workbench with cabinet space

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Project by mbs posted 09-12-2011 01:05 AM 4773 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted these pictures in another part of website but they don’t show up in my gallery so I’m reposting them.

The top is made of scrap hardwoods. it is 34.75” high and 84” long. It has a tool tray in the middle of the top. If I made it again I probably would make a solid top.

The base is made of metal that I welded together out of thin wall material. The back and end of the bench has metal stretchers welded diagonally from corner so the bench is absolutely rigid. It’s heavy – It takes three men to move the loaded bench a foot at a time.

The storage drawers are maple and the edge is dressed in mahogony. The drawers have half blind dovetails and are made of solid wood sides. Unfortunately, I didn’t get full extension glides so I will change them out at some point.

It has a Veritas twin screw vice on one end. A tail stock vice on the side and a regular jaw vice on the opposite side.

I cut a pc of plexiglas the same size as the top to protect it when I’m glueing or finishing. I rarely take the plexiglass off so the top still looks like new after approx. 18 years.

I use the top of the cabinet as a shelf for my drills and other handy tools. I originally took these pictures for insurance purposes so it’s pretty dusty.

This bench is in my home garage and not in my workshop. I will move it sometime in the future.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 01:22 AM

I like this workbench! I can really appreciate this design. Having the drawers full of even semi-often used items, and the tools just under the top will save your legs miles and miles of walking. This one is definantly in the running for top functional design in my book. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 03:17 PM

Very nice!! Great job, like all the drawers.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 03:25 PM

It’s a nice workbench with plenty of storage drawers and you did a nice job on it. It will serve you well.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 04:37 AM

Nice looking bench. I like the vast array of drawers. When you go to move it, my shop is located in Greensboro NC and it will be greatly used there LOL

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 04:34 AM

Different design of under structure and looks very solid
Don’t let MAFE see this one. he is into metal working now .All the drawers will be handy .
Great bench !


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 11:37 AM

Sweet! Nice storage and tool tray. So many ideas.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#7 posted 10-24-2011 02:55 AM

You did a great job on your Workbench & Drawer cabinet. Would you mind tell me the height of each drawer and the total height of the cabinet. Thank you for saying that you should have used full ext. drawer slides. I am starting my workbench cabinet drawers later this week. Mine will be out of White Oak. The drawer fronts will be out of 5 or 6 different woods.
Thank You

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#8 posted 10-24-2011 05:22 AM

Drawer heights from the bottom to the top are 7”, 3”, 3”, 2-3/8”, 2-3/8”. Total height is 20 w/ 3/4” case thickness”.

Another recommendation – I bought full extension drawer glides off Ebay recently and they were junk. I would stick with the brand names like Blum, KV…

Enjoy making your bench.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#9 posted 10-24-2011 07:23 PM

Thank you for the quick response.
I look at one of the Woodworking sites and the guy building with drawers and said he got his drawer slides from this supplier. It is called eDrictHardware. I have not ordered my drawer slides as of yet. From comparing prices it looks like they have the best prices I have been able to find including the box stores. That email address takes you right to 100 Lbs. full ext drawer slides.
By the way how deep did you hake your cabinet drawers.
I built my 2’ x7’ bench last Fall out of Hard Maple and I have really Enjoyed it so far, now it’s time to get the hand close to the bench in the cabinet.
Thank You

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#10 posted 10-27-2011 03:31 PM

I used 22” glides.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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