Workbench Build #16: Storage - Pt. 1

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 08-09-2012 12:30 AM 4838 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: 3 Way Mitered Cube - the Cabinets Part 16 of Workbench Build series Part 17: Storage - Pt. 2 »

I know, this blog series should have died by now…..and I’m not a huge fan of tucking away stuff in drawers…....

But I can’t figure out a better use for all that precious space under the workbench.

So I figured that drawers are the best use of space and I will fill them up as I go.

Also not a plywood fan, but I did score a fair batch of 32” x 40” bamboo plywood pieces, so here we go…

This is a little cabinet I made a few years ago using the bamboo:

That little cabinet rolls around with my shop cart now:

Anyways – that is the background for the current build. The bamboo plywood machines pretty well – just have to REALLY watch out for splinters…...and it will easily split along the long grain…....

Some photos:

Note the split:

Photos don’t show that well, but the bamboo ply is quite nice:

Dry fit:

Glue up:

Test fit under bench:

I acquired some thin Maple boards, but were still rough, they planed down to ~0.400” so they will be drawer sides:

Drawer parts cut:

Dilemma – some of these thin Maple boards have crazy nice curly grain…...didn’t realize this at first…...using them anyways…....I will secretly enjoy the curly grain each time I open these drawers… a classic knot:

More to follow soon…...........thanks for looking..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 12:51 AM

That’s a pretty clean shop Jeff. Do you ever build anything??? : ) Nice use of the bamboo ply. You’ll be able to stuff the drawers full and never find it again….. Or is that just me…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 12:58 AM

Marty – I don’t actually build anything…..these are just google image photos…..just like to hang out here…..

You are RIGHT – will never find anything again. Tuck it away and forget it forever…here we come!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 01:06 AM

Why am I not suprised you got some bamboo ply? : )

The drawers/cabinet look super clean. I know I would like to have some more drawers, who wouldn’t? Keep up the great work.

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 01:17 AM

Hey Shane – Thanks…...The bamboo was a lucky craigslist score…..$25 for a big stack…just glad I can use it for something useful…...appreciate it!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 01:34 AM

Nice shop, nice cabinet, and nice bamboo ply.

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

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 01:38 AM

Jeff cats and knots I am digging it. The storage space is very cool. I do like the grass. I priced that stuff one time and best I can remember it is pretty pricey. Nice job Jeff, I do admire you craftsmanship.
Now the tool tray on the side of your bench is a plus as well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 01:39 AM

I really thought you were going to make chopsticks outta that ply!

Oh yeah, nice cabinet (so far)!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 08-09-2012 02:22 AM

Hey Andy, Dave and Randy…thanks guys….......appreciate it…..Randy – it’s always about the food huh? I will make some chopsticks out of the scraps and send them your way…....bon appetit!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 07:38 AM

Hi Jeff;

That’s a good looking shop.

Nice cabinet, too.

What’s that, 80/20 frame work for the bench?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 08-09-2012 12:01 PM

Hey Jeff,

Looking sweet. I love drawers as it keeps the dust out, but I have to admit that I loose things in them. Thought about little name plates on the drawers, but that seems so peg-board-ish. I know, it’s a personal dilemma. We need to find a happy medium.

Love the posts,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 08-09-2012 12:20 PM

Comin along nicely. That is one hell-of-a bench also. I see the kitty is watchin over things.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 08-09-2012 12:55 PM

Beats my workshop drawers, I just use offcuts of mdf, ply, whatever. They are the best form of storage in a turning workshop because of all the chips. The only way I can keep track of where things are is to keep an alphabetical list with a number on each drawer.


my bowl pages

-- Terry,

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#13 posted 08-09-2012 03:12 PM

Lee – yes – it’s 80/20 frame work…..I acquired the material for free, so why not?? Someday I may build a wooden version…..

Hey Steve – I like the new phrash….peg-board-ish…..I can definitely relate!

Thanks Roger! Kitty doesn’t always get to watch – only on special occasions!

Terry – I checked out some of those bowls…..pretty incredible! Thanks.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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