|Project by TheGravedigger||posted 11-15-2007 09:50 AM||6625 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a simple cabinet -style stand for my table-top drill press. Like my workbench, it was made using common building materials. The carcase is frame-and panel construction using dressed 2×4’s and 1/4” plywood. The top and adjustable shelves are 3/4” plywood edged with oak for durability. The drawer is 1/2” birch plywood. The pulls are made from scrap oak using 1/2”-radius cove and round-over bits
Joinery on the carcase is with biscuits, which is possible due to the fact that the plywood panels are glued into their grooves—something that would be disastrous with a solid-wood panel. The drawer has tongue-and-groove corners, and the 1/4” plywood bottom is again glued in.
The outside of the cabinet is finished with three coats of 50:50 BLO & spar poly, which is rapidly becoming my favorite for a simple Watco-style finish at a much lower cost. The inside components are all finished with shellac. A close look will reveal that the drawer front has a rubbed-shellac finish. I was experimenting with this type of finish for the first time, and said, “What the heck, why not?”
I decided to place the drawer inside the cabinet to eliminate the need for a third rail on the front. This would give me a bit more room for shelf space, and hopefully help keep chips and dust out of the drawer. Most of my bits, etc. come in their own cases, or have already been organized in boxes. This made shelf space more important than drawer space, so one 4” drawer seemed sufficient. The cabinet is made wider than normal to help eliminate any tippiness when a long piece is being drilled.
As you can see from the third picture, the cabinet has been fully shop-kitty tested and approved.
-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com