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Since building the tiered planter I found I need a bigger work surface but I want drawers to hold my cordless tools. I have a drill, driver, reciprecating saw, multi-tool, circular saw and a flash light which all came as a kit. I also have a cordless nailer too. Then I need another drawer to hold my batteries. What material for the drawer bottom should I use to support the weight and what type of drawer system should I choose?

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This is what I have been doing for the last 5 years and nock on wood havent had a dresser drawer come back yet.But I dont use pocket joinery the drawer’s are to havey for poeple with children so I use 3/4” ply wood for the front and back and for the side’s I use 1/2” ply wood and I predrill hole’s in both end of the 1/2” and then I run a dado 3/8” form the bottom and 1/4” deep then I glue and scerw and a clamp helps.And belevie me I a big Kregs fan.

 When I build my workbench I figured I was going to put my hammer drill and my other cord drill in one of the drawers. I used  1x4 stock like pine for the sides and back. I used a finished piece for my front where I have my pull handle screwed on. I also made a dado channel and cut a square piece of  1x4 down to 3/4" square and screwed it to the drawers. My drawers run nice and smooth. The drawers run like the drawers on a metal tool box. I would use the pocket hole jig for the bench itself and use what David and I did for your drawers because your workbench drawers are going to take a beating. You are doing to be in them a lot while working on things. I know I am in my drawers and they held up great and my neighbor likes my drawers on my bench too. When I made the channels I made them a little wider than normal for wood movement. I also used some left over 1/2" plywood for the bottom of my drawers in my workbench.

David,

I just picked up a router and will pick up a router table soon. I'll practice the dado since I've never done those before. You're drawers look awesome! Thanks for the information.
 
David Dean said:

This is what I have been doing for the last 5 years and nock on wood havent had a dresser drawer come back yet.But I dont use pocket joinery the drawer’s are to havey for poeple with children so I use 3/4” ply wood for the front and back and for the side’s I use 1/2” ply wood and I predrill hole’s in both end of the 1/2” and then I run a dado 3/8” form the bottom and 1/4” deep then I glue and scerw and a clamp helps.And belevie me I a big Kregs fan.

Leslee,

Thank you for the information. I'll starting hunting down the materials and piece together a prototype to get myself familiar with the process. Thanks again for the information!


 
Leslee said:

 When I build my workbench I figured I was going to put my hammer drill and my other cord drill in one of the drawers. I used  1x4 stock like pine for the sides and back. I used a finished piece for my front where I have my pull handle screwed on. I also made a dado channel and cut a square piece of  1x4 down to 3/4" square and screwed it to the drawers. My drawers run nice and smooth. The drawers run like the drawers on a metal tool box. I would use the pocket hole jig for the bench itself and use what David and I did for your drawers because your workbench drawers are going to take a beating. You are doing to be in them a lot while working on things. I know I am in my drawers and they held up great and my neighbor likes my drawers on my bench too. When I made the channels I made them a little wider than normal for wood movement. I also used some left over 1/2" plywood for the bottom of my drawers in my workbench.

For drawers that will carry a lot of weight, I'd install ''under-drawer'' type slides.

Another option, is to install a removable plastic storage bin,

like a Rubbermaid roughneck container, 10-14 gal size, 

in the deeper drawer(s)---

the entire container and be removed, with its contents, for load-and-go tasks.

Regarding larger work surface, I use a pool table covered with two 3/4" pieces of plywood.  The top piece having a melamine surface.  So my work surface is 4'x8'.  Sometimes that is not even big enough.  (pool table was left here by one of my son's......."and I don't throw nuthin' out" 

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