|Project by woodbutcherbynight||posted 11-09-2011 01:53 AM||3293 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
As most of us would complain I have a small shop so space is always an issue. So much hardware and odds and ends collect and before you know it cannot remember where you put it, or have to look through the proverbial junk drawer, box, or hiding place if you even find it. To help with this I decided to make drawer inserts for the deep drawers of a workbench I built before I went to Iraq for 3 years. Each drawer was made to have 7 1/2” of depth. I made my inserts at 3 5/8” and laid out what I wanted to store then worked out the details for the seperation on each drawer. Not being one to waste wood I used scrap pieces of 1/4 Luan for my dividers and some 1/2 plywood leftover pieces Bearpaw dropped off one afternoon to make the drawers and bottoms. In making the handles I experimented with several ideas finally settling on a handle that drops down to the back. For this I used some precious Mahogany from my Pen Making stock and cut to 5/8 then rounded the edges. The handles are from one of the kids puzzle boxes they broke.
(Scrap is found in many places one has to be creative. I recall my Grandfather saying one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.)
My son sanded for a few hours and then managed to do some nice work in staining all the many pieces. Three coats of poly to make it nice and shiny as he commented and it was done. Nothing like a good Father and Son project to leave lasting impressions in a young mind. His only comment was that this takes a long time and can we do this faster next time? Yes I had the quality verses quanity discussion and as most Fathers can attest, it fell on deaf ears today but will be remembered later…maybe. (Laughing)
-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.