Deep Workbench Drawers / Sliding Ball Bearing Runners / Installation

I had two workbenches, which I had made some years ago.  The frame was assembled by bolting lengths of studwork timber, and the top and bases were two 18mm sheets of Ply and MDF.  I decided to sacrifice to most damaged table, turning its components into deep drawers to change / increase my storage space.

With this, I am recycling four sliding runners, which would otherwise be fitted on flat pack cabinets.  Using the oscillating tool I cut any metal clips or hooks, which would otherwise prevent the sliders from being screwed flush onto the drawer or supports.  The drawers glide in and out a lot more easily without the usual wear and tear of normal wooden parts, and they also take a far greater weight in comparison.

After dismantling the individual components of the identical workbench, which I illustrated with a poorly places and time shot in the video, I measures, cut and placed horizontal pieces of studwork timber between the legs, to providing space to fasten the runners.  The overall design is quite brutal and the workbench, painted aluminium grey stands stubbornly like a building.  This rugged look of the workbench also allows me to work without worrying about having to hide marks left behind from making, such as throwing the drawer off the assembly top.

To keep all the drawers level I used pre measured blocks to space all the components.  This allows me to work quickly without have to resort to the tape measure.  The drawer sliders extend along the full length of the workbench, which will allows easy access to all the content, and because the bench is heavy, this doesn’t result in everything tipping over.

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