I have reached that point where very little can come into the shop without something else having to leave. This means that when I am designing something for the shop, three basic elements are involved in the equation.
- What is it supposed to do?
- Where will it fit once it’s made?
- What do I have lying around to make it out of?
With all that factored in I made this in reaction to seeing a very nice storage box in a Wood Magazine email. I didn’t have the room for a box the size of the unit made by the contributor but, it got me thinking . . .
You always need enough clamps and I am pretty close.
My brainstorming result for how to fit more in less space.
The idea begins to take shape. The drawer is built on a 1/4" melamine slab and just slides on the bottom of the carcass. Real low-tech.
This magnet on the bottom of the drawer aligns with its mate inside the carcass. This provides plenty of grip to keep the drawer in whilst moving this in and out of service.
The whole unit is designed to be gripped by bench dogs. The hole in the drawer is matched by a hole in the back. They give me a little perceived tactile confidence when I grip the box to pick it up ;-)
And it fits in this cabinet along with other jigs and such.