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Project by peterbb posted 02-24-2012 10:58 PM 4443 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cabinet is made with 3/4” Baltic Birch plywood, with maple trim around the top. The drawers are 1/2” Baltic Birch, with 3/4” Home Depot plywood fronts.

The size of the cabinet was determined by my large socket wrench set which now lives in the second drawer. The full extension slides allow me to open the case without removing it from the drawer – so I don’t have to clear some bench space for it whenever I need a wrench. The last photo shows the previous home for the socket set – a sliding shelf hung from an Ikea shelf.

The cabinet is on casters – fixed at the back, and double locking in front, so I can move it out of its corner if I need to work on something long.

I think I’ll remove the vise eventually, as I would like a little more flat space beside the drill press. (although any flat space in my shop/garage seems to soon get covered with “stuff”.)

-- Peter





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doncutlip

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 11:03 PM

Now that’s the way to do it, I like it. And because you have it on wheels, if you ever decide to get a floor standing drill press you and push this over the base and use otherwise wasted space.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Gabe C.

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 11:41 PM

Man, that is one nice setup! I especially love the continuous drawer front look. That thing puts my two shelf drill press cart to shame. Great job!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 11:54 PM

Very nice cabinet Peter That adds tons of storage space.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 07:02 AM

The drawer fronts look great. You thought this one through….............

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

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 01:35 PM

That’s a very nice shop cabinet and it will pay off in your shop with dividends.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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rdjack21

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 03:43 AM

Really like your drill press cabinet. I’m planning on building one myself next week but was planning on 3 drawers but I think I’ve changed my mind after looking at yours.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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peterbb

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#7 posted 02-29-2012 07:22 PM

Thanks for the comments!

rdjack21: I don’t like deep drawers unless you plan on storing tall things in them. If I had deep drawers, what I wanted would be at the bottom, under several layers. With the shalllow drawers I made, everything should be easily accessible.

-- Peter

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PineInTheAsh

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#8 posted 02-29-2012 07:46 PM

Great Job!
What’s it from floor to cabinet top?

Thanks

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peterbb

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#9 posted 02-29-2012 08:53 PM

The cabinet is 36” tall.

-- Peter

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#10 posted 03-02-2012 03:11 AM

Real Nice. What’s the dimensions of the top. It looks just right for a drill press and I bet it isn’t top heavy when you roll it around.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#11 posted 03-02-2012 03:53 AM

Welcome to LJs, where your wood addiction will be condoned, nurtured, fed and never interviened (is that a word?)!!

You DP table looks great & really functional. I need one!

Care to trade my “Idea of a cabinet” for your actuall cabinet?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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peterbb

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#12 posted 03-02-2012 07:50 PM

The cabinet is 27” wide by 25” deep, and the top is 36” from the floor. It is mounted on #” casters.

There is a sketchup model of the carcass at http://www3.telus.net/peterbb/drill%20table.skp The model doesn’t show the 1/2” wide maple trim I put around the top, or the drawers.

-- Peter

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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#13 posted 03-02-2012 08:41 PM

Thanks for posting the info and the sketchup. This is it. Got two more projects started and need to finish then its the drill press cabinet. Will post when I finish

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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Manitario

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#14 posted 03-02-2012 08:53 PM

Nice cabinet! This is on my “to-do” list…How do you find the stability of it on the casters? I’ve found that having my drill press on anything with wheels gives it too much shake. I also like the “Mastercraft” drill press, nice to see some other Canadian Tire fans on this site!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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peterbb

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#15 posted 03-02-2012 10:06 PM

I haven’t moved it around (and I know it will be rocky in some areas of my garage, as the floor is very uneven in spots) but it seems very solid where it is parked. I’ve hacksawed some things in the vise without noticing any movement.

The casters are the heavy duty polyurethane casters from Lee Valley: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=66166&cat=1,240,66331

-- Peter

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