|Project by twobyfour16||posted 02-28-2016 10:51 PM||2471 views||16 times favorited||20 comments|
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