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Project by curliejones posted 01-31-2013 08:51 PM 1982 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the very wet weather of 10 days ago, I started a couple of projects designed for tool storage. Just finished these a couple of days ago. The mini-chest-of-drawers is designed for holding drilling accessories and is made to sit atop the base of my floor model drill press. I am preparing to tear down the old shop and start anew, so I’m trying to make good use of material on hand, including some 3/4” pine shelving. Approximately 12 inches square and twenty four inches tall, it has six drawers, two each of depths 2”, 3.5”, and 4”. I put the drill press on a wheeled base, the Harbor Freight model, and have seen other LJs make use of the “dead space” just above the foot of the drill press. I cut dadoes into the solid pine sides of the case and glued and nailed corresponding slides onto each side of the drawers. The drawer knobs came from a kitchen remodel a dozen or so years ago – I never throw anything away. There’s a 1/4” plywood back on the case and the bottom of the case just touches the drill press while the longer sides sit on the plywood top of the wheeled base. As I re-familiarize myself with sound techniques, I learned a few things doing the project. – The second piece, the chest, is intended for router and router accessories storage. The things I learned from the drill chest-of-drawers came in very handy, e.g., set up stops and cut all identical lengths at the same time. The panels were cut from sheet goods 3/8” thick; this was part of a lumber yard “Yard Sale” where I came home with a big stack of various sheet goods. I did spend around $16 on hardware to get the finished product I wanted. I found the bail clasps a bit tricky to install, but they do provide good closure, a good thing in any undertaking.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 08:54 PM

Oh! I forgot to mention how much “Pretty Boy” aka “Toes” likes these. He’s a polydactile Siamese, and likes people a lot!

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 09:03 PM

Nicely done! I love the look of that little trunk.

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 09:38 PM

This is great, you did a nice job!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 12:25 AM

well done looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 12:01 PM

Thanks for the kind words. These were a good practice run and no pressure since they’ll be collecting dust and dirt before long.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 01:00 PM

Good job. Storage is always a big issue.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 01:51 PM

Nice project and cat! I have a polydactyl as well, theres a picture of the monster on my rocking chair project.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 07:16 PM

Great looking projects, like the wood and finish on the drawers and chest. They’ll be used and abused around the shop.


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#9 posted 10-07-2014 01:48 AM

Fantastic workmanship on these Dennis, I especially love the chest. It’s “garjus”

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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