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Small Shop Tip: Instant Drawers


Instant Drawers

Large plastic boxes, the kind that restaurants use for bussing dishes, are perfect for shop drawers. They're strong, durable and lightweight, plus they have built-in handles. They're perfect for storing and transporting workshop essentials, from screws to power tools. They come ready-made and they're super-easy to install. I'll never build another storage drawer! Bus boxes are designed to hang from their rims, so screwed-on cleats make perfect drawer supports. I like to graduate the distance between cleats, so the bottom boxes have more headroom. This wider spacing makes it easier to see what's inside the lower boxes. For large items, I reduce the number of boxes in the stack, so each box has ample headroom.

Next Day Gourmet, (800) 328-9800,, Heavy-duty bus boxes, 5 in. x 15 in. x 20 in.
#810619, individual box, $7 ea. #812113, case of 12 boxes, $78.

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Terry wrote re: Small Shop Tip: Instant Drawers
on 04-11-2009 2:13 AM

I used these for my homemade work bench and they are great.  If you want quick, easy doors-this a dandy way to go.


Raymond Cox wrote re: Small Shop Tip: Instant Drawers
on 04-11-2009 4:24 PM

I have also made a cabinet like this but I also put a cleat along the top of the shelves so they wouldn't tip when they were pulled part way out.

Ray wrote re: Small Shop Tip: Instant Drawers
on 05-23-2009 1:06 PM

I built one of these for nuder my table saw extension table.  It is extreemely useful and I was able to provide a convenient place for the fence to be stored on top of it and still under the table.