Drill Press Accessory Cabinet

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Project by ZacPrunty posted 10-13-2016 05:29 PM 4897 views 38 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow Lumber Jocks.

Posting some pics of my recent shop project.

I was tired of fumbling through all my various drill bit boxes to get to the ones i use most often, so i built this cabinet to house them and make them more readily available for use. This cabinet fits nicely on the wall near my drill press which has already dramatically improved my workflow. I love having the bits I use most out in plain sight.

Woods used were Birch Plywood (case and door), Red Oak (top, bottom, and edge banding), and Pine (slatted door). Accented with Brass piano hinge, knob, and drawer pulls. No fancy joinery on this build. Sanded to 300G. Finished with 3 coats of Semi-Gloss Poly Urethane, sanding lightly between coats.

It should be noted that this project was inspired by John Heisz’ Drill Press Cabinet:

John does some great work and when I saw his design above, I wanted to achieve something similar with a smaller overall envelope and footprint. I really liked the fact that the slatted door opens to allow more space for drum sanding attachments, hole saws, etc.

Also, it may be noticed that the bottom bits appear to be hard to remove and that is completely true! One modification I made to that bit holder after my “oh shoot” moment was to add a 10degree wedge to the back of this holder to allow the bits to angle away from the wall a bit for easier access. Always learning and improving!



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#1 posted 10-13-2016 06:43 PM


-- My "projects" always look better with beer goggles.

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 07:56 PM

Hey, that’s pretty cool. Love the swing out door with extra storage behind. Well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 08:21 PM

Very nice and pratical.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#4 posted 10-13-2016 09:15 PM

Beautifully done! It’s a wonderful shop storage fixture.

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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#5 posted 10-14-2016 12:15 AM

That’s really great. Lots of good features and super practical.

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#6 posted 10-14-2016 12:46 AM

Very nice job!

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#7 posted 10-14-2016 03:17 AM

Looks great. I guess I will have to make one.

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#8 posted 10-14-2016 04:25 AM

I do not say many positive things but when I do it is because of a project or idea that is this good

great work great project great usability

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#9 posted 10-14-2016 01:40 PM

Great work! Congrats for Daily top 3 and Editor’s choice!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 10-14-2016 03:41 PM

Nice job Zac.
Well organized and nice to look at.
Hart to top that.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 10-15-2016 06:05 PM

Great idea. Cool project. You’ve made you own version of a slat-wall system. Slay-wall is what we call the walls inside of some of the stores we build. Usually in a smaller store, like at the mall. This gives me another idea for use of some of the aluminum slat-wall track I have stashed. So far I’ve used some to make a guitar shelf for my kid.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 10-17-2016 01:07 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback and comments!! It is all sincerely appreciated!!! :)

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#13 posted 10-18-2016 01:55 PM

great design, made my favorites

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#14 posted 02-01-2017 02:08 PM

Very nice! I really like this. It is now on my “to do” list.

-- Shawn, Houston Texas

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