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Project by JD13 posted 04-29-2016 02:02 AM 2524 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the bottom set of drawers I made for the rolling black wire shelves in my shop that go with the first set of museum-style drawers that sit on the second-to-bottom shelf. I wanted these to be larger for bigger tools and stuff but wanted them to still look thin and like museum drawers like the first set, so I made a simple shallow dado/groove in the middle of them to make them look like 2 smaller drawers (kinda faux). Still stuck to cheap 5/8” plywood from Home Depot – the B/C oak stuff – for the carcass but these drawers were out of 1/2” instead of 3/8” since they would hold bigger/heavier stuff. Finished them the same way as the first set with same hardware, so see the details on the other set for finishing and hardware. One more set left…phew! Those will go on the top to hold all my screws and sundry small parts and will look more “card catalog” style and will have pull-out boxes inside the drawers for the screws and stuff.

-- JD from Elk Grove

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#1 posted 04-29-2016 02:25 AM

That’s really nice looking. I really like how you kept the grain pattern consistent throughout the front.

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#2 posted 04-29-2016 02:41 AM

A man can never have enough drawers. I envey you.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 04-29-2016 07:09 AM

These look really good. I like the “faux” touch. Did you make the brass nobs?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 12:03 PM

Really nice looking.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 04-29-2016 01:26 PM

Drawers and clamps… never too much!

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#6 posted 04-29-2016 01:40 PM

look great

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#7 posted 04-29-2016 02:31 PM

That is a great storage unit for the shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 04-29-2016 04:12 PM

Hey Jim – thanks. The knobs are just brass thumb nuts from Albany County Fasteners with brass screws. 1-4”x20. Here’s link:

-- JD from Elk Grove

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#9 posted 04-29-2016 05:19 PM

One nice set of drawers…..

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#10 posted 04-29-2016 06:42 PM

Awesome drawers!

How did you do the slides? Do you have dados cut in the side plywood and the drawer bottom extends into to dado? If so, what are the sizes for the bottom and the dado cut and do you put something on them to make them slide better?

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#11 posted 04-29-2016 08:29 PM

Pretty beautiful!

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#12 posted 04-29-2016 08:59 PM

Hey Blazerdog – you hit it on the head. 1/4” dados to go with 1/4” plywood bottoms. And yes, a little Johnson’s paste wax goes a LONG way! Almost too easy to slide, I’ve almost pulled the drawers out a couple of times! The drawer sides are all just 1/2” ply joined with glue and nails and with simple L-shaped grooves. They don’t really ‘lock’, but the dados give extra glue surface

-- JD from Elk Grove

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#13 posted 04-29-2016 09:50 PM

All i can say is WOW – great looking drawers – thx for sharing

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#14 posted 04-30-2016 04:47 PM

Very nice. I like the way you extended the drawer fronts with rabbeted joints to hide the drawer sides. A much cleaner look .

-- Cheers -- g

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#15 posted 05-02-2016 12:23 AM

man thats a nice job on those,but in my shop the cabintry tends to take a beating so they wouldnt look that nice very long.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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