|Project by ytsejamr||posted 07-28-2008 06:16 PM||8573 views||40 times favorited||35 comments|
Ok, so I decided that I wanted to make a large outfeed table for my saw. I figured that I would also use it as a workbench/assembly table. I really wanted to utilize the space under the table for storage. I’m heading down a path of having all my tools covered, either in drawers or cabinets.
I also have delusions of someday making my own kitchen cabinets. So I figured, hey . . . perfect time to practice!
I decided on a plan of two standard lower cabinets back to back with drawer storage. The space in between worked out perfectly for storage for my crosscut sled and other fences. I could also use that a practice for making cabinet doors.
Here’s the Sketchup plan:
You may notice the crazy array of drawer fronts. There’s a reason. When I first started woodworking about a year ago, I read somewhere that a good place to go for free wood was a cabinet shop. My sister was getting a custom kitchen done by a couple of woodworkers. I went there and they gave me a bunch of rough cutoffs. Nothing longer than 3 feet, but some nice curly maple, walnut, cherry and poplar. And as it turns out, perfect size for drawer fronts.
The cabinets and drawers were all assembled with pocket screws. I love those things! The cabinets are cheap Borg ply . . . the drawers are all baltic birch. I bought a bunch of 100lb slides from wwhardware.com, and a bunch of cheap pulls from knobsandpulls.com. There are 4 heavy duty levelling feet on each cabinet.
I bought a few boards for this. I wanted to pick some hardwoods that I haven’t worked with to get some practice on them. I ended up buying a few cherry boards, and a purpleheart board (man that stuff is heavy!) The cherry trim is from some boards that a friend gave me. The same friend gave me a set of Freud cabinet door bits. I used those for the first time to make the door. I also got to play with some bluhm european door hinges.
I have since routed channels for the miter slots.
I learned quite a few things making this. The most important being how square you need to make cabinets and drawers! There was lots of fitting and cutting (and swearing) to get the drawers to slide nicely.
*edit: Forgot to mention that I bought the Earlex HVLP gun and used it for the first time on this. So much quicker than using a brush or rag! :-)
All in all, totally crazy for a shop table. But it was good practice for later.
Here’s a few more shots: