A few weeks back I built a new workbench. I have an excellent plan that I recommend from Amazon.com. It includes six different upgrades to the bench. I really liked the workbench drawers upgrade that is in the plan and I decided to build those and attach to my bench. I’ll include links to the plan and what I used at the bottom of this post in case you want more information.
For lumber, I purchased everything I needed at Lowe’s. The plan called for using MDF for the frame of the shelf. I’ve only used MDF a couple of times and I’ve never been happy with it. I wanted to give it another shot, but my opinion still stands. It’s cheap and easy to handle, but everything about it just feels like Extremely Heavy thick cardboard. It dings easy, doesn’t hold screws very well, and you just get the feeling that about 1 oz. of water poured on it and the whole thing would swell up and fall apart. That having been said, I suppose if there was ever a good application for this wood a shop project would be it. Not a lot of lumber is required for this. My total cost for the shelf of drawers was approx. $50.
- (1) 3/4″ x 4′ x 8′ MDF
- (3) 1/4″ x 2′ x 4′ Hardwood (You could buy larger pieces and cut down, but I had some scrap I wanted to use)
- (4) 1″ x 4″ x 8′ Pine Boards
Milling & Assembly
Not a lot to finishing this one.
I applied one coat of Danish Oil to the drawers (not the case). I also attached some handles to the drawers.