Shop Organization #9: Workbench Cabinet (Part 2)

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 02-25-2008 05:01 PM 5782 reads 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Drawer Parts Galore

I started by squaring some panels to the width of the drawers. To save time I rabbeted the entire panel. Later I would rip them to create the sized drawer fronts.

Testing the drawer front fit. You can see the drawer pieces in each cubby awaiting their fronts.

The backs of the drawers are held by dadoes 1/2” in from the back of the drawer. I got to spend some quality time with the new crosscut sled.

If you squint you can see that there is another 1/2” piece supporting the stock during this cut.

Then I dry fit each drawer.

Rabbets in the front, Dadoes in the back.

Fitting to the cabinet… Testing…Testing…..

The pulls on this are simple holes drilled to create a finger pull.

I marked all of the drawers at once with a framing square.

I set up a simple fence and stop system at the drill press to drill the 1 1/8” holes

Holes in place. (The bottom left ply was a leftover and a little bendy.. I think it will straighten out when attached to the drawer. I will make it straighten out. Ply: Gulp…

A quick test of the pull and the drawer space.

Next up
Assemble the drawers.

Thanks for reading. Cheers!

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

8 comments so far

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 02-25-2008 06:43 PM

very nice and very functional

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 02-25-2008 06:45 PM

Looking good so far Giz. Doing all those drawers is a pain, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 02-25-2008 07:46 PM

Really looking good, John. plumb functional as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-25-2008 07:55 PM

John -

I have really enjoyed your recent posts. Excellent work! That is going to be an awesome bench. Delayed congrats on the new saw . . . very cool!



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#5 posted 02-25-2008 09:35 PM

great progress!

drawers drawers and more drawers. Are you tires of doing drawers yet?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 02-25-2008 10:21 PM

There are 10 drawers but once I size the pieces, it is not that big of a deal. I try to run work in batches, use stop blocks, to save time.

Unfortunately these required customization do to some creative design early on.

I try to get into the zone and enjoy the process. Working with the ply makes it pretty quick.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 02-27-2008 07:03 AM

I love how this process is going…and, I really like the style of the holes for pulls. That’s what I was going to do on my little case – which is now in limbo, but went for hardware instead. Looking good John!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 02-27-2008 07:37 AM

Dorje, These pulls are about as simple as it gets.

Glue up is going to be interesting on the drawer. I am looking forward to finishing these. I hope not too much time left till I get to store stuff.

Why is your case on the back burner?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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