Popular Woodworking 2001-08 № 123, страница 39

Popular Woodworking 2001-08 № 123, страница 39

storag assembly

My shop at home is a two-car garage. To make things more complicated, my wife feels pretty strongly that the two cars should be allowed to stay in the garage. What a silly idea, but it's been an interesting challenge to keep her happy and still work comfortably on my projects. At the heart of this dilemma is getting enough storage and assembly space. There's enough room in the garage to put some shallow cabinets on or against the walls, but storing my "assembly bench" (fold-up horses, planks and a partial sheet of plywood) stops me from getting to my storage. And while the fold-up horses are handy, they're not as stable as I'd prefer and I can't adjust them higher or lower. Sometimes I want to work 24" off the ground, other times 34". I decided it was time to solve my dilemma and here you see the result. When assembled, this unit offers sturdy, adjustable-height bench space with easy access to the stuff in the draw-ers.When not in use, the two cabinets store conveniently against the wall. You also can use them as benchtop tool stands and still have easy access to the drawers.

Building Boxes

This is a basic project. The only complicated part is the height-adjustment feature of the cabinets. I haven't spent a lot of time illustrating the cabinet construction, but the illustrations and the construction description should get you there safely.

The cabinets consist of a 3/4" -thick plywood top and bottom, rabbeted between the two 3/4"-thick sides. The back is also 3/4" and is rabbeted into the sides, top and bottom. Start by cutting the pieces to size, then cut i^" x 3/4" rabbets on the top, back and bottom inside edge of each side. I made the rabbets on my table saw, but you could easily use a router instead. Then cut the same rabbet on the back edge of the top and bottom pieces.

I used my 2" brad nailer to shoot the cases to

by David Thiel

Comments or questions? Contact David at 513531-2690 ext. 255 or DavidT@FWPubs.com.

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Popular Woodworking August 2001

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