shop bench with lots of storage #2: progress on the drawers

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 06-04-2012 11:05 PM 1487 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It starts with a plan… I know their not super sophisticated, but with a few 1” pin nails to help reinforce the glue joint, they feel pretty solid.

I’ve had this stack dado for a while now, but haven’t had need of it till now…so I had to make an auxillary fence and a ZCI

Here’s the set up for cutting the lap joints

first lap joint

gluing up the drawers… I really need to get some more clamps…. I like using the paper towel roll to keep the glue bottle upside down, so I don’t have to wait for it to flow to the tip.

drawers anyone?

Only six more to go!

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#1 posted 06-05-2012 01:47 AM

Looks good.. I find drawers tedious, but that’s probably because I’ve build a lot this spring.

So, just glue and no fasteners? I would be afraid it would pull apart without nails or screws.

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#2 posted 06-05-2012 01:04 PM

I’m reinforcing with 1” brads…. and the drawer slides support from the bottom….

Though I’ve refurbished drawers, I’ve actually never built them from scratch before…. so it’s a learning experience for me….. and I may learn to regret doing it this way.

I’m basically following the construction method shown in the plan I downloaded…. and have only modified the size, height and materials slightly.

perhaps I should put a few sheet rock screws in as well?

The MDF was cut to size and has been stacked neatly in my basement forever…. it’s still dead flat, though it has swollen about 1/32”. I compensated for that by making my rabbit a little deeper in order to hold the 18” overall width dim.

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 05:28 PM

Good job on getting those drawers knocked out. Not a huge fan of MDF…. okay I hate the stuff, but then again, different environments call for different materials… Hope wherever you are isn’t humid…

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#4 posted 06-05-2012 05:43 PM

I’m not exactly crazy about MDF either…. but as mentioned, I basically salvaged it as scrap, along with the particle board. Up untill today, the drawer slides are the only thing I had spent money on, and today I bought a sheet of melamine and the drawer pulls…. so that’s another $25. All total… I’ll have less than $100 into the build.

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