30 Drawer Tool Cabinet to go with Workbench

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 997 days ago 5080 views 19 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tool cabinet for my friends, Roger and Ellie – Roger’s Goddess of more than fifty years – to go along with the workbench shown in the pictures. The cabinet has 30 drawers, five drawers wide and six drawers high. It’s 63” by 24” by 24”. Much of it is made from repurposed materials. The drawer faces came from kitchen cabinet doors. The sides for the drawer boxes were made from a plywood entertainment center and short leftovers from another project. The maple pulls were fashioned after a Matthias Wandel design I found on his site, I used hard maple for the drawer runners and most of the cabinet box is birch plywood.

My inspiration for doing it can be found in the last photo.

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#1 posted 997 days ago

Wow…..that’s a really nice work bench that you made for your friends…Plenty of storage under the bench is almost a must-have in a shop….30 drawers….that will hold a bunch of plunder….As always said…you can never have enough storage…kind of like clamps… Well done….. I like the handle pulls, too…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#2 posted 997 days ago

That’s a work bench to envy. The next thing I’d invest in is a label maker. I’ve got about a third that many drawers in my bench and still end up opening 2 or 3 drawers before I find what I’m looking for.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#3 posted 997 days ago

Really looks nice

-- Joe

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#4 posted 997 days ago

Now THAT’S storage!

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

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#5 posted 997 days ago

I am officially jealous. What a kind gesture on your part. I have a new workbench that I have to put together and I’ve been thinking about adding some drawer storage to it. I like your design and implementation.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 997 days ago

Would like more shots of the pulls. Were those made too?

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#7 posted 997 days ago

Really nice job…your friends should be very happy with that cool system.

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#8 posted 996 days ago

How am I supposed to get that thing out of the basement…..I guess I’ll have to cut a hole in that wall. What time do you leave for work? kidding aside, That is the ultimate bench drawer set. We can never have enough clamps or drawers. Nice job.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 996 days ago

He will get a lot of use out of this; It’s a nice shop table.

-- 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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#10 posted 996 days ago

Just great! I’ll take two!

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#11 posted 996 days ago

GREAT JOB!! and good use of reclaimed materials!

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#12 posted 996 days ago

yep, the only problem with this is i would not remember which drawer I put it in LOL great job.

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

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#13 posted 996 days ago

To echo many others – WOW!

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#14 posted 996 days ago

This is probably a dumb question. I have always thought this looked like an inexpensive alternative to store bought drawer slides but what keeps the drawers from coming out too far and landing on the floor?? Is there some kind of drawer stop????............

-- mike...............

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#15 posted 996 days ago

Wow, very nice!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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