Lathe Chest of Drawers

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Project by PaulHWood posted 09-03-2015 09:49 PM 1560 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, idea for drawers:

Seemed like an inexpensive way to create many small drawers. Also, due to depth, there is not much stress on the runners.

Ply case, ply draw construction with locking rabbet, glued, pin nailed and clamped. Used a solid piece for the front so grain would match, thought I should attempt something I usually don’t think of. Used some scrap pine for the handles.

Stores all of the lathe tools, and then some.

One tip I would give if you are building this type of runner is to make the carcass, then make all the drawer bottoms and test fit.

I then made all the draw parts and loose assembled in the carcass; this allowed me to grab a few that I had clamps for and once finished slide back in. I sanded the grooves and the bottoms so they operated smoothly, and when all complete used some paste wax on the bottoms which went from smooth draws to super glide.

Lathe table can be seen here:

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#1 posted 09-03-2015 11:46 PM

Great job. This is an excellent way to improve efficiency when doing lathe work. I had my lathe tools and supplies everywhere. With all the added weight there’s no need for sand bags, etc on the bottom.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 09-04-2015 02:19 PM

Nice job! I don’t have a lathe (would love one if I had the space) but this has inspired me to redesign my own workspace to incorporate that thing called… oh what is it called now? Oh yes! “Order”. That’s it

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#3 posted 09-04-2015 02:28 PM

With those drawers that cart/machine stand becomes a great shop organize. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 09-04-2015 04:41 PM

Very nice organizational project! Looks great.

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