Cascading Drawers for the Shop

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Project by MHarper90 posted 205 days ago 1646 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Until I go Active Duty with the Navy in a few more weeks I have had the opportunity to work as a carpenter for a Christian, youth outreach summer camp. Aside from the paid work, perhaps my favorite part of the job is the ability to use the wood shop in my off time. Since I am going Active Duty, my personal project list has dwindled because I don’t want to accumulate anything, so I’ve decided to donate my off time back into the organization by making things to better the wood shop I work in every day.

We have a Saw-Stop cabinet saw with the extension table and a router lift mounted in the extension. I wanted to build a convenient place to organize the router table tools and the Saw-Stop dado blades and accessories that was near the tool itself. I was very limited on space to do this, so I ended up building two shallower drawers, instead of one deep one.

This is my first time ever building drawers. I’ve built many things, including fine furniture, but I just have never had a request for anything with a drawer. This took me way longer than I expected, but honestly, considering my inexperience with drawers, I definitely didn’t design an easy one to start with, and I also wanted to do it right. I believe that what I build for the shop should be just as good as everything else I build.

These drawers are made of some 3/4” Oak ply and 1/2” Poplar ply we had laying around, and I used Hard Maple for the drawer slides. Everything is dado’d and screwed. The top drawer is custom fit for the dado stack, the dado zero-insert plate, and the bag containing the dado safety-brake and tools. The bottom drawer is currently just open, but I may go back and install dividers soon. Both drawers extend over 100% so that you can reach everything easily.

Overall I am very pleased with how this project turned out and I can’t wait to build some more drawers sometime. I’ll definitely be looking for cool ways to make more cascading drawers too. That was a fun engineering feat.

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#1 posted 205 days ago

Be safe on your duty assignment and the drawers turned out very nice.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 205 days ago

Godspeed Harper. Good luck and be safe. Just as a heads up, every duty station I was at had a nicely equipped wood shop at my disposal that no one used!

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#3 posted 205 days ago

Great idea nice work.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 204 days ago

I agree with thesoninlaw wherever you are on shore duty you should find a well equipped wood/hobby shop. Stay well and stay safe and enjoy your tour of active duty.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#5 posted 204 days ago

Nice, I have storage like this and it is so convenient to have things at hand when you need them and in the right place.

Stay safe…

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 204 days ago

Thanks everyone for the comments! I have heard a few times about well-equiped, yet deserted, wood shops on many Navy bases. I hope I get the opportunity to use them. I am on a 6 year Nuke contract, and currently have a high interest in making a career out of it. I know I will be limited on time and probably not have a wood shop available to me in Nuke Power School for 18 months, but hopefully once I get assigned to a submarine I will be at a base with a wood shop.

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#7 posted 203 days ago

Take care while your on tour of duty as we need you to get back to woodworking!

Nice set of drawers, and I don’t mean underwear!

A submarine base with a wood shop … doesn’t the wood get wet? chuckle

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 201 days ago

You do know that even though you are going thru Nuke Power School , that the US Navy does indeed have Nuke Powered Ships that are NOT Designed to SINK.
I spent 9 years in the Navy myself all on the Surface.

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