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    Workbench - 2nd Drawer Unit

    I didn't quite get this done before I have to run off for our Easter get together. False fronts still need to be cut finished and attached.

    The area to the right of the 1st drawer unit I added seems to have a death grip on whatever flotsam and jetsam comes by:

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    I built a carcase of MDF like the 1st unit but, with a lower profile. On the 1st unit I left enough room to clean up or retrieve objects that fall through the dog holes but found I needed more room than that ;-)

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    Drawers are 1/2" BB ply with 1/4" BB ply bottoms as is my custom. Drawer lock joints are so quick and easy I use them more than pocket holes for this sort of thing:

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    A full 3.4" thick back is not necessary but I am adding mass as well as storage. Rabbeted and glued in once I have all the drawer guides where I want them:

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    That's one, five to go:

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    OK, time to get ready for the festivities. I'll have to finish in the evenings during the week. I don't want them to still be incomplete when the Tour de Wood passes through this end of the state next weekend.

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    Neat draws Glenn. Just a point that i got from the Chris Schwarz workbench book was one should not cover the area beneath the bench otherwise bench hooks have no where to go when you put them through dog holes.

    How have you dealt with this?

    One thing i have realized and its reinforced over and over for me is that draws that are deep in a shop just collect junk. So i am soon going to be converting my draws to more of the low profile draws and space things out more. Eaiser and neater access.

    Thanks for sharing. You better not clean that shop up too much or else you gonna pay for it with the tour bunch rolling into town.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Neat draws Glenn. Just a point that i got from the Chris Schwarz workbench book was one should not cover the area beneath the bench otherwise bench hooks have no where to go when you put them through dog holes.

    How have you dealt with this?
    That was exactly my failure on the 1st unit. I left enough room for shavings and lost items to be fished out but not enough for holddowns. The 2sqft area above the 1st unit is dead to this kind of use and I may have to eventually fix that (depending on my frustration level). The second unit is lower in height and will not be a problem. Having learned the hard way I am leaving adequate room for holddowns and through clamping this time.

    One thing i have realized and its reinforced over and over for me is that draws that are deep in a shop just collect junk. So i am soon going to be converting my draws to more of the low profile draws and space things out more. Eaiser and neater access.
    I preach this also. Drawers and cabinets with areas deeper than about 18" are just black holes to another dimension if they are not at least full extension. All my 22" deep drawers in this area are over extension to avoid the "lost world" that exists in deep drawers ;-) Other areas of the shop are restricted to 12" and 18" depths.

    Thanks for sharing. You better not clean that shop up too much or else you gonna pay for it with the tour bunch rolling into town.
    Not too much fear of that right now . The offer for a pit stop and tour is open but, even though the bus will pass within a few thousand feet of my house (if they take the 60 fwy route to Sam's), I don't know if their schedule will allow a stop. Dad and I will be in the shop Saturday if they get the chance. Whether they do or don't, dad and I will connect with them at the Maloof site. Game on!
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    I've got one just about that size with 2 drawers and 2 doors 2 vices attached for the taking if anyone is in the area and wants to pick it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hawksford View Post
    I've got one just about that size with 2 drawers and 2 doors 2 vices attached for the taking if anyone is in the area and wants to pick it up.
    Oh man, Dave, it's just to far for me to drive..
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    2nd Drawer Unit - Finishing Up

    Well, I hoped to have these done before the Tour de Wood passed by and I made it. Dad came up as we will be doing the Sam Maloof gathering with Larry, Tom, Bill, Toni and whoever else.

    Here's the false fronts all shellaced up:

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    A couple stop blocks and a fence make drilling the through holes quick and accurate:

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    I attach them using the Danny Proulx method. The setup blocks keep things spaced correctly:

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    Moving right along:

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    And there we go. Time to fill 'em up:

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    Makes me want to redo my bench entirely...

    Nice job Glenn!
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    nice piece of work glenn.

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    Nice work Glenn Your shop is soooooo clean

    I like the idea of hanging the rulers from your bench. Just yesterday i was using mine and having to walk over to the wall where they are hanging interupted work flow. I think a change is in order. Thanks.

    Glenn i like the way you put the effort into even shop fixtures. Its always a place to practice is what i say to myself.
    cheers

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    Thanks guys. The hanging rulers get grabbed constantly. I think this may have been my first step in my organizational change. I used to keep all like items grouped together here and there. Now I keep often used items at arms reach and the rest will be those annoying 'few steps' away. You can't get too far away in my shop but sometimes crossing the shop gets to be like waiting on your PC to boot; it only take a little while but you get tired of it.
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