Mounting Drawer Under Bench

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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 02-28-2012 02:17 AM 6321 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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02-28-2012 02:17 AM

My workbench is a piece of 3/4” plywood, attached to the wall along one side with hinges and with a 2×4 support that runs the length about 1/2 way in from the front. I want to add a drawer or two under the table top. I was going to build a box to mount the drawer in (5 sides, front open) but got thinking that there must be a better way to do this that doesn’t use as much wood. I looked at pencil drawer slides and those are a possibility but thought I’d run it by all the pros here and see what ideas you have for accomplishing this task. Any ideas, anyone?

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 02:25 AM

I think you only need two sides (and possibly a bottom) to hold your drawer.

something like this, perhaps:

I needed a bottom on that – otherwise the sides separated, and the drawer slides came apart.

-- Peter

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 02:47 AM

Jim, The quickest and simplest is to just screw 2 boards with rabbits or dados to the underside of your bench and then add matching strips along the sides of your drawers. If this didn’t make sense, send me a pm and I’ll take pics of mine as I have 4 drawers under my bench that I did this way.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 02:55 AM

even cake pan or plastic trays
with a fin out at the top
and two runners with rabbets
screwed under the top
will make good drawers

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 03:39 PM

Here are a couple of drawer ideas I used in my shop. All scrap, quick, and free! The drawer in the third pic is 4’ deep and slides effortlessly. Wax the rabbits and runners and they will glide.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 03:49 PM

Some good ideas above, or another idea would be to use a steel bracket that would support the drawer and glides. You can buy those at woodworking outlets.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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