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Project by Julian posted 762 days ago 3450 views 24 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The open space underneath my workbench was the most practical place to put some drawers. Now I have the tools that I use the most at the workbench within arms reach. This project took several months to complete because I did not have much time between work, completing projects on the “honey do” list, and just life in general. This project was my first opportunity to practice hand cut dovetails and work with veneer in over 30 years.
I used paper backed veneer and contact cement which worked out pretty well. The center veneer is flat cut sapele and the other is ribbon cut sapele. The black strip is the ribbon sapele dyed with black ink. I was too cheap to buy black dyed veneer. The cock beaded around the drawers is mahogony with red mahogony stain. All finished with clear shellac; about 4-5 coats.

-- Julian

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#1 posted 762 days ago


-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#2 posted 762 days ago

Pretty fancy for a shop !

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#3 posted 762 days ago

Beautiful work.

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#4 posted 762 days ago

Drawer’s fronts are especialy beautiful

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#5 posted 762 days ago

What a great job. Very nice looking.

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

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#6 posted 762 days ago

Looks more like fine furniture than shop storage.

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#7 posted 762 days ago

Very refine Julian, its nice to see the fruits of your labor in the shop as well…BC

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#8 posted 762 days ago

Absolutely lovely drawer fronts! Looks much too nice for a shop, but then again why shouldn’t beautiful tools have a beautiful place to live?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#9 posted 762 days ago

Just stunning Julian. My own drawers are primitive by comparison, but I’ll say that functionally, they have been fantastic. A huge amount of clutter disappeared and tools I use frequently are at hand. I also like that less-used tools, like joinery planes, are protected from the dust milling about. I think you will love the difference the drawers make in your shop. And enjoy the beauty of your work for years to come.

So, no stiles between the drawers correct? Just the two-compartment carcass for the drawers?

And you veneered right over the front drawer poplar panels correct?

What drawer slides did you use?

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#10 posted 762 days ago

Gorgeous drawers, probably more work than I’d put in for shop furniture, but that’s just me. Also, never done veneering, so there’s another reason why.

What’s the wood you used for that bench, ash?

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#11 posted 762 days ago

Wow! I would be afaid to use it in the shop…

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#12 posted 762 days ago

Thanks for all the compliments. The main purpose for making such fancy drawers was to develop my skills before I take on my next project. My wife thinks I’m nuts for using this in the garage. Brad- full extension slides from HomeDepot. Grfrazee- yes; ash.

-- Julian

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#14 posted 762 days ago

Beautiful job Julian. Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 762 days ago

Nice Lookin !!

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

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