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« on: June 18, 2011 10:52:00 AM »

My house has an open floor plan, so there is no hiding the space under my drafting table.  It was filling up with paintings, paint, random supplies, bits of models, and huge dust bunnies.  I wanted somewhere to keep my larger watercolors, the ones that don't fit in the file cabinet, and my husband wanted me to clear out under the the drafting table.  Thus, the flat file was born.


I designed it to fit under the table, which has a support that goes across the bottom.  The cutout in the side is to let the support pass under the cabinet.  The handles are brass reproduction Victorian bin pulls I got online from Kennedy Hardware.  They're for typography cases.  I was worried they would be too tall (the drawers are quite shallow), but they worked perfectly.  They were a real pain to put in, though.  The screws were too long.  If I did it again, I'd get different screws for them.
It's built out of 1/2" maple/birch ply, with birch veneer edging, finished with 6 thin coats of oil-based poly.

Finished and in place under the drafting table, with cat:

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2011 11:25:10 AM »

I love this!  I love drawer sets like these and this is a beautiful one.  Though maybe it's really a cat throne that just happens to have drawers?


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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2011 02:47:10 PM »

Bravo! Looks very professional! I love making my own organizational systems too. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! *Rocks*
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011 03:17:29 PM »

LOVE IT! especially the drawer pulls.

I do have to say that I love how animals always think anything new was made for them, like "hey human, thanks, how did you know I like sunbathing right here in this exact spot?"

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2011 07:47:11 PM »

That's simply gorgeous.  Well-crafted - very nicely done. 
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2011 10:50:27 AM »

wow this looks beautifully made!

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011 11:45:44 AM »

This item looks really great.  It DOES look professional like someone already mentioned.

I was staring at the drawers and pulls so intently that I didn't even notice your cat was there until I read someone else's post!
I was like, "what are they talking about?"  So, I scrolled back up suddenly the cat appeared!!!

He wasn't there before right? Tongue

Great job.

« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2011 07:23:59 AM »

I totally need one of these for all of my large paper scraps. Paper is the one thing I can't seem to organize, and my husband is also going a little nutty about it. I think you should caption the one with the kitty "O hai, u didn't have 2 make me a bed but thx u!"

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2011 11:36:33 PM »

This is great! I've been thinking about making one of these to wrangle my BF's prints. You did a beautiful job!

Very inspiring.
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2011 02:15:48 PM »

    If you are interested in putting on lable holders, I found the least expensive place to buy them are in the scrap booking section of craft stores. I redid an Ikea flat fold and wanted to remember what was in each drawer.

Nice work!

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