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Project by Jimbo817 posted 08-07-2013 07:46 AM 3129 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since my workshop is a two-car garage, and I have to make space in the winter to put the car in, I wanted all my benchtop tools to have their own cabinets and be on wheels. So far, this is my first project in that endeavor. Because I always try to use things that I have on hand to build with, the base of the cabinet is made from some old “cube style” drawer units I built quite a few years ago. I built two cubes with three drawers each. Because of the desired height. I could only use 4 drawers, so I cut one off of one unit and put it on the other. The exoskeleton is made from 1×4 reclaimed lumber. I made the bench top from 2×4 lumber which I ran through the table saw to cut off the curved edges. I glued the boards together, and as you can see by the picture, I used the cutoffs from the 2×4’s to put edging on the end grain.

The top is finished with a waterborne clear finish that I had left over from a previous project, the brown paint was an exterior porch and floor paint that I bought last year but never used. The light color is actually 4 different paint samples that my wife bought when we were repainting the walls in the house that I mixed together. I also put a power strip on the back in case I needed to plug-in a light , or other tools.

My next project, that is almost finished, is a roll around cart for my shop VAC and my Dust Deputy I hope to have that done by the end of this week.

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 08:18 AM

Great job, a real nice addition to the shop. Welcome to LJ’s as well. When I saw the house in the backround I said has to be Michigan. I looked at your home page and saw Ohio…. Go Blue LOL Ex Michigander hereleft in 92.

Well done

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

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jakopo

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 10:16 AM

This is an accurate project well.
Well done.

-- --Jakopo--

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 10:32 AM

It looks very well done and sturdy. I have the same drill press and have had it on my list to build a cart for it.

-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!

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XrayJay

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 12:36 PM

You may have used reclaimed and recycled material but you would never know it. It looks great.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 01:45 PM

This is a real nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 02:45 PM

Stellar job on the cabinet…..It will serve you well…..I too like lots of drawers for storage…You can never have enough….......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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RichCMD

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 03:17 PM

I really like the cabinet. Any change you could share the dimensions?

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 03:32 PM

Nicely done! I am in the process of building one of these as well!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 03:42 PM

I really like it. And I like the idea of making shop furniture out of inexpensive 2×4’s.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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MT_Stringer

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 05:17 PM

Good job. That is one of my next projects. I am bookmarking it to refer back to. Thanks for sharing.
Here is an idea for your next mobile stand. It works great.

Good luck.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Jimbo817

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#11 posted 08-07-2013 07:27 PM

Thank you so much for the nice comments everybody! Rich, I was struggling with the dimensions because I wasn’t sure the bench would be top-heavy are not, that’s a pretty heavy drill press. However, I was limited to the size because of the cubes I already had built; if I remember correctly, 15 inches wide by 15 inches high by 15 inches deep. The top is 2 inches bigger on each side and the height from the ground is 24 inches. I figured that by putting the framework around the outside, it would widen the stance and give it extra stability. So far I haven’t had any problems nor even any near misses, although the drawers are pretty heavily loaded.

The height of the drill press, if on a conventional bench, would be too high for me. I have to get around in a power chair so I’m making my benches lower so that they are easier-to-use. On some of my other benches I’ve actually extended the legs so that there’s approximately 10 inches underneath so that my feet and platform will fit underneath. It’s not a problem with the drill press because I can straddle that.

X-ray-Jay, the trick with reclaimed wood is to sand, sand, sand and sand more, then you put a coat of paint on it. The wood that I reclaimed was in an attic of a house built in 1909. I’m really not sure what kind of wood it is. At first I thought it was old-growth pine, but when I cut it, it leaves green tinted sawdust, so I’m thinking that maybe it’s poplar? As far as I can tell there’s not one knot in any of the boards (I still have two boards left to cut).

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!

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RichCMD

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 11:31 PM

Thanks for the information.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jerry

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#13 posted 11-26-2013 05:20 PM

That’s a very stylish looking box. Really well done.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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