Workbench Drawer Storage

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Project by wunderaa posted 05-24-2012 07:26 PM 16760 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Soon after the completion of my workbench, it was clear that I needed some accessible storage because the top was constantly covered with clutter. I made this set of drawers over the past couple of days to address the issue.

The case is made from 3/4” birch plywood and utilizes 100lb Shop Fox drawer slides. The drawers use 3/4” plywood sides with vertical sliding dovetails into a 1/2” plywood front. They have a 1/4” plywood bottom which is fitted into a dado around the perimeter. Finally, they are faced with 1/2” plywood and some shop-made walnut handles. Finished with wipe on poly.

I’m not sure if this is an “accepted” method for drawer construction, but I’m very pleased by the relative ease of construction and their solid feel.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 08:05 PM

Nice. I will probably be making some drawers for my bench if I ever get through with it. I now exactly what you are talking about clutter on the bench. I move it and it winds up in the way again and again. UGH!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 09:28 PM

Very Nice, You will love them…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 09:54 PM

@Gshepherd – I’m sure I will! Hopefully these look somewhat familiar to you. Seeing your post the other day got me motivated to make these!

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 01:05 AM

I’ve never tried the sliding dovetails for drawers but it looks like it worked very well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 11:46 AM

I used the sliding dovetail for the drawer fronts on my router table and they have held up quite well (3 or 4 years now). My only gripe about them is the amount of tearout in the plywood which can be corrected by using a sacrificial board.

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 12:16 PM

Looks good and it will give you a lot of storage. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 12:24 PM

Nice. And a very acceptable way of making drawers in my mind.

Just a note, for just a few bucks you can pick up iron-on veneer tape at the big box stores. It does not change the structure at all, but just gives a nicer view when opened. Iron it on and trim it back before cutting the dovetails. Purely cosmetic, but hey, this is a shop.

Good job, you will love them,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 07:03 PM

Very nice wonderaa. The use of sliding dovetail joints is a huge improvement over the box joints I used on my plywood drawers. I also like the beefy drawer pulls. They’re shallow too, so that you won’t bump into them while working and break them off.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#9 posted 01-17-2015 03:33 PM

I’m new to this site and have one question: Where can I get plans for projects such as this? I just purchased a Home Depot Fold-Out Wood Workbench and need drawers for it.

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#10 posted 01-17-2015 04:32 PM

No plans for these unfortunately, just sort of designed on a napkin for my bench. If you like my design, I’m happy to help you with design and construction for your application!

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#11 posted 01-18-2015 11:51 AM

I’ll post a comment as soon as I can get some preliminary plans sketched. Thanks…

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