Simple desktop with drawers

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In this workshop, I will show how to make an inexpensive and simple desktop with drawers from plywood in which you can store tools and other things.

Functionality and design of the table

A simple desktop with drawers A six-meter wall in my garage was ideally suited for installing a desktop with storage boxes. I need a place for a miter saw and a set of drawers where you can store tools and tools for garden care. The desktop will be 1 m in height and 60 cm in depth. The worktop will occupy the entire space between the walls, under it there is space for storing lawn mowers, snowplow, circular saw, vacuum cleaner and cyclone. The desktop will consist of cabinets, in each of which there are drawers.The open ends of the tabletops will be framed by a 5 x 10 cm board.

Cutting plywood

Simple desktop with drawers
Case: I used 2 cm plywood for both the case and the table top. 5 standard sheets will be enough for the manufacture of 5 cabinets and a 6-meter table top. Using a saw with a disc for cutting plywood, I spread each sheet of plywood into two strips: 60 and 240 cm. I left 3 of the most successful options for top of the table. From each part of the sheet you can make the top and bottom of the cabinets. I planned to make 5 cabinets, so at the same time I cut the side parts with a width of 70 cm. I also cut 60 cm of the upper and lower parts of the cabinets. Drawers: 12 mm plywood was used for the drawers , ground on both sides. I also divided these sheets of plywood into two parts: 60 and 240 cm. The bottom of each drawer is the same and is 60 x 60 cm. I cut 20 elements of the bottom, and I left the rest of the plywood for making sidewalls. Cutting out the guides for drawers
Simple desktop with drawers
The table was designed in such a way that each cabinet has 4 drawers.3 small and one deep for volumetric things. For cutting out the guides I used a milling machine with a milling cutter that is immersed only 12 mm. The first groove is cut 3 cm above the bottom edge in the inner side of the cabinet. The remaining three are equidistant 13 cm from each other, while the upper is located at a distance of 15 cm from the upper edge. I made a template with which I can guide the milling cutter so that the grooves are the same in all cabinets.

Build the cabinets

A simple desktop with drawersSimple desktop with drawers Each cabinet has two sides in which the sides are symmetrically grooved inwards. They are screwed with screws on the top and bottom. I did not make the back wall of the cabinets, since it will not be visible anyway. But at the same time, I secured the structure in the back of the top of the table with a strip of plywood 2 cm thick, through it I will still fasten the table to the wall. I needed a table to work with the miter saw, so one cabinet I made 8 cm lower than the other 4.In it, two drawers were made 8 cm below. After all five cabinets were assembled, I fastened them together and screwed them to the wall with screws. The whole structure is 25 cm from the floor surface. Because there will be the largest drawers for long tools and fixtures at the bottom. These boxes will rest directly on the concrete floor, and will be pulled out with the help of semi-circular bolt heads. You can use the wheels, but I found that the bolt with a semicircular head slides over the felt furniture sticker.

Installing the bottom on the drawers

Simple desktop with drawers
Drawers exactly fit the width of the cabinets. Using a grinder, I slightly rounded the corners on the headlamp for the bottom to make the boxes easier to fit into the slots. In some cases, it has been possible to use a saw to remove up to 4 mm of excess material. Before securing the bottom to the box, make sure that it fits loosely into the slots.

Assembling the remaining boxes

Simple desktop with drawers
Simple desktop with drawers
Simple desktop with drawers
Simple desktop with drawers
The sides, front and back parts of the drawers were made of 12 mm plywood. I cut the handles in the front of the drawers with a router and a homemade tool. I went through the grinding machine through all the elements. I then knocked down all the parts of the drawers together with the help of a Nüler, and screwed two screws on the front side for extra strength. This stage was the longest since I had to trim, grind and grind 112 parts. Below I put the most bo shie boxes. Two 120 cm long and one 60 cm. Lower drawers are planted deeper to provide space for the feet when working at a desk. They are ideal for storing long tools like clamps, blanks and hoses for vacuum cleaners.

Installing tabletops

Simple desktop with drawers
Simple desktop with drawers
Countertops were made of 20 mm plywood,which was screwed on top of the cabinets. For the hinged parts I made a framework of boards 5 x 10 mm and screwed the plywood sheets to them. Having put two layers of plywood on top, the table top turned out to be quite impressive. She can safely withstand my grief.

Polishing

A simple desktop with drawers
A simple desktop with drawersA simple desktop with drawersA simple desktop with drawers The whole top surface was ground and I poured a plywood on the plywood. I added a frame of red oak laths that also covered the stain. Then I applied three layers of polyurethane varnish on all wooden surfaces.

Conclusion:

Now I can store tons of tools and materials, and even the opportunity to throw out a few old baskets and drawers. I really like this desktop. If I could make such a table again, I would like to resize some drawers. For example, I need more small ones that can be used to store small tools.While the medium and large boxes would be enough for me a couple of pieces. Therefore, before starting to work, I recommend thinking about this issue.

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