Workbench Drawers - Cleaning the clutter

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Project by doubleDD posted 01-19-2016 05:26 PM 2436 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I took a good look at my bench-top and noticed how cluttered it gets when working on a few projects at a time. I don’t always put things away if I will be using them later on that day or the next. After a few measurements I figured I could squeeze in a drawer under the top and the cabinets below. This way I could throw all the smaller things in the drawer and have it readily accessible when I need it again without having to put it all away. After finishing the drawer I looked around to see what lumber I had to use as the front. Was lucky enough to find a couple resawn pieces left from a log and figured it would give it a good look. Didn’t really want to waste some of the nice boards I had so it worked out great. After finishing it last night I decided to add one more. Off to H.D. for another drawer slide. They make quick storage for things that I constantly use and will help keep the working surface open.
They are 14’’ w x 18’‘d x 3’‘h. I gave the bark a couple coats of lacquer and the bark really became secure.
Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 05:27 PM

Very cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 05:32 PM

Good idea. Love the drawer fronts. Great job buddy

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 05:47 PM

Nice idea, I have same problem during project process. I like those live edge fronts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 06:20 PM

Nice one Dave, looks real good.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 06:26 PM


Good save! For me I have the slides, but the drawers are down on my to do list.

Do the fronts provide enough hard surface for constant use? ( I’m thinking a pull?)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 07:02 PM

They look cool but don’t they get in the way when you have to lean into the bench?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 08:40 PM

Don’t stop there. I think you’re on to something.
Could be a whole new furniture style !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 08:59 PM

Thanks Monte. Some of your work is probably what gave me the inspiration.

Thanks hoss, it does look cool even at the workbench.

Ivan, throwing it in the drawer temporarily is like sweeping it under the rug. But it works for me. haha

Thanks Jerry.

Thomas, with the couple of coats of lacquer on it, the bark became very strong. I think it will outlast me.

UncleStumpy, they are recessed about an inch under the top and seem to be out of the way. Time will tell but I don’t foresee any problem.

John, you know I have already been thinking of a box of all live edge. After the finish is put onthemthey have a nice sheen to them. I will definitely be using these again for one project or another.

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

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#9 posted 01-19-2016 09:19 PM

John, you know I have already been thinking of a box of all live edge.

I’m not seeing it that way. If you do all live edge, you’re just making another piece of “rustic” furniture.
If you made something like a refined Shaker table with drawers, and then used the log look ONLY for the drawers, you’re elevating the piece to art.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 01-19-2016 09:49 PM

My trouble is, I create more space & storage then over fill it!.
Nice job Dave.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 01-19-2016 10:26 PM

Clever solution to the inevitable “horizontal surface” dilemma we all suffer in our shops….Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 01-19-2016 11:24 PM


A wonderful way to Return to Nature…

I have the same problem…
... I don’t think I have enough room for all of the drawers it would take to solve the problem. :)

My shop is in dire need of a major clean-up… It’s hard to decide on where to Start!

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

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#13 posted 01-19-2016 11:25 PM

Absolutely love the drawer faces Dave.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 01-19-2016 11:28 PM

Great work Dave….I love the live edge…..very nicely thought out. Space in the shop is so important, we struggle to move things around to make room for something else and try not to lose sight of things as we do this… have made a space which will be well used.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#15 posted 01-19-2016 11:45 PM

Very nice and organised Dave that live edge is a feature but it is all far to tidy for me I wouldn’t be able to find anything if it was organised. Well done and enjoy your space.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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