A QUICK AND EASY DRAWER

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About: Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. So let me welcome you to the Little Shop of Jarfold. In my limited space and with my limited tools I tinker and putter and dabble ma...

I need drawers for the various work benches I've made. I figured I'd add one to my router table.

Step 1:

Welcome to my little shop build of a drawer for my router table. I'm an old-timer. What I build is not necessarily pretty, but it is functional. I gathered material for this project by dumpster diving and coming home with a beat-up pallet which I dismantled. I even glued together one of the split boards.

Step 2: HOW BIG?

I measured half the width of the front and the full depth of the area where the drawer would go. Why half the width? I'm going to build a deeper drawer later for the other half to fit my router and other larger items.

Step 3: THE DRAWER GUIDES

Being frugal, I didn't buy drawer guides. I made them. I measured between the fork lift slots and cut pieces to act as drawer guides from front to back of the router table. I trimmed them to the same size.

Step 4: DRAWER GUIDES

I ripped down some thinner pieces and glued and screwed them to the bottom of each board to create the letter L to act as the guides.

Step 5: I INSTALLED THEM

I installed them making sure they were square to the front of the work bench. One I screwed right to the side frame; the other I used pocket screws.

Step 6: TILT STOPPER

Without attached tracks this drawer will tilt down when opened fully. I installed a tilt stopper. Once the drawer goes in I will add a spacer on the very top back of the drawer to close any tilt gap.

Step 7: DRAWER PIECES

I cut fronts and sides for the drawer and tested their fit. I labeled them in chalk to keep track. Being an old-timer I don't trust things to memory.

Step 8: THE DRAWER

I assembled the drawer, found a piece of 1/4" in my lumber cart, routed a rabbet in the bottom of the drawer and installed the bottom with glue and screws. Notice, instead of squaring off the corners of the rabbet I simplified the fit by 45ing the corners of the bottom.

Step 9: DRAWER FACE

I selected a wider piece to act as the drawer face. Cut it to fit and glued and screwed it in place. Now I had a place for my router bits and small parts.

Step 10: I MADE IT PRETTIER

OK, so I broke down and prettied it up a bit. I sanded the face and added a knob I had floating around the LITTLE SHOP OF JARFOLD.

Hope you enjoyed. Comments are always appreciated.

KJ

Pardon me whilst I sing to my router table:

Suddenly Jarfold is standin' beside you

You need a makeover, a drawer to extend

Suddenly Jarfold is here to provide you

A sweet drawer extending

Jarfold's your friend.

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    MoparDude

    10 months ago on Step 10

    Nice job!!!. That is just what I'll do to my bench. Thanks again.!!@!

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    dekeros

    12 months ago

    Nice build and great instructable! I like your style and the little song to your router table made my day! :-) Cheers!

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    Kink Jarfolddekeros

    Reply 11 months ago

    Hi, Dekeros, the little boat man, glad you like my style. The songs keep popping up in my head. I walk around with constant ear worms. Just not sure if everyone gets my weird sense of humor.

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    NicolasK11

    1 year ago

    That's a great piece of work.

    One question: How smooth is the pull?

    Do you think it would need slides if it was much bigger or if you stored heavy things into it?

    Or does it not matter?

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    Kink JarfoldNicolasK11

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi, Nicolas, yes, the pull is extremely smooth. If not, I use paste wax. I've used this design on larger drawers with heavier items and have not had problems at all. I've also used dust frames instead of the L runners. The anti tilt bar is important, too. I can go into more detail if you need it. Thanks for asking.

    KJ

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    jprussack

    1 year ago

    Nice one! I'll have that tune stuck in my head all day!!

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    Kink Jarfoldjprussack

    Reply 1 year ago

    For some reason, tunes get ear-wormed in my head constantly. Suddenly Seymour will be there until something else comes along to replace it. Which could be any moment now. And just what is it: J Prussack or JP Russack?