I downloaded a CAD file for this open source work bench design ages ago, and set about scavenging recycled materials.
I purchased a couple sheets of 5/8” MDF that was extra from a job we ran at work and got the shop forman to cut the drawer sides, ends and drawer box sides, tops and bottoms on the panel saw. I then came across a pallet of 42”x42” chipboard that one of our customers asked us to scrap out for them, and was able to get 10 or so sheets for free. I ordered the cheapest drawer slides I could find from Grizzly and was ready to rock….. but the project stalled when my MIL sold her house and my basement was converted from shop space to storage space :^(
Some 9 years later, I’m finally finishing up the project…. so I modified the design to meet my current needs and shop space and modeled it up in Solid Works.
We now have a mill work dept. at work, and i can buy material at cost and use the equipment after hours, so I’m cutting drawer fronts and side panels on the Selco and edge banding them on the automatic hot melt edge bander.
The drawer pull is one we buy in volume and stock as our “economy pull” so I can get them wicked cheap.
One of my other ancient projects that stalled (this one goes back about 16 years) was going to be an oversized router table. So I have a 1” MDF top that I laminated both sides of. I wound up buying a Rockler top instead, so I’ll use this as my bench top. and see if I have any laminate left to do up the edges with. If not I’ll rip som thin oak strips for banding.
My goal is to get more drawers for storage, and more bench space for assembly, etc…
I started building the drawers over the weekend, so I’ll snap some pics and update that tonight.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!