Under-workbench rolling drawer

I set up this workbench in the basement. I have lots of room under it, and having a big rolling drawer, like this one, would be good for keeping power tools in. I built a few under bed rolling drawers before. Time to build one for this workbench.

I started with a piece of OSB for the bottom, here cutting it to approximate size with a circular saw, using a board as a saw guide.

Then cutting the edges clean and square on the table saw using a table saw sled.

The front of the drawer has rabbets cut on the ends and bottom edge to hide the sides and bottom of the drawer.

I made the rabbets by making two cuts from two sides.

Test fitting it.

Nailing the sides onto the front. Nailing it into the rabbet so that the nails aren't visible from the front.

I used one of these clamping squares to keep it square while I nailed it.

I used four old inline roller skate wheels for the wheels. These are inside the drawer so the wheels don't get caught up on stuff.

They are mounted between two pieces of Baltic birch plywood. The wheels are from really cheap and were mounted in a plastic frame instead of metal. The axles are a bit longer, just barely long enough to mount in plywood. I had to counterbore the plywood slightly to sink in the screw heads.

I needed washers to keep the wheel from rubbing against the plywood. I didn't have enough washers of the right size handy, so I had the idea of making integral washers on the plywood, basically by cutting away about 1 mm of plywood except for where the axle mounts.

I made most of this cut on the table saw, but couldn't cut it so the remainder was nice and square. I used the bandsaw to cut closer to the axle hole, then cut the remaining pad octagonal with a chisel.

Another block of wood goes between the plywood layers, with a cut-out for where the wheel goes.

Gluing one of the wheel mounts together.

Then screwing the wheel mounts to the inside of the drawer.

The wheels protrude through slots in the bottom of the drawer. I made the slots by drilling two large holes with a Forstner bit, then cutting between them with a jigsaw.

Then mounting the bottom on. I temporarily placed it on, drilled all the pilot holes, then took it off again to apply glue, and then screwed it on.

Drawer handle

I still needed a handle for the drawer. I started by cutting a piece off some firewood that I previously squared up.

I used an empty plastic yoghurt cup to mark the round outline for the handles...

...then cut it out on the bandsaw.

I rounded all the edges to about 1/4" round on the belt sander. A router would make more sense but I was making just one handle and it wasn't worth the trouble setting it up.

Handle attached to the drawer, filled with tools, rolling under the workbench.

The beauty of drawers like this is, with built-in wheels, they can take a lot of weight, and they can be pulled all the way out and rolled away from the workbench for better access or sweeping under the workbench.

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