Parts Storage Cabinet (for workshop)

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Project by unisaw2 posted 02-28-2010 04:21 AM 7372 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Design Guidelines: Extra sturdy drawers, must be able to easily pull out drawer, and sit flat on bench. No hardware to keep costs down. Use existing shop white oak, hickory, and reclaimed pine. Keep dust out.
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18 Drawers, each named after US presidents in chronological order. When building and finishing, your job is to get all the drawers back in their correct order. (top 3 are marked, and yes, I still have to look at the list!)
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Finish is pigment stain, shellac, satin polyurethane. All hickory runners are waxed for better movement.

This is the Upper cabinet – I will make the base next.

Overall a good project, somewhat time consuming, but the drawers will last forever.

Update 2-21-2016: Great storage cabinet, drawers still sliding well. Currently working on building the base.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 04:43 AM

This is a nice addition to your shop. We all could use extra storage and this cabinet certainly provides it. With as many drawers as you are going to have when you finish the base I would need a label on the outside of each drawer to keep track of what is inside each one. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 05:27 AM

Looks as if the drawer fronts as quatersawn white oak with all that ray fleck in them. Nice looking project and I know all about time consuming. I’ve just recently got done with a chest of drawers for my shop and it seemed as though it took forever. But when done it was well worth the effort as it was much needed storage space for parts and tools. But I sure as heck didn’t use quatersawn white oak for the fronts. Maybe it’s not but still looks beautifull.

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 05:42 AM

Beautiful cabinet. That’s a lot of drawers to make,

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 05:52 AM

very nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 05:54 AM

Great way to label your drawers.

I learned to do the alphabet backwards by reading the encyclopedia book binding.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 06:04 AM

That looks like a real nice piece to have in the shop.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Abe Low

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 07:42 AM

Very nice job. I just realized that by making furnishings for my shop, It is only me that I have to please.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 08:09 AM

Very nice looking workshop furniture/storage.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 08:15 AM

Whole lot of drawers but well worth the effort.

beautifully done

-- dannymac

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 08:51 AM

Nice work on all those Drawers 18 presidents in a row? I’m lucky if I remember the first one … wasn’t Flip Wilson? LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 02-28-2010 11:51 AM

Great looking storage cabinet! Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 02-28-2010 01:34 PM

A wonderful piece for a very nice shop. You will get a lot of use out of all those drawers and I think it was very smart to have those shallow drawers at the top.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 02-28-2010 02:02 PM

Nice cabinet. Much nicer than rolling metal cabinets which would have cost a grand. Being a history buff I like the presidents names too. I made a couple of dressers recentlywith 16 drawers. and just named them A1-D4, how boring.

I’ve got a special presidential trivia question for you JJ:

The most common place name (cities, towns, villages, etc.) in the United States, with 29 occurrences, is the last name of a former U.S. President, although not a single one of the municipalities is named after him. What is the name?

-- Glen

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#14 posted 02-28-2010 03:20 PM

great build, excellent

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 02-28-2010 03:50 PM

Looks like it will last forever great job


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