|Project by SPalm||posted 05-13-2012 08:30 PM||5301 views||40 times favorited||47 comments|
My new set of UnderDrawers. A Dozen of them. It feels so good. Smells better too.
I have been trying to organize the shop. I needed a place to store all the little stuff and hand tools, so I built a cabinet under the bench. I had built my bench mainly out of Douglas Fir 4×4s (that I bought at Home Depot) years ago when I joined LJs. I wanted to tie these drawers with that theme, so I bought another DF 4×4 and re-sawed it to use in this build. It should age in color and match the rest of the bench someday.
The carcass is built out of maple ply with DF edge banding. I built two cubes about 18” square out of 3/4”ply using biscuits for joinery. I ran 1/4” dados across the sides before assembly. The drawer bottoms over-hang the drawer sides and ride in these grooves.
The drawers are 1/2” maple ply with iron-on edge banding (74 feet of it, yikes). I used a locking rabbet at the corners to hold them together. The drawer sides are then glued on top of a sheet of 1/4” ply and pin nailed from the bottom. I then re-sawed some more DF and made false drawer fronts. They are 2.5” deep.
The drawers seem to work very well. I don’t detect any sticking and hold a fair amount of weight. It sure is a lot faster and cheaper than drawer slides. Besides, I have seen this style before and just had to try it. I need to put in some padding and dividers, but there sure is a lot of storage.
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