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by Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

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The Ultimate Drawer Liner?

In my prior shop space the concrete floor was a stone cold killer. I tried everything to minimize the impact of impacts between floor and feet and floor and tools. One attempt was with some rubbery interlocking two-foot square floor tiles. They were inexpensive and worked pretty well.

In my new shop, the floor is wood and raised above the concrete floor with a vapor barrier and insulation. The rubbery floor tiles are no longer needed and were sitting in a neat stack, just waiting to be "repurposed" in some way. Cut to size (which also removes the interlocking tabs), these floor tiles make perfect drawer liners.

Since I had nine same-size drawers, I cut a piece of scrap plywood to size and used it as a template to cut the drawer liners from the floor tiles. A sharp utility knife did the trick, although I did have to change the blade four times.

The floor tile material is about a quarter-inch thick. One side is smooth and the other has an embossed texture, ostensibly for traction. After cutting to size, I installed them in the drawers with the smooth side up.

These are, by far, the best drawer liners I have ever used. Because they are thick, they do not slide or bunch up. They offer considerable padding, are easy to clean, and seem to be impervious to almost everything. When they were on the floor in my old shop I spilled glue, mineral spirits, and lots of coffee on them, and they clean up easily. If you can afford to give up a quarter-inch of drawer depth, try these as liners. I think you will like them.

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Steven Johnson is recently retired from an almost 30-year career selling medical equipment and supplies, and now enjoys improving his shop, his skills, and his designs on a full time basis (although he says home improvement projects and furniture building have been hobbies for most of his adult life).

Steven can be reached directly via email at downtoearthwoodworks@me.com.

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