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Forum topic by Pabs posted 12-06-2021 06:06 PM 332 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pabs

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12-06-2021 06:06 PM

hey guys

in the process of moving things around in my workshop.I have the long side of my garage where I can put a long bench. This is where I will put my miter saw. I’ll be making this is as narrow as possible (guessing 24 inches). Anyway, looking to add storage under the bench and thought of the ides of buying a used dresser. found one that’s almost 6 feet long (i can probably get for 75$, a sheet of ply is more than that right now). 9 drawers in total. It’s older so made of solid wood/ply. I need to go check to be sure they will be strong enough. Even playing with the idea of slicing the top three drawers in half to make sets of shallow drawers.

Wondering of the pros and cons according to those of you who have gone, or attempted, this route.

thanks

P

-- Pabs


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#1 posted 12-06-2021 06:22 PM

i’d say depends on how much you use it, i have mine on wheels in the shop, can be moved, but opted for no long table, but instead put on a mitre saw mobile stand (factory type with wheels, its basically a cut off saw for us, only if its too long for the TS.
good luck, i have found over the years, its best to sometimes re evaluate the space, change it up some, a little tidbit of success comes from change on occassion
Rj in az

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#2 posted 12-06-2021 07:41 PM



i d say depends on how much you use it, i have mine on wheels in the shop, can be moved, but opted for no long table, but instead put on a mitre saw mobile stand (factory type with wheels, its basically a cut off saw for us, only if its too long for the TS.
good luck, i have found over the years, its best to sometimes re evaluate the space, change it up some, a little tidbit of success comes from change on occassion
Rj in az

- Knockonit

I use mine quite a bit actually…it’s set up now on another wall. the move to this new wall is to remove the big bench I have at end of garage and replace it with a long , narrower bench on the side. the dresser with drawers would be on wheels likely…most everything in my shop is on wheels (except my mitre saw actually). And I agree, it’s good to change it up. kinda the idea with this project. by putting drawers under this bench I will be able to get rid of a few cabinets and use the space better…that’s the idea anyway :)

-- Pabs

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#3 posted 12-06-2021 08:06 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with it other than you’d have to be careful regarding the amount of weight you’d put in the drawers. One impact gun would weigh more than all the shirts you could fit in the drawer. If you don’t mind having to be mindful of the weight then go for it. You can always paint it to match to so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb

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#4 posted 12-06-2021 08:15 PM



I don’t see anything wrong with it other than you’d have to be careful regarding the amount of weight you’d put in the drawers. One impact gun would weigh more than all the shirts you could fit in the drawer. If you don’t mind having to be mindful of the weight then go for it. You can always paint it to match to so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb

- JCamp

that’s the thing. the dresser I’m looking at seems to be built super solid. like with overkill drawers. I could reinforce if needed or like you say be mindful of their potential weakness. I could use to store stuff that is lighter, like my boxes of sand paper for example and keep the heavy stuff for another set of drawers

-- Pabs

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#5 posted 12-06-2021 09:29 PM

If it is really strong, you should be OK. I have a sturdy chest of maple that the wife wanted out of the house. I’m debating internally about what to do with it, whether to make shallower drawers or not. I bought five used 2-drawer metal filing cabinets for underneath my work bench. They were $40 apiece, about 20 years ago. They have held up well, and can hold a fair amount of weight. They are fairly deep, so I either put bulky items in them or put in totes one on top of the other so there isn’t a lot of wasted volume.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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