|Project by JL7||posted 09-01-2012 05:53 PM||6800 views||60 times favorited||33 comments|
I wasn’t originally going to build drawers for the bench because it so hard to find everything…...but then I saw this post from Triumph1 and saw the Kaizen Foam and knew this was the way to go.
I’m a big believer in Lean Manufacturing systems, which was first developed by Toyota – some basic info here.
Drawers of any kind really are NOT considered Lean. The concept of Lean is to place the tools at the point of use, and this works well if you are building the same thing everyday, but not so much in a shop where you build different things every day.
So this was a compromise – drawers with a specific purpose and place for each tool. Makes cleanup a little simpler because you know what tools are missing. Taking photos of the drawers from time to time is a good thing also if you forget what goes where…...or would that ever happen?
I tried to sort the drawers based on tools I may use together and not necessarily by type….
The cabinet shells are Bamboo plywood (I got a big stack of this off CL for $25). Drawer fronts are also Bamboo with Jatoba accents and pulls. Drawers sides are Maple. Drawer bottoms/slides are hard-board. Cabinet back is 1/4” Walnut Ply which was laying around. Finish is Tung Oil.
The workbench is Hard Maple and Jatoba, so it matches pretty well, original bench post is here. A couple years ago I built the shop cart you see in the first photo using Hard Maple and Jatoba flooring scraps, and a Bamboo storage chest. This current project was loosely based on that, but changed the drawer pulls and accents.
Build details are here.
The foam can be had at Rockler, if you happen to have a store nearby, which I am lucky enough to have…...info on how to use it is here. Check out the video links there. I love the stuff and most of the smaller scraps can be used other places…..like the glue holders:
I know the glue holders are a bit over the top, but it’s nice to have them close at hand and it’s scraps!
Some photos from the drawers:
Left some room to grow in some of the drawers, plus 3 or 4 drawers are still empty….......
A couple more photos:
This was a fun one to build, and I’m guessing it’s not done yet…...
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.