Workbench storage drawers

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Project by Ross Leidy posted 02-07-2021 11:31 PM 1140 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the Christmas holiday, I started a shop cleanup and re-organization. One thing I really needed was more storage in general. The shelf under my workbench was a poorly utilized space and had turned into a catch-all. I decided to start there and build a slide-in cabinet with a set of drawers. The full build blog is here.

The carcass is 3/4” birch ply, the drawer boxes are 1/2” birch ply – all from Home Depot. The front of the carcass is edged with some cherry.

I did not want to use any handle hardware that I would bang my knees on, so I wanted a recessed pull. This mid-century credenza provided the inspiration for mine:

The drawer fronts are mdf, edged and veneered with anigre, with a 1/2” radius cove on the backside of the arc pull.

The front of the exposed drawer box is painted black to disguise the exposed crack between drawers. Quite effective.

And the obligatory stair-step drawer shots:

Now I just need to fill them up. In an organized way. Somehow. :)

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#1 posted 02-07-2021 11:46 PM

nice addition ross thats something i need to do on my one bench,space that i cant afford to waste.

-- 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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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 02-08-2021 12:25 AM

That is one sweet project. It looks great. You can never have enough storage, especially under a work bench. You can keep all your measuring devices, and other things needed close at hand. Several years ago I built storage drawers under my bench, and it has served me well for all my “work bench needs”......!!! Great job…...!!! I like it. Here’s the one I built for my bench…....!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#3 posted 02-08-2021 01:58 AM

Great storage, really nice looking with the blackout recessed pull area.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-08-2021 02:03 AM

This is awesome. I just redid my garage. Threw down some metallic epoxy floors and moved from my office space. I want to create some cool tables with cabinets like this. Was thinking about doing a river table from a live slab. Haven’t decided yet.

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#5 posted 02-08-2021 02:16 AM

Nice work Ross!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-08-2021 02:30 AM

Great set of drawers, Ross. They are recessed enough so they wont get chips in them!!

Cheers, JIM

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 02-08-2021 02:59 AM

Really nice addition to your bench. This is a great looking and nicely designed build.

-- AJ

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#8 posted 02-08-2021 03:06 AM

Outstanding work. Now for the next step, getting everything organized INSIDE those nice neat drawers.

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

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#9 posted 02-08-2021 03:21 AM

Very nice.

How much space did you lose in the drawers? It looks like the bottom of the drawer is above the hand hold cutouts.

Or is there a detail we can’t see?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#10 posted 02-08-2021 03:26 AM

Attractive and useful. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 02-08-2021 06:27 AM

Nice job. I am currently doing the same on an outfeed table. Mine won’t be the eye candy yours are though. CDX plywood makes for a fugly look, but they will still hold plenty of tools.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 02-08-2021 10:29 AM

Nice build. The drawer fronts are a neat design.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 02-08-2021 11:39 AM


-- Petey

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Ross Leidy

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#14 posted 02-08-2021 01:09 PM

Thanks for all the kind words, all. I am looking forward to having a designated place for things and not having to scour the shop for the last place I put something down.

Very nice.

How much space did you lose in the drawers? It looks like the bottom of the drawer is above the hand hold cutouts.

Or is there a detail we can t see?

- Madmark2

I don’t lose any space at all with the drawer front aligned with the bottom of the drawer box. Here’s a build photo that shows it better.

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#15 posted 02-08-2021 03:55 PM

That turned out great, Ross. It’ll be nice having a lot of your tools (and/or supplies) so close at hand when you’re working at your bench.

-- Ron Stewart

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