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Rick M

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12-29-2014 07:51 AM

I salvaged an empty cabinet, inside dimensions are 34” wide, 7.5” high, 9.5” deep. It fits perfectly under my lathe and I’m going to fit it with drawers to store all my accessories. I’m debating on how to divide it up. The drawers will be made from 5/8 ply, which is really 19/32, so each drawer will lose about 1-3/16”. Largest accessory is 9.5” wide, but most of them are fairly small.

I could do 4 drawers, 8.5” wide, or 2 drawers 8.5” and 1 drawer 17”.

Or 5 drawers 6.75” wide, or 3 drawers 6.75” and 1 drawer 13.5”. <===Leaning toward this one

Or some other way?

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jeff

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 09:08 AM

Your choice looks good.A 17” drawer might be to big-you could always throw a divider in the 17” drawer-just a thought.The storage will be nice.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 10:00 AM

I think I’d go with a fewer, larger drawers that you can reconfigure at a later time. Depth might not be to your advantage. I have lots of low profile stuff that I keep in shallow drawers : allen wrenches, collet wrenches, chuck keys, grub screws, calipers, etc. —May one of the drawer partitions could be divided horizontally.

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 12:05 PM

I’ve never been aggrevated that a drawer was too wide.

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 12:31 PM

I’d make a couple of drawers with dividers to suite.

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 02:17 PM

Just for me I would go with the 2X8.5 and 1X17.
I really do not like drawers much and would probably only have one “real” drawer.
I would lay out the accessories on some marked off newspaper and see how they fit.
For two areas I would go with two shelves that slide out instead of one drawer. (Small lip around the edges of the self). Then you can store taller items, such as chucks, on the lower shelf and still have room on the upper shelf for small items such as drive centers, calipers, etc.
I don’t know if they make full extension slides for that depth? With drawers or sliding shelves you will probably have to hold it for support while you pluck the necessary items with the other hand.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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NoThanks

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#6 posted 12-29-2014 02:19 PM

2 drawers, maybe an opening in between them would be convenient, but it would probably fill up with shavings.
If no opening just 2 large drawers.

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 02:48 PM

KV 8400B08

8” 100LB BALL BEARING SLIDE

Knape & Vogt (KV)

Full extensions around 15.00 a pair

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#8 posted 12-29-2014 02:58 PM

I like Wwud4u’s also. 2 drawers (or 4 slides) with an opening while using a drill or other items also.
If you want me to check, and you think the slide may be a good idea, I think I have some bottom mount slides that may fit. Free it you pay the shipping. If interested I will take a pic and post with dimensions.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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Troy Cleckler

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#9 posted 12-29-2014 04:18 PM

+1 on the full width full extension drawers and lay tools out and divide the drawers into needed spaces.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#10 posted 12-29-2014 08:38 PM

Wow, great responses. Gives me lots to think about.

I think I d go with a fewer, larger drawers that you can reconfigure at a later time. Depth might not be to your advantage. I have lots of low profile stuff that I keep in shallow drawers : allen wrenches, collet wrenches, chuck keys, grub screws, calipers, etc. —May one of the drawer partitions could be divided horizontally.

- GuyO

This is a big concern because most of my accessories are small and I don’t want them getting buried in a big drawer. I was thinking of putting sliding trays in one drawer which is much easier than making a bunch of small drawers.


Just for me I would go with the 2X8.5 and 1X17.
I really do not like drawers much and would probably only have one “real” drawer.
I would lay out the accessories on some marked off newspaper and see how they fit.
For two areas I would go with two shelves that slide out instead of one drawer. (Small lip around the edges of the self). Then you can store taller items, such as chucks, on the lower shelf and still have room on the upper shelf for small items such as drive centers, calipers, etc.
I don t know if they make full extension slides for that depth? With drawers or sliding shelves you will probably have to hold it for support while you pluck the necessary items with the other hand.

- LeeMills

I don’t like drawers much either but in this case with lots of smaller accessories, considering the depth of the case, and wanting to keep dust and chips out, I believe it’s the best solution. And yes, I’m interested in the bottom mount slides. I don’t really want to build a lot of internal dividers for side mount slides.

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LeeMills

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#11 posted 12-29-2014 09:33 PM

Well they are larger than I remembered. They are only 10” wide but they are 13-1/4 deep closed and 33-1/4 open.
Here is a pic if you can use them for another cabinet.

http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx356/PaladinNC/DrawerSlides_zps2c6b3a2f.jpg

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 12-29-2014 09:38 PM

Having owned three lathes, I can safely say that the smaller drawers I have used for accessories have been mostly unused, whereby the larger drawers have been the most used. Just a voice of experience. Lathe stuff is big, by tool standards. Thickness gauges, tool handles, etc.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#13 posted 12-30-2014 02:41 PM

I like wide, shallow drawers for lathe tools …

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Rick M

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#14 posted 12-31-2014 04:06 AM

Hmmm, I could do wide drawers then subdivide them. That would let me use side extension slides. I would need to beef up the drawers. The more I think about it, the more I like it.

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LeeMills

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#15 posted 12-31-2014 02:08 PM

I think for flexibility the two long drawers may be the best bet. It should not take a lot of strength since the drawers are only 9.5” deep. I have two 48 L by 24 W drawers under my work bench for planes, etc and they have never sagged using 1/2” stock.
Danes pic shows some small storages cases, many sizes available from hobby stores for small items.

HD did/may carry a heavy plastic U tube for trim. A 8 foot length was about $5. I cut to length then drilled holes to mount and interior dividers just slide in. If you want to move them just unscrew and relocated.
Similar to this but without the longer flange with the slots.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cellwood-5-8-in-White-Vinyl-J-Channel-Trim-VJC581-04/204753083?MERCH=REC-_-NavPLPHorizontal1_rr-_-NA-_-204753083-_-N

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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