Tool stand for small garage/shop

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Project by Richforever posted 10-06-2009 04:50 AM 5070 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needing a stand for my drill press, I experimented with joints and finishes. Most joints are mortise and tenon. Drawer boxes are dovetailed. I cut the draw pulls rather than buying them. 2×4’s are the main pieces (there were some in the corner of the garage).

The project became more complicated – making side pieces so the drawers go in only straight; putting in pieces to keep the drawers from tipping when pulled out a long way. Adding stops in the back to align the fronts with the carcass. Experimenting with edge banding the top.

Finish is another experiment. The draw fronts are rosewood stained pine with a gloss polycrylic topcoat. The case is natural minwax oil with varathane top coat. The edge banding is rosewood stained hemlock with varathane topcoat. Amber shellac is interesting in the drawer boxes, but I’d use clear shellac next time.

Overall size is about 26” high, 13” wide, and 25” deep.

With the drill press I can make holes for euro style hinges so I can eventually make my kitchen cabinets. That’s the plan. This helped in figuring out what I need to do in the kitchen, plus I got another tool!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 05:07 AM

Great unexpected benefits, and a really nice looking final outcome.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 07:20 AM

That’s not funny, building living room furniture for the shop like that! You better get that cabinet back into the living quarters, before you mess it up in the shop!. Seriously, nice build and method for checking out various techniques. Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#3 posted 10-06-2009 07:28 AM

Too beautiful to be in my shop.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 06:41 PM

Nice, very nice, RichForever. I admire folks like yourself that can come up with different ideas to do things , like shop furniture. If people come into your shop like they do mine and say”did you build that”, and ask questions about things you’ve built, it kinda gives you a good feeling to say”Yea, I did”.
I really like nice shop furniture, and try to build good stuff that will last a lifetime. Quality anything is always better than cheap—- if people want cheap, let them go to WalMart. Rick.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 06:53 PM

I’m liking this drawer tool stand a lot. Put casters on it? Of coarse a pair with top stretched across would make a work bench too.

Nicely done… functional and it looks good too.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 12:08 AM

Nice looking cabinet.

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 02:31 PM

Very nice piece. Building furniture for the shop is a great way to test new techniques and build up your skill set. I have people say why did you build such nice furniture for your shop, that belongs in the house. They don’t understand that it is a skill builder.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 08:07 PM

Very nice. I think there is also another reason we build nice things for the shop. When we mess up, and we all do, and our better halves gives us the cold sholder for a few hours. We want to feel comfortable while waiting for forgiveness. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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