Evolution of a workbench-turned-storage-cabinet

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Project by RB F posted 12-20-2014 05:28 PM 2150 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tool and hardware cabinet started out as my primary workbench circa 1992, when I shared work space with a washer and dryer, laundry sink, and a water heater in a one car garage (2nd pic).

Then it followed me into my new shop in 2007 and got some drawers added; but still needed drawer facings (3rd pic).

Now that I’ve built a real workbench, it’s transformed into a storage cabinet. Because I hate to waist space, I made the drawers much shallower (in height), allowing more drawers to fill otherwise dead space. The shallowest drawers are 2 1/16” in height overall. Very few tools measure more than 1 3/4” in their smallest dimension.
Drawer facings are C grade southern yellow pine. I made the drawer pulls out of some water (white) oak that I felled in ‘08 and made my new bench out of. I made sure to make the pulls ergonomic as possible (6th pic). My index finger hooks under them nice and firm.

Now, enjoying my extra storage space, and looking for things to put in it! There have to be some tools I still need!!

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 06:56 PM

Just realized I should have posted this in “shops”, not “projects”.

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 08:03 PM

Huh!? looks like an evolution project, like so many in my shop!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 12-20-2014 08:12 PM

Looks great.


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#4 posted 12-20-2014 09:06 PM

Nice to have a design that is flexible and grows with your needs.
Shallow drawers are also something I appreciate since space is always at a premium for many of us.
Looks great, as well.

Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 12-21-2014 02:49 PM

Looks like some great storage. I need to build myself something like that.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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