Shopnotes Drill Press Storage Solution

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Project by Ken90712 posted 04-28-2014 02:55 PM 3364 views 32 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a while since I have posted a project. I have made a bunch cutting boards for customer’s and figured I have posted enough of them in the past. The woodshop has become full; some tools have had to be moved to the garage instead of living in the shop. As we acquire more and more tools, storage seems to be most of us woodworker’s common problem.

I was reading Shopnotes and they had this Drill Press Cabinet that utilized the wasted space underneath the press. It is on casters, so it rolls out of the way if you need to lower the table for any work. I had to change the plans as far as the size to fit over my base and depth of the cabinet to have the proper clearance.

I used 3/4 Birch prefinished plywood, 1/2 inch for the drawers, 18 inch self-close, full extension Accuride ball bearing drawer slides. The plans calls for leaving the plywood edges exposed to give it an industrial look. I was on the fence about this look, but a good friend of mine ( my Welding Mentor ) loves that look so we joked about it and left it. I have just under $200 into it total. Slides were 80 and 3 sheets of plywood around $100 with some left-over of course.

The cubby holes on the sides are a nice idea to use the wasted space around the pole of the drill press. This project is built with rabbets and dadoes and does a great job of hiding most all the screws.

It was a fun build and now I have alot of my drills and accessories all in one spot. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate..

Thx for looking.

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

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jeff robinson

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 03:03 PM

great use of unused space. do you recall what issue of shop notes it was in.

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 03:09 PM

Looks good. I need to make one.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 03:55 PM

Great idea well done Ken.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 03:58 PM

Hi Ken!

Good to see you’re still kicking! :)

Nice job on the drill press cabinet!
I can see how it really provides a lot of good space to store stuff…

Thanks for sharing!

Take care…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 04:11 PM

I think we all could use this. Looks great, and great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 04:25 PM

Ken that is really neat.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 04:35 PM

What issue of ShopNotes was that in? That is PERFECT for what I am looking to do with my drill press…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#8 posted 04-28-2014 05:17 PM

This was built in episode 707 of the Woodsmith Shop show. Free plans are available here.

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 05:40 PM

Interesting idea, I just might have to do this for myself. Great job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 05:45 PM

Thats a nice project and you can’t beat more storage.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 04-28-2014 07:14 PM

Outstanding… go to the top of the class…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#12 posted 04-28-2014 07:37 PM

Well done cabinet Ken and a nice solution without sacrificing your drill press capacity. I have a floor model DP too, but I rarely use more than about eight inches between the bit and the table, but it is nice to be able to when necessary and you have done that rather nicely. Good thinking!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 04-28-2014 07:40 PM

Great looking project, Ken. I really like the idea of having all of the drill accessories in one place.

Well deserved “Top Three”!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 04-28-2014 07:50 PM

Very good idea to utilize that space. This will surely be a hardworking project you’ll enjoy for many, many years.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#15 posted 04-28-2014 08:27 PM

Thanks. I got the plan. This is a GREAT idea.

I noticed you are using some sort of pre made mobile base, looks a lot like the Harbor Freight mobile base. How did you adjust the plans for the cart to deal with that base?

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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