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Drill Press Cabinet

Turn wasted space into storage space.


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 storage space.


Source

(Note: Product availability and costs are subject to change since original publication date.)

Woodworker’s Supply, woodworker.com, 800-645-9292, Eight 20" single-extension bottom-mount drawer slides, e.g. Alfit 878-197; 2 1⁄2" utility screws; brads; four drawer pulls; eight #8 x 1" round-head screws.


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This story originally appeared in American Woodworker February 2000, issue #78.

February 2000, issue #78

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Comments

delirous26 wrote re: Drill Press Cabinet
on 04-15-2009 9:14 PM

i dont understand the dimensions for the drawer sides  1/2" 7,5,5,5 x11" what does this mean.

EricClawHammer wrote re: Drill Press Cabinet
on 04-27-2009 3:05 PM

I agree, it's not a common convention. I interpret it as follows (I think it's confirmed by the cutting diagram):

For the drawer sides you need

2 sides 7" wide by 11" long by 1/2" thick (for the larger drawer)

6 sides 5" wide by 11" long by 1/2" thick (for the three smaller drawers)

For the drawer ends (fronts and backs) you need

2 ends 7" wide by 12" long by 1/2" thick (for the larger drawer)

6 ends 5" wide by 12" long by 1/2" thick (for the three smaller drawers)

Be aware that the sides overlap the ends (see the drawing) so the nails (ugh!) take the strain on opening the drawers.

Hope that helps - but, please, check the logic for yourself, it's late in the evening here in the UK!

3Frog wrote re: Drill Press Cabinet
on 08-14-2009 12:57 PM

EricClawHammer,

You are correct, however let us not forget that there is also a second front, the one that looks nicer on which the handle goes on.

3Frog

3Frog wrote re: Drill Press Cabinet
on 08-14-2009 12:57 PM

EricClawHammer,

You are correct, however let us not forget that there is also a second front, the one that looks nicer on which the handle goes on.

3Frog