Workbench shelf or drawer


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Old 03-28-23, 07:35 AM
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Workbench shelf or drawer

The former home owner built this workbench. I put a table saw on the top and heavy duty casters on the legs.

I want to utilize the space underneath. There is about 8.5 in high, 18 in deep and 42 inches long (see photos).

I would love to build a box/shelf that slides out and stores stuff. Whatever I do, do I need to put in some plywood with those dimensions to make a shelf?

I would LOVE to post a photo but it gets blurred when I try to attach it.




 

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"...do I need to put in some plywood with those dimensions to make a shelf?"
Yes, if you want a shelf of that size you will need to make the shelf of something and plywood is a common choice. It may need additional support. I've also built shelves using 2x10 or 2x12 yellow pine that is used in house framing. It's stronger than plywood so it can span greater distances and support more weight. But, you can build a shelf out of many different materials.
 
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Here are some ideas:




 
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Thank you for the ideas! I am not very good with house projects. if I wanted to put rollers in should they be on the side. bottom or above? Putting the rollers on the side would probably be the easiest but I would need to get the dimensions of the shelf exact to be lined up with the rollers.
 
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Drawer slides like these generally need about 1/2 inch space between the side of the drawer and the side support or cabinet side. (The small Ikea drawers in the photo have them recessed into the side of the drawer and need less clearance. The bottom drawer has the slides on the bottom.) There are different lengths and weight ranges. They also come in bottom mount versions. If you are making a sliding shelf there are special versions that extend further out.
 
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