My New UnderDrawers

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Project by SPalm posted 05-13-2012 08:30 PM 7218 views 43 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new set of UnderDrawers. A Dozen of them. It feels so good. Smells better too.

I have been trying to organize the shop. I needed a place to store all the little stuff and hand tools, so I built a cabinet under the bench. I had built my bench mainly out of Douglas Fir 4×4s (that I bought at Home Depot) years ago when I joined LJs. I wanted to tie these drawers with that theme, so I bought another DF 4×4 and re-sawed it to use in this build. It should age in color and match the rest of the bench someday.

The carcass is built out of maple ply with DF edge banding. I built two cubes about 18” square out of 3/4”ply using biscuits for joinery. I ran 1/4” dados across the sides before assembly. The drawer bottoms over-hang the drawer sides and ride in these grooves.

The drawers are 1/2” maple ply with iron-on edge banding (74 feet of it, yikes). I used a locking rabbet at the corners to hold them together. The drawer sides are then glued on top of a sheet of 1/4” ply and pin nailed from the bottom. I then re-sawed some more DF and made false drawer fronts. They are 2.5” deep.

The drawers seem to work very well. I don’t detect any sticking and hold a fair amount of weight. It sure is a lot faster and cheaper than drawer slides. Besides, I have seen this style before and just had to try it. I need to put in some padding and dividers, but there sure is a lot of storage.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 08:39 PM

Very practical addition to a mighty fine workbench…

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 08:48 PM

Steve thats a nice work bench, now you have all kinds of storage got to favor this one .always look froward to your projects. being from the south i just got threw a bit by new uderdraws why would he build those you can get them at wal mart LOL .those look great and the handles sets it off too but seeing your project its not such a surprise you are one of the woodmasters on this site.a new set of draws always feels good too :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 09:00 PM

very nice steve

always good to get better organized
‘course now you have to remember
where everything is again

i like drawers too
i cn never find anything on shelves
after the dust settles
it all looks the same
ans things get shoved to the back

great bench

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 09:01 PM

That’s a beautiful bench I love your underdrawers too nice and clean.How did you get on with those vices ? I bought at christmas a veritas type patternmakers vice but your bench is really a joy to behold. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 09:01 PM

You are welcome to come to my shop anytime you want & help me organize it as beautiful as your organizational workbench!!!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 09:10 PM

Wow Steve, think I’d be toooo scared to use that bench, what a masterpiece & the drawers just top it right of :))
great job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 09:14 PM

I look at your wonderful bench and drawers and try to get inspired to get my shop organized, but it may take another couple of years of LJ’s showing me their’s.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 09:21 PM

Great job Steve, you can never have enough drawers in the shop, and yours are top shelf!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 05-13-2012 09:32 PM

Good work. A lot of extra storage space and a perfect addition to your beautiful bench.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-13-2012 09:33 PM

Ok one word for that bench and set of drawers,


ok two, great job.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#11 posted 05-13-2012 09:50 PM

Hey Steve – nicely done! That is a superb bench and now the matching storage really sets it apart. I used this drawer design on my shop cart drawers and they certainly work just fine. I don’t have any stops on mine so I just have to remember not to be too rushed and dump the drawer…...

This will serve you well…........

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 05-13-2012 10:08 PM

Very nice Steve.

Organization, although I do fight it is often actually a good thing. That said, if you must fall under it’s seductive spell, you can take solace and retain your sense of dignity by doing an outstandingly beautiful job of it. At least that way, even though you miss your beloved chaos, you can enjoy your fine workmanship.

You have such nice under-drawers!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 05-13-2012 10:19 PM

Super set of drawers, Steve. with so many will you label them?


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

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#14 posted 05-13-2012 10:28 PM

Wow! Nice looking and functional!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#15 posted 05-13-2012 10:41 PM

Great looking drawers. Nice build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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