|Project by curliejones||posted 01-31-2013 08:51 PM||1277 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
During the very wet weather of 10 days ago, I started a couple of projects designed for tool storage. Just finished these a couple of days ago. The mini-chest-of-drawers is designed for holding drilling accessories and is made to sit atop the base of my floor model drill press. I am preparing to tear down the old shop and start anew, so I’m trying to make good use of material on hand, including some 3/4” pine shelving. Approximately 12 inches square and twenty four inches tall, it has six drawers, two each of depths 2”, 3.5”, and 4”. I put the drill press on a wheeled base, the Harbor Freight model, and have seen other LJs make use of the “dead space” just above the foot of the drill press. I cut dadoes into the solid pine sides of the case and glued and nailed corresponding slides onto each side of the drawers. The drawer knobs came from a kitchen remodel a dozen or so years ago – I never throw anything away. There’s a 1/4” plywood back on the case and the bottom of the case just touches the drill press while the longer sides sit on the plywood top of the wheeled base. As I re-familiarize myself with sound techniques, I learned a few things doing the project. – The second piece, the chest, is intended for router and router accessories storage. The things I learned from the drill chest-of-drawers came in very handy, e.g., set up stops and cut all identical lengths at the same time. The panels were cut from sheet goods 3/8” thick; this was part of a lumber yard “Yard Sale” where I came home with a big stack of various sheet goods. I did spend around $16 on hardware to get the finished product I wanted. I found the bail clasps a bit tricky to install, but they do provide good closure, a good thing in any undertaking.
-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"