In my cramped little shop, every square
foot counts. With that in mind I
designed this cabinet to fit in the wasted
space under the table of my floor-model
drill press. The top drawer holds (vertically)
all the twist bits and brad-point
bits a person could ever accumulate,
and the lower drawers hold sanding
drums, spade bits (horizontally), plug
cutters and all the rest of the drill press
paraphernalia. If you ever need to drill
into something 4-ft. thick, the cabinet
slides out easily.
An important feature of
this cabinet is the drawers that have
extra-long slides to give you full-extension.
I sized my cabinet to fit my Delta
17-in. drill press, model 17-900 and
made it all from birch plywood.
To build the cabinet, cut all parts,
including the top cutout. Then screw
and glue parts A and B. Screw on the
sides, then attach slides and top. Nail
and glue together the drawer boxes,
then nail on the bottoms to square them
up. Now attach the slides and install
them in the cabinet. Using double-stick
tape, attach the drawer fronts so there is
a uniform gap all around. Screw on the
fronts, attach pulls and bingo, you’ve got
(Note: Product availability and costs are subject to change since original publication date.)
Supply, 800-645-9292Eight 20" single-extension bottom-mount drawer
slides; e.g. Alfit 878-197;
21⁄2" utility screws, brads, four drawer pulls,
eight #8 x 1" round-head screws.
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker February 2000, issue #78.
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