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A few weeks back I built a new workbench.  I have an excellent plan that I recommend from Amazon.com (Basic Workbench and 6 Ways to Beef it Up: Downloadable Woodworking Plan).  It includes six different upgrades to the bench.  I really liked the drawers upgrade that is in the plan and I decided to build those and attach to my bench.  If you want to see more information on what it took to make the workbench and drawers check out my other post over at: woodlogger.com.

  Materials
For lumber, I purchased everything I needed at Lowe’s.  The plan called for using MDF for the frame of the shelf.  I’ve only used MDF a couple of times and I’ve never been happy with it.  I wanted to give it another shot, but my opinion still stands.  It’s cheap and easy to handle, but everything about it just feels like Extremely Heavy thick cardboard.  It dings easy, doesn’t hold screws very well, and you just get the feeling that about 1 oz. of water poured on it and the whole thing would swell up and fall apart.  That having been said, I suppose if there was ever a good application for this wood a shop project would be it.  Not a lot of lumber is required for this.  My total cost for the shelf of drawers was approx. $50.

  • (1) 3/4” x 4’ x 8’ MDF
  • (3) 1/4” x 2’ x 4’ Hardwood (You could buy larger pieces and cut down, but I had some scrap I wanted to use)
  • (4) 1” x 4” x 8’ Pine Boards

  Milling & Assembly

After rough cutting my lumber per the plan.  I then cut grooves that were 1/4” wide to support the bottom tray of the drawer.  I completed this by doing two passes on my table saw.  Just as accurate and a little faster than pulling out my router table.

After cutting all of my grooves I then drilled pocket holes into my boards.  I used my Kreg Jig to do this.  The plan calls for cutting a dado on one end and building your drawer that way.  It’s definitely a little prettier to do that, but I chose to make it quicker (this is for a workbench in my garage not my living room).  Another benefit of using pocket holes instead of a dado was that it shortened the length of two boards per drawer by 1”.  Which allowed me enough room to get an extra side on my 8’ pine board.  I saved some money by doing that.

I completed the assembly of my drawers using pocket hole screws

Completed Drawer (1 of 3)

After completing the drawers it’s time to move on to the case.  I cut 1/4” grooves into the sides (using the same technique that I used for the drawer bottoms) of the MDF case.

I built the case using glue and 2” screws.  I also used hard wood strips inserted into the grooves on the sides to support the drawers.

I completed building the case, and inserted the drawers.  Next up I attached the two top cleats that will be used to hold the case in place on my workbench.  I glued and screwed them in on top, however in hindsight I think it would have been a tighter fit had I screwed it in from the bottom.

Finishing
Not a lot to finishing this one.

I applied one coat of Danish Oil to the drawers (not the case).  I also attached some handles to the drawers. If you want to see more information on what it took to make the workbench and drawers check out my other post over at: woodlogger.com.
 

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com





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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 742 days ago

Nice Set of drawers !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 742 days ago

Well done!

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

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Revrand1

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#3 posted 742 days ago

I built the same workbench, but I still need to do the drawers. Thanks for the details on the process!

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JohnnyAbe

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#4 posted 741 days ago

Exact project I did! Well done.
I love mine!. Love the Kreg jig too. Create my whole case and drawers using pocket holes.

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dbhost

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#5 posted 741 days ago

Your disdain for MDF is slightly less than mine. I hate that material. Produces a dust cloud that would compete with LA smog, swells up if you look at it while sweating, holds a screw like a kid in the rodeo holding on to a greased pig… Poor excuse for a material…

Having said that, I love the work you did with this addition. Never would have thought to use pocket screws for something like this. I might have to break out my pocket hole jig for a couple of projects I have coming up.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 740 days ago

great job!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Daris

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#7 posted 740 days ago

These really turned out better than I thought they would. (I still hate MDF) but the Kreg tool made it a little easier.

-- Daris, Indianapolis, http://www.woodlogger.com

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RKaste

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#8 posted 740 days ago

Nice, a real handy addtion to the workbench

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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