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Drill Press Cabinet from scrap

I’ve been wanting to make this cabinet for quite some time now. I’ve been on a shop-organizing kick lately and thought this would be a good way to use up some spalted, wormy, punky lumber that I didn’t want to turn into firewood, and also get all my drilling-related tools and accessories in one place.

I got the idea from Woodsmith Vol.22/No.127 way back in February 2000. I made it deeper (both front and back sections) and added doors to close in the back shelves, added more drawers to accommodate the various accessories, drill bits, etc., and used my own measurements to fit my needs. The full-extension drawer slides were the only expense. I had purchased the casters for a storage cart for plywood cut-offs which is still on my to-do list. The other hardware is recycled from other projects, and all the wood is reclaimed, discards, or leftovers.

Here are two build pictures.

Now I just need to get the drawers filled and organized, and make a decent drill press table to go with it!

Questions and comments are always welcome.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Great job, I like the style & design !!
This will be very handy.
I build as much I can from scrap & salvaged parts.

-- Jaybird

Very, very nice!
Thanks for sharing, beauty and function, it doesn’t get any better than that!

-- Steve Tow

What a good idea. I have a floor model drill press and all my drill related stuff is piled on the seldom used shaper that is stored beside it. I really should make something like this.
……. maybe a little marquetry on the drawer fronts ……….
…… hmmmm ……
Yep, good idea all right!

-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Jay, Steve, and Paul, thanks for the encouragement!

Paul, we’ll expect yours to be a work-of-art, not a utilitarian cabinet. Maybe you can make use of all those little scraps of sawn veneer. Yes, ebony seems like just how a really nice drill press cabinet should be trimmed! Can’t wait to see yours.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

very cool i built one very similar. i be very proud to have that one in my shop.

-- Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Great job Lady! The fact you used scraps is a bonus, it’s a great tool on its own. Well done!

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

I really like this a lot and I should be building one for my own floor model DP. Your scrap wood is definitely better than mine! Wonderful work on this very attractive and useful tool storage unit.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Jeff, Bruce, Thorreain, and Mike,

Thanks! It is amazing how good the scraps can look in a picture, but a close-up shows how many worm holes/knot holes/punky spots there really are! I cut away a lot of material (which kept us warm in the wood stove). Some pieces ended up pretty small so there was no chance of any grain matching, etc.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

that’s good idea good work

-- jim