Storage for the "Workbench of Many Colors"

  • Advertise with us
Project by treeman posted 1797 days ago 4220 views 9 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.

14 comments so far

View RetiredCoastie's profile


999 posts in 1809 days

#1 posted 1797 days ago

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?

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

View woodworm's profile


14124 posts in 2217 days

#2 posted 1797 days ago

Very nice, I really like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

View John Gray's profile

John Gray

2370 posts in 2512 days

#3 posted 1797 days ago

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

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

View treeman's profile


208 posts in 2076 days

#4 posted 1797 days ago


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.

View NBeener's profile


4806 posts in 1800 days

#5 posted 1797 days ago

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

View cabinetmaster's profile


10874 posts in 2184 days

#6 posted 1797 days ago

Great looking workbench and drawers. Fantastic job.

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

View treeman's profile


208 posts in 2076 days

#7 posted 1797 days ago

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.

View CharlieM1958's profile


15684 posts in 2845 days

#8 posted 1796 days ago

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

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

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13337 posts in 2299 days

#9 posted 1796 days ago

Nice workbench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2697 posts in 1913 days

#10 posted 1796 days ago

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

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

View kcrandy's profile


285 posts in 2059 days

#11 posted 1795 days ago

Would that I were at “novice.”

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

View treeman's profile


208 posts in 2076 days

#12 posted 1795 days ago

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.

View stadler's profile


12 posts in 1802 days

#13 posted 1793 days ago

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.

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile


11908 posts in 1783 days

#14 posted 1626 days ago

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... :)

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase