Wood Shop Storage Bench

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Project by woodgraver posted 08-17-2016 11:55 PM 3164 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has taken me quite a few weekends to finish, but I had some “damaged” Brazillian Cherry flooring that I thought I could put to good use making a storage bench. I used pocket holes for the drawers…which are made from 1/2” plywood. I used my CNC to cut the dadoes and for the drawer slides I just used pieces of the flooring as runners on the sides and lubed them up with beeswax. The finish is just Danish Oil…it really made the wood pop. I am trying to decide what to use on the top…I’m leaning toward General Finishes Arm -r-seal. I’m probably going to have to spray the drawer fronts too…they collect dust very easily.

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#1 posted 08-18-2016 01:33 AM

Well done. When you get tired of it in the shop, it would be right at home as a bedroom dresser or as an entertainment center.

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#2 posted 08-18-2016 08:16 AM

very nice work, Looks really nice and never enough storage.

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#3 posted 08-18-2016 10:30 AM

This is a great use of salvage flooring…and it looks fantastic…really too good for a shop bench!

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#4 posted 08-18-2016 12:27 PM

Um yeah… “damaged” looks great and almost too good to put in a shop. Great work!

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#5 posted 08-18-2016 01:22 PM

All the above and more!
Super nice for the shop and being flooring it’s made tough to start with so should stand up pretty well on it’s own but a nice temporary top in those areas that get used most wouldn’t hurt.

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#6 posted 08-18-2016 02:01 PM

very nice great work

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#7 posted 08-18-2016 03:10 PM

That’s a great piece of shop furniture and a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 08-18-2016 03:31 PM

2 nice 2 use ….... I be afraid I would dent it …....LOL…....GREAT JOB


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#9 posted 08-18-2016 03:41 PM

wow, that is awesome looking. way to nice for a shop

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#10 posted 08-18-2016 10:07 PM

nice job. what’s the space between the drawers for?

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#11 posted 08-18-2016 10:10 PM

Nice & clean, looks great.

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#12 posted 08-18-2016 11:47 PM

Thanks for all the compliments. There will be a shelf in the space between the drawers for a couple of tool bags, etc. This isn’t my shop “work bench” I have another one for beating things into submission…this was really just designed so I could get better organized. Since I had the flooring from an unfortunate water leak…I just figured I’d use that. I didn’t make a dent in the stack of wood…about 300 sq ft. I think for my next storage project I’m going to try and make a wall cabinet to store glues, paints and stains.

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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#13 posted 08-19-2016 02:46 AM

Excellent work, looks fantastic!!

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#14 posted 08-19-2016 03:09 AM

It must weigh a ton. Jatoba is a beautifully dense wood. Nice work.
With jatoba there is not much chance of denting it.


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#15 posted 08-19-2016 04:05 AM

It’s mostly plywood, just the drawer fronts, top and face frame are Jatoba. And since I planed it down from flooring stock, it’s only .6” thick. You are right about the density, it’s a very durable wood!

-- Jim Pyle, Woodgravers, belfair, WA,

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