Shelves and drawers are a good way to add storage space to a workshop, but they must be sturdy if they’re to handle the weight of power tools.
It costs about $240 to build one of these boxes and four drawers, plus a plinth.
You’ll need two sheets of 2400 x 1200 x 19mm plywood and one 1200 x 600 x 12mm sheet, as well as pine for the plinth.
For a wall of storage, build more boxes and a full-length plinth.
Separate them with open shelving and add a worktop.
Step 1. Make the box and drawers
Secure the supports
Mark the top of the drawer supports on the sides of the boxes 355, 660 and 965mm from the base.
Apply adhesive and position the supports on the lines 12mm from the front edges.
Tack in place with brads, securing with screws.
Step 2. Assemble the box
Apply PVA adhesive, then tack the top and base to one box side with brads.
Drill 2mm pilot holes and secure with screws set at least 40mm from the edges.
Add the other side and secure using adhesive and screws.
Step 3. Secure the back
Use a builder’s square to check the box back is cut square.
Apply adhesive, then position the back and use brads to tack down one side only. Use the back to square up the box, securing with screws spaced 300mm apart.