Make a small parts cabinet


Hi everyone! I’m back from the Woodworking in America conference last week. It was great to meet so many of you.¬†

Next, I want to apologize for the autopilot mode this web site is still in. I promise the new web site will be online soon! It has been a long process and we have had a number of setbacks and challenges. Thank you for your patience!


Don’t panic! These drawers are easy to make!

The notion of making sixteen individual drawers sounds like a nightmare. Plus, it would be hard to maintain accurate sizes on all of them, especially when they are as small as these. The system I use for these is simple: make a long box with dividers, then chop them up. After cutting all the drawers, measure them and build the cabinet around them.

I made mine out of MDF because it’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and won’t pose any expansion/contraction issues. The drawers fit pretty snug, so any expansion from humidity would cause solid wood to lock into their spaces.


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  1. Love the idea of using a “key” to line things up like that. I just so happen to be building a baseball display case for my brother’s wife who is a huge Colorado Rockies fan. She gets signed baseballs a lot and wanted a nice way to store them! The key will help me keep things lined up when I build the final cabinet (I built the first one out of plywood so I could make sure it would work how I saw it in my head). Thanks again!!!

  2. The method for making all the drawers is awesome! However, I can’t see all that work to make something I could just buy for $15 from Harbor Freight. I had this post almost written before I heard your comment about making it for twice the price!

  3. Hey Steve — all of a sudden the videos have stopped working. They will play for a few seconds and then stop. Did you change something? Did I miss something? Maybe my computer is really ill??? Any ideas?


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