Drill Press Cart w/ 44 drawers!

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Project by twobyfour16 posted 02-28-2016 10:51 PM 3435 views 16 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had two problems in my small garage workshop. I had a drill press cart that was rapidly falling apart, and I had (have) a desperate need to organize all of my miscellaneous hardware (screws, nuts, bolts, etc.) I had some leftover walnut plywood, and some walnut lumber that had been edge glued. I picked up the lumber cheap a while back, because it was poorly edge glued (regarding color matching). This was a design-on-the-fly project, for sure. First the funky cabinet. I envisioned 4 regular sized drawers on the front of the cabinet, and a bunch of smaller drawers on either side.

I had some Sapele mahogany that was less than 3/4” thick, and I had just enough to make a bunch of drawers. I had never made a box joint before, and I had not tried out my incra LS router fence set-up (with the right angle jig, Incra template, and 1/4” whiteside straight bit.

I love the incra system. Considering it was my first attempt at drawers using box joints, they turned out better than I expected. The biggest challenge I had was the Whiteside 1/4” bit was not EXACTLY 1/4”. This made things tricky, because the Incra system & templates are designed for bits that are EXACTLY the dimension required on the template. So, a lot of fussing around, but still a very quick way to do a LOT of box joints.

Sapele drawers with inside dimensions of 4 1/4” wide, 5” long, and 4” deep. 20 on each side, and all with a walnut drawer face. After a LOT of sanding, everything has a coat of General Finishes seal-a-cell, and a couple coats of General Finishes Arm-rseal.

4 regular sized drawers in the front, with the bottom one deep enough to put some of my corded power tools. I have not filled up the small drawers yet, but have already identified one significant potential issue – it is HEAVY. And, it is going to get HEAVIER when I fill up the 40 drawers with stuff. It has good casters, all swivel locking casters, so i think it will be ok. Thinking of installing some sort of handles somewhere that I can grab onto while moving around the shop.

I have WAY too much time & material invested in a rolling shop cabinet. But, I am still a relative beginner, so this was a great project to work on some skill building – learning the Incra system, in particular.

Thanks for looking. Let me know what you think of this monster…..

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 11:30 PM

Beautiful job! Very useful and well done! I’m jealous!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 11:34 PM

nice cart.
As someone who has a card catalog from a library, good luck finding your screw… you’ll wind up opening every drawer to find something :-( .

Seriously it happens, but the good thing is you know it’s somewhere in the drawers.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 12:38 AM

Jeez thats gorgeous! Are those rubber casters? I might be wrong, but i think I read somewhere that they don’t handle heavy loads well over time, maybe some red polyurethane casters would work better?

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 12:51 AM

Incra LS-III & M1000 miter gauge are an unbeatable addition to any saw!

Nice work


-- Madmark -

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 01:00 AM

Great job, turned out great! Are you thinking of doing some kinda profile for top with router?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 01:19 AM

”Thanks for looking. Let me know what you think of this monster…..”

Well I think it’s FANTABULOUS !

Excellent job !

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 02:13 AM

Beautiful & practical, excellent project. congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 02-29-2016 03:41 AM


That’s one great-looking cart! I LOVE drawers. What a great use of the mismatched glue-ups. You did a fine job of arranging it on the drawer fronts. Walnut shop furniture is pretty classy.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 02-29-2016 04:01 AM

That is fantastic looking the wood just makes that thing pop. Oh and it looks very practical as well. Those drawers are something else.

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#10 posted 02-29-2016 04:26 AM

That is a whole bunch of drawers in one cart! WOW. You have invested a lot of time, but it looks like it came out great. Nice build.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 02-29-2016 10:03 AM

Your project looks fantastic.I like the wood combo.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 02-29-2016 11:03 AM

Time well spent, I’d say. Great job.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#13 posted 02-29-2016 11:28 AM

You couldn’t have gotten 45? Just kidding, great work, you will never be sorry for having storage

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 02-29-2016 01:22 PM

Did you use dado’s for all of the squares to accept the small drawers? Great looking cart, very nice!!

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#15 posted 02-29-2016 03:08 PM

Awesome cart! That is a lot of drawers, wow!

-- Tim, Delaware,

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