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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 03-18-2008 01:53 AM 6681 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Drill Press Cabinet last summer, into fall. Pine for the legs and apron, door stiles/rails are pine with maple 1/4” plywood panel, drawer front is two pieces of poplar glued up, sides & shelves are luan 1/2” plywood. The top, which can’t be seen very well in the pics is two sheets of 3/4” mdf glued together with a hardboard panel on top, screwed in. Other than the luan sides and shelves, the wood was mostly stuff that I had on-hand or could get right here in town. Six coats of rub-on poly were applied on the pine and about 4 to the luan.

I learned a lot doing this project and there are a few things I would do different if I made another one. For starters, I would have used pine for the drawer front or poplar for the door rails/stiles so they would have looked the same. I was real pleased with how the glueup for the drawer front came out, using my router to joint the edges. However, try as I might, I couldn’t get the poplar to stain well, even with pre-stain conditioner. I had thought that if I did it again I would have the grain on the side and back panels run vertically instead of horizontally but as I look at the pictures, I think horizontal is better.

I am pretty pleased overall with the way it turned out and am very pleased every time I use my drill press and don’t have to fumble with it on a shaky table or a workmate.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".





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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 03-18-2008 02:19 AM

wow great project. what kind of drill press do you have. looks like a bench top. I’m in the market for one too. i think that that’s a good idea. i think that when i get mine I’ll have to make something like that. thanks for the post.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#2 posted 03-18-2008 02:34 AM

The drill press is a 10” Delta Benchtop. At a little under $100, it was about all could afford but it works very nicely for small to medium projects.

JimC

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 03:04 AM

Very nice cabinet, Jim. And it adds much needed storage to your shop.

Poplar can be a challenge to stain and, yes, it can take stain unevenly. When we finished our basement I put in poplar trim and stained it. Here is a picture of one of the doors:

Poplar Door

This is with no conditioner, sanded to 150 and I used Minwax Early American with a poly finish. There were some green areas but these faded to brown after a while.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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woodup

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#4 posted 03-18-2008 03:30 AM

When I saw the door opened with the storage of hard cases….. I thought to myself….. I need something just like that! Nice Project!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#5 posted 03-18-2008 04:47 AM

Scott, your poplar trim looks very nice. You had much better luck with yours than I did with mine! Guess I’ve got to experiment some.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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cajunpen

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#6 posted 03-18-2008 05:45 AM

Good looking cabinet. Like almost every project we do, it can be a learning experience.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#7 posted 03-18-2008 07:07 AM

Looks useful to me. Maybe some paint accents?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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rikkor

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#8 posted 03-18-2008 01:24 PM

Good way to help keep the shop organized.

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kshipp

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#9 posted 03-18-2008 01:53 PM

I really like the storage for the hard cases. It would be cool to add drawer slides to the shelves so you could pull out the shelf and open up the tool case.

-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com

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John Gray

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#10 posted 05-11-2008 08:37 PM

Great job THANKS!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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