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The Recycled 38 Drawer Storage Chest

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Project by dpow posted 1223 days ago 3534 views 33 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many of you lumberjocks know, it doesn’t take long before you begin to accumulate a vast supply of extra stuff such as hardware, knobs and drawer pulls, extra drill bits, small hand tools, etc. I had coffee cans , peanut butter jars , and boxes full of all different things. I wanted to build some kind of a storage cabinet that was easily accessible and able to use as a bench or workstation, since I’m short on shop space. What to build??? Last Spring my boss tells me he’s ripping up an oak floor in his house and was going to burn the floorboards. He said I could have them if i wanted. The trouble was, when the boards were taken up they were pretty busted up – (cracked, broken) not reusable for flooring. It was beautiful oak, just very short usable pieces. I pulled the nails, scraped off the finish, then ran them through the planer. I built 35 drawers from those floor boards, 3 1/2 high x “7” wide x 20” deep. You can stiill see some nail holes in some of the drawer pieces. I then built the cabinet box from some recycle kitchen cabinets I had, then built the bottom 3 drawers from the plywood cabinet’s doors. The only purchased items for the project was a piece of oak veneered plywood for the top, the polyurethane for the drawers and 24 of the 41 knobs (17 knobs were in the vast hardware supply I was talking about before). The green paint was leftover from another project. Less than $55.00 invested and lots of storage. Overall dimensions are 56” long x 36” high x 21” deep.
Pity the fool who tries to move it.

-- Doug





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mangoman

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#1 posted 1223 days ago

Wow! Great idea and very nicely done!

-- Randy, SoCal

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rozzi

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#2 posted 1223 days ago

Very nice cabinet. You saved a tree and some money. Well done usefull project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Duane, Iowa

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MrsN

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#3 posted 1223 days ago

That is awesome! I wish it was in my shop, oh the things you could store!
Great Job

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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Dandog

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#4 posted 1223 days ago

that is a good repurpose. If I had that thing I might be organized. Looks great

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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zlatanv

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#5 posted 1223 days ago

Great job! love recycle projects, only problem I would have is I would have to look through every drawer before I found what I was looking for.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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dakremer

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#6 posted 1223 days ago

what a great looking project! I’ve really come to like this type of storage cabinet with the TONS of drawers. Really can keep you organized! Great job!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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NormG

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#7 posted 1223 days ago

Wonderful piece for the shop

-- Norman

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sras

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#8 posted 1223 days ago

This is an excellent idea! Great way to dress up your shop and gain some organized storage.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Raskal

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#9 posted 1223 days ago

gawd that is AWESOME. I’d kill for some oak flooring to re-purpose :)

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Lee Barker

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#10 posted 1223 days ago

I’m thinking maybe your next tool purchase will be a labeler. Wonderful thing.

Great cabinet, great concept, beautifully done. You exude deserved pride!

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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dorran

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#11 posted 1223 days ago

Sweet build. So how many drawers are still vacant?

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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steliart

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#12 posted 1223 days ago

excellent storage drawer chest, very nice work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Ken90712

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#13 posted 1223 days ago

Great job! Now just remembering where things are in all those drawers will be fun! The will be a quiz in the morning LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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amateur

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#14 posted 1223 days ago

I am inspired. Thanks for posting.

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Dusty56

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#15 posted 1223 days ago

This is a really great project and the fact that you were able to recycle so much , makes it all the better : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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