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Project by MakerofSawdust posted 04-01-2021 03:35 PM 1055 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new drill press requires a new cabinet – right? Rather than make regular drawers and have shelves on the outside back corners like many designs, I decided to try U-shaped drawers to get past the floor post. In order to keep some strength across the back part of the drawers I used my drawer lock router bit around the entire drawer bottom rather than a rabbet or slot. I think using this with glue will be stronger and I’m not too worried about movement since the sides and bottom are all 1/2” plywood. (see 3rd pic) For now, I think I’m brilliant for thinking of that solution. Ask me in a couple years if they still held up. This was certainly more work, but good practice for me. I definitely used the drawer lock bit a LOT. It has some 24” full extension drawer slides that I had just sitting around waiting for the right project. It’s on locking castors and moves out of the way easily if I need to lower the table farther. The carcass is maple plywood left over from my workbench build. Maple plywood drawer fronts with maple iron-on edge banding. The top and post inset box are only screwed in to allow for future changes. After more use, I may shorten it by removing the top few inches and top drawer if I find it gets in the way of table adjustments too much. We’ll see.

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





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#1 posted 04-01-2021 04:24 PM

That’s great. Another project I need to copy.

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#2 posted 04-01-2021 05:12 PM

Beautiful job on that unit. You call yourself MakerofSawdust, but I don’t see any. That shop is cleaner than an operating room. I thought I was one of the few woodworkers that have OCD when it comes to dust and organization, but you have me beat.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 04-01-2021 06:40 PM

Love it! Really maximized the storage potential. Great organization (as I reflect on current mess in my shop!!).

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#4 posted 04-01-2021 07:28 PM

Great idea! I may need to steal it for my drill press storage.

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#5 posted 04-01-2021 08:40 PM

Pretty cool idea. I have a bench top model, been thinking of a rolling stand w shelves under for “stuff”

-- Petey

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#6 posted 04-01-2021 09:53 PM

Very nice addition to your shop.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 04-01-2021 10:10 PM

Great storage, and easy to move out of the way, nice work.

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

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#8 posted 04-01-2021 10:19 PM

Cool idea MoS...

Can’t even criticise the small wheels due to your smooth floor… However, with so many drawers, there’s no excuse those bits should be kissing each other (loosely in a tray).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 04-01-2021 10:48 PM

Very nice but those jumbled bits make me cringe! LOL

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#10 posted 04-01-2021 11:26 PM

Hey, I’m a member of the cigar-box-full-of-odd-bits club so no criticism there!

The post wrap is a neat feature to optimize the space.

John is right, nary a spec of sawdust so I’m suspicious that this is no more than a well staged movie set 8^)

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#11 posted 04-02-2021 12:16 AM

nice job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#12 posted 04-02-2021 01:20 AM

Excellent work.

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

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#13 posted 04-02-2021 02:46 AM



Hey, I m a member of the cigar-box-full-of-odd-bits club so no criticism there!
- splintergroup

Last time I used that practice I finished up with a heap of crushed Cubans...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 04-02-2021 03:49 PM


Hey, I m a member of the cigar-box-full-of-odd-bits club so no criticism there!
- splintergroup

Last time I used that practice I finished up with a heap of crushed Cubans...

- LittleBlackDuck

Lost my “taste” for the Cubans

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#15 posted 04-02-2021 04:18 PM

Hey, I m a member of the cigar-box-full-of-odd-bits club so no criticism there!
- splintergroup

Last time I used that practice I finished up with a heap of crushed Cubans...

- LittleBlackDuck

Lost my “taste” for the Cubans

- splintergroup


Monica Cristos. Great cabinet!

-- Darrel

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