Workbench - storage

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Project by MakerofSawdust posted 02-23-2021 08:18 PM 851 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What I naively thought would be a weekend build 5 weekends ago has finally come to fruition. My old workbench was two dressers back to back with a solid core door on top. After using it for 20 years, I really liked the design, but hated the drawers, so I primarily did this to upgrade the drawers to full extension slides. It’s made from maple plywood and has a pre-made butcher block top that is 39×74. I used some maple iron-on edge banding and really like it. It has spalted maple drawer fronts because I got a great deal on about 50 bf 10 years ago, but it doesn’t match anything in my house, but I loved it and have been waiting for the right project to use it. This gave me the opportunity to try our using a drawer lock router bit for the drawers and that was nice. This project also ‘necessitated’ upgrading my router table and getting a router lift. That was part of the delay in getting this done. I purposefully did not yet do any drawers on the back side yet. I’m waiting to see what size drawers I lack and what needs to be stored on that side. I equate it having pre-built shell space that’s ready for build-out. I used levelling feet with the flip-down wheels in order to reduce what would be wasted space under the castors. I haven’t put any bench dog holes in it yet and may not because most of that work happens on my assembly table workbench that is lower and next to this one. The top and it’s supporting legs are removable to make it lower. This is designed as my ‘high’ bench at 38” high and removing the top gets it down to 31” which is the same as my assembly table/workbench. The pull-out in the middle for my cordless drills is just waiting for the coiled power cord installation for the charger. I welcome any comments, feedback and suggestions, especially for my shell space side.

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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#1 posted 02-23-2021 08:46 PM

Well done , we all think we can get things done quicker. At least I do….. LOL

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2021 09:25 PM

Currently in process of making all manner of cabinets for the shop. At this point drawers make me drool a little.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 02-23-2021 09:29 PM

Well done. As far as your shell space. Decide what you want in it 1st. Then work out what gets used more often and what goes together. This may take some time. Then work out height of drawers and layout inside them.

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

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#4 posted 02-23-2021 11:11 PM

real nice work bench with a ton of storage you cant beat that.ive learned after kidding myself for many years i decide how long i think something will take to do then double or triple it and that gets me pretty close-lol.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-24-2021 06:27 AM

Great job on the build of the work bench. You can never have enough storage underneath the bench. Plenty of room for marking tools, measuring tools and tapes, and general hand tools. In a shop we need all the storage we can get what the purposes we have to get the job done…...!! Excellent…..!!

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

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#6 posted 02-24-2021 12:38 PM

just 5 weekends ? that was time well spent, very well spent. the drawer fronts, removable top, symetry – too many nice features to pick just one or 2 or 3

-- 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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#7 posted 02-24-2021 01:10 PM

Nice work bench, I like the removable top, nice to have adjustable height for different projects.

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

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#8 posted 02-25-2021 01:56 AM

Very nice and very efficient.

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#9 posted 04-01-2021 11:56 PM

Out standing Work only 5 weekends that would take me at least 6 weeks..

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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