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    Adding Drawers to an Enclosed Machine Base

    I don't have the room for an enclosed machine stand that doesn't enclose a motor. Why enclose valuable shop real estate? I don't get it. Anyway, I'm not too good with this sheetgoods stuff. I imagine folks who know how to do this get a chuckle out of watching me hack my way through a simple cabinet . At any rate I am faced with this potential space-waster:

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    I plan to build something like this into it:

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    It will securely mount in the frame taking the job of adding rigidity that the front solid panel normally takes care of. Just shop ply and pocket holes, nothing fancy. Let's see how long I can drag this thing out (<=== read sarcasm here) .
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    wouldn't it be simpler to just toss the base and build a whole unit? Cutting and fitting it into that box seems potentially messy?
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    I know what you mean. I essentially am doing that, the unit will just slide in and screw to the frame . I tried to buy the unit without the base and I was just going to mount it to my flip top but, no dice. My mistake was putting the base together and setting the tool on it. Once I saw how much room the smaller footprint gave me, it was all over.
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    Glenn,

    Remember what your brother is always saying, "Nothing is ever simple dad." At least that is what he says when he is talking to me.

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    Glenn I think you got a good idea there. May be a fiddle but if secured to the base it would also dampen any vibrations that the base gives off now. Is that base currently mobile? Looks like its off the ground. I think you just sealed the fate of my Dewalt planer stand.
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    glenn not to add insult to injury but what about making a insert that would go inside the existing stand, taking one frnt panel off to allow for the insert and anchoring the sides to the new cab with drawers.. one it would make use of the space more and two would look more professional..but the sander on top of your base cabinet is easier.. just make the top solid not just a frame work in my estimation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    glenn not to add insult to injury but what about making a insert that would go inside the existing stand, taking one frnt panel off to allow for the insert and anchoring the sides to the new cab with drawers.
    No insult at all Larry. That is exactly what I am doing; measure hole, build box with drawers to fit in hole, stick box in hole and mount to exiting internal flanges that the front panel would normally mount to . Added bonus, I saved the plywood required for the top, bottom and back .
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    I realize now, that I did not provide enough info in the first post. Here's the hole I aim to fill:

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    Here's the sides and a bunch of webframe pieces getting pocket-holed:

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    With the carcass partially assembled, I can check the upper and lower braces, dividers and the drawer height progression.

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    The lower and upper panels that look like drawers are actually bracing to resist racking. I will move it about wheelbarrow-style using the rollers that I've fastened to one end that you can see in the lower left of the first pic in this post. There are four drawers . . . which I better finish this coffee and get back out to the shop and make if I plan to finish this thing soon .
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    glenn, your pictures are not showing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    glenn, your pictures are not showing up.
    Ooops . Fixed it, Thanks.

    Drawer box parts. Wasn't there a tablesaw DRO discussion recently? It helps you just fly through things like this.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 10-13-2012 at 08:19 PM.
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