Anyways, next time I do battle with sheet wood I’ll be better armed and prepared to bend it to my will! And I’m finding I like turning to hand tools rather than power tools for parts of the building. Seeing those translucent curls peel back from the smoothing plane and watching the end grain cut to a fine powder with my block plane was really a joy.

Now I have the tools I use at the bench handy, that’s a big plus!

-- What? Me worry?!

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 05:31 AM

Great idea! Gotta build myself one of these for my wb.

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 06:40 AM

Very Nice! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 07:29 AM

With ya there Deke. And after the trouble I had getting that case under the table, easy and less energetic sounds WAY good!

-- What? Me worry?!

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 08:17 AM

Nice job. looks handy

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 09:14 AM

Very nice drawers, I am going to be building something similar for the empty space under the table saw to store blades, wrenches and other TS goodies. Having a small shop to work in, you create unique ways to store stuff. Now for the weather to warm up so I can get back in my shop. 23 is a little chilly to be working in.

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#6 posted 01-01-2011 04:10 PM

Great project. I’m sure it will save you a lot of steps. I also like your choice of drawer pulls. What you were saying about the “pine” that you bought from the home store is all too true. It might not even be pine. A good bit of their 1x boards are imported from Europe. They call it white wood. They don’t even know what it is. Check the sticker on the wood and read the fine print. The stuff is terrible to work with. If you have ever had the luxury to work with old growth wood, you can see why I am disgusted with the wood that is available at the big box stores.

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 04:15 PM

That’s a great way to organize your shop and will pay off in dividends.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 01-01-2011 07:28 PM

Dyno, a happy new year to you! and it could be it’s something from who knows where. It was actually very easy to work with; soft like pine, but had the funky grain like quilt maple, so who knows. Logging trucks are a regular hazard here in the Evergreen State, so it would be silly, but make big business “sense” if the home store pine came from across the globe. It’s convenient (less than a mile) to the home store, but this new year I intend to make myself a common sight at local yard (about 13 mi) that carries a wider assortment, and probably some old growth wood too.

-- What? Me worry?!

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