Storage for the "Workbench of Many Colors"

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Project by treeman posted 09-20-2009 05:57 PM 5950 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I consider myself to be a novice woodworker. I am in the process of improving my skills and like to try new techniques when I build a project.

Some of you may remember my project; the “Workbench of Many Colors”. That turned out to be a great project and I use it practically every day. In completing the workbench, I tried a number of new techniques for the first time including hand cut mortise and tenon joints, hand cut dovetails to attach the apron, and also wedged and draw bored mortise and tenons.

The latest addition to this project was to add two storage units to the space underneath. Each unit has 4 drawers and are basically identical. For the first time on this project I used box joints for the drawers and full inset drawers that would magnify any errors in fitting the drawer fronts. The drawer fronts are book-matched from unit to unit for each row of drawers. The drawers are supported by full extension drawer slides. The bottoms are lined with cork to protect my edge tools from potential damage.

Construction includes a maple plywood box with miter and spline corners, poplar drawer sides, white oak fronts (same as the workbench apron), and sapele for the drawer pulls and trim.

To fit the drawer fronts, I built a shooting board for hand planing the drawer fronts in order to get a perfect fit. This technique allowed me to get a single credit card clearance around all of the drawers (check the pictures).

Finish is three coats of danish oil followed by paste wax.

This was a very satisfying project and will be a great addition to my workbench. I am very happy with the results especially the box joints and the inset drawers.

Thanks for looking and providing the inspiration and knowledge that allowed me to tackle this project.

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 06:00 PM

That is really nice. I like the contrasting color it really sets it off. Are those the credit cards you used to finance this build?

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 06:02 PM

Very nice, I really like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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John Gray

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 06:12 PM

Wonderful bench!!
I really like the plane drawer and your assortment of planes is the drawer lined with cork?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 09-20-2009 07:41 PM


All of the drawers are lined with cork to protect any sharp edges and it also helps to keep things from sliding around. I will use this unit for most of my hand tools and my finer measuring and marking tools.

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#5 posted 09-20-2009 09:26 PM

Very, very nice.

Clearly, you did amount of thinking through, in the planning stages. It shows.

Your life will probably be better if you leave the credit cards right there :-)

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 09-20-2009 09:28 PM

Great looking workbench and drawers. Fantastic job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 09-20-2009 10:25 PM

For those that mentioned the credit cards; they aren’t actually credit cards at all. Actually, they are casino player club cards. For a few years after I left my job, I made a living as a professional gambler but that’s a story for another day.

I may be in the minority, but I have ZERO credit card debt. I learned a long time ago not to buy what I can’t pay for in full when the bill comes. The biggest life lesson I have ever learned is that as long as you spend less than you earn, you’ll never be broke.

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#8 posted 09-21-2009 02:01 AM

You may consider yourself a woodworking novice, but I consider you a first-class talent.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 09-21-2009 02:52 AM

Nice workbench!

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 09-21-2009 05:19 PM

Looks to me like you have a little experience. Good job!


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#11 posted 09-22-2009 03:15 AM

Would that I were at “novice.”

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#12 posted 09-22-2009 11:50 AM

For all you doubters, yes, I truly am a novice. I have improved by learning new techniques and trying new things but my projects pale in comparison to the many works of art posted here on Lumberjocks.

All of my woodworking so far is self taught. When I find something I want to try, I research and test until I feel comfortable with the techniques involved. I am fortunate that I can build my projects with no financial or time pressures. I work to my own schedule purely for enjoyment and self satisfaction. I am willing to take as much time as required to build a project that I am satisfied with.

Lumberjocks has been a great source of inspiration and knowledge. I have found many projects to try and much knowledge to learn here.

For all of the other LJ novices, I encourage you to study the projects, read the blogs and learn.

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#13 posted 09-24-2009 03:49 AM

Most impressive. You do very clean work. I’ve got a bench I bought at an auction for $100. It came with the vices and the top is salvaged bowling alley. I thought it was cool, until I looked at your pictures.

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#14 posted 03-10-2010 04:52 AM

nice design on this bench…. love the added storage you included… most benches are open under them, this is a better use of the space…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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