|Forum topic by BGS||posted 06-10-2010 01:59 PM||3225 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
06-10-2010 01:59 PM
In a shop remodel that includes a 9’/5’ corner L work bench, I have a number of constraints to work around. The biggest has been an uneven foundation ledge that varies in height and width from the block wall of the garage/basement. In order to keep the height of the work bench in the 36”to 38” range I have had to cut and fit my bench base material between the 2×4 support studs that frame the work bench. It was just going to build up too tall. The studs are already just a 1/4” above the ledge in places. I have used 1” OSB subflooring that would support an elephant between the studs and apron. I will use glued up ash boards above this, likely half inch after planing. So the top is going well, if somewhat tediously.
I had wanted to put in full extension drawers on the long bench and theoretically have 9’x3’ of space to play with. But because of the variation in the wall at that level, the depth will be constrained from 13” to 8” depending on the position. I can get a consistent 10” from the top down to about 16” or half way to the floor. Below that it is very inconsistent along the length of the bench.
How useful are 10” full extension drawers? I am thinking that while it would be “purty” a bunch of cubbyholes and adjustable shelves would serve as well for boxes of hardware and power tools that need to be put away yet be handy to the work bench. I am ambivalent. And like a quarter standing on an edge, I looking forward to falling heads or tails.
The cost is something of a factor, why spend an extra hundred or so bucks on 10” drawers that add no value when cubbyholes for drills, routers, boxes of screws in the same size space would serve as well or arguably better. It is not like something would get lost in the depths of the space. But then again it would seem cleaner and maybe more pleasing to use if there were full extension drawers in place. I know, we should all have such weighty problems to solve. So, please join me in my ambivalence and share feedback and experience about the threshold length of work bench drawers versus cubbyholes of limited depth.