One thing that can make this project fun is that I usually over-build stuff which then needs a hoist to lift it (stuff like a 300 pound bird house
In this case the more weight the better (within reason
). Anything to stabilize a lathe.
I have some nice 4/4+ rough-sawn white oak that would plane down to 3/4" + to glue up for the outer case and I have a small stash of saved back, angle iron bed rails that would carry anything as drawer rails. I wouldn't want the drawers too heavy for easy use so I might use some rough-sawn white pine I have that is a skimpy 3/4" that would plane out at about 5/8" and be light enough. Just for fun I could make the drawer fronts out of some black walnut I have had for a long time. I would want to finish everything in clear poly...
I enjoy making shop furniture more than house furniture...
I have a full set of kitchen cabinets to build for the one rental house we have left and I kind of enjoy that work too. It's been a long time since I have done any of it.
I have a few sets of tool drawers in the farm shop that are steel drawers on steel runners and they tend to get fairly heavy. I used graphite spray paint on the bottom of the drawers where they slide and on the runners of the cabinet where the drawers ride. It made an amazing difference and still does. I guess it has been a couple of years now. A common trade name is "Slip Plate" and others are named similar names. I usually buy it at our local Rural King farm store.
I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill