I’ve been making some changes to my workshop. I have this dead space behind my entry door into my shop. Usually it ends up collecting boards… the kind that fall on you when you enter the shop. LOL! So over the weekend I decided to do two things… use up some of the wood I’ve been “collecting” and to clean up the shop. This was the area that my focus went to as I walked in the shop and as I closed the door a board fell and almost hit me. Oops! :)
Sometime last year I decided to take a little nightstand that was headed for the dump and make it into a mobile planer base. It’s lived in this corner every since. It’s a very handy spot.
As you can see… I have some spray paint on a small shelf, my handy extention cord holder and my planer. It really is wasted space. And I can’t really tell what kind of spray paint I have. But first… I have too many gallons of paint, primer and stains that are all over the shop. No good place to store them. So this seemed like the best place so I started building a shelf for those.
A trip to the lumber store? NO WAY!!! How about a trip to my storage building where I hoard… I mean… store my wood. LOL.
In the first pic the very top shelf has some of my cherry boards (that I got for .75 a board foot). The rest of the lumber in both pics is stuff I picked up free. Some are 2×3’s and others are 2×4’s. A local barge company uses them as spacers and throws them out when they are done. Most are 4’ long. Dirty… but good boards. I used the 2×3’s for my shelf.
Like my lumber storage here? An old metal desk frame that I took out of my sons room when he moved out. The top was wood and bowed so I took it to the storage building and ended up finding a good use for it.
I started with my sides. I started to do pocket holes. Had all the holes ready. After the first side I changed my mind. My right angle drill attachment comes in handy when I HAVE to use it. But it’s a pain in the butt. So I just screwed from the outside on the second side. After all… function is the key to this. Not looks.
(You can see the bench I’m also working on in the background on the table)
After I had both sides built I measured my space and I cut some 1/2” plywood for shelves. Again… this was plywood I got free from a contractor. When I told him I’d take those pieces he told me… “there aint no use in taking those Hun… they aint good for nothin”.
He doesn’t know me very well. LOL
(oh man, my shop is a mess!)
Then… onto the next project. I didn’t get any pictures of the build on this one. But simple enough. I built a box out of 1/2” plywood (from the same guy). Then I cut the shelves. I just used my brad nailer and some glue for this. I made four spacers for my slanted shelves. Got the plans for this over at jayscustomcreations.com. I like how this turned out. For the back I used a 1/4” sheet of plywood. Again… I used a piece of junky ply that I found at my friends house when they were moving. They were going to throw it in the dump. Not with me around!!!
No finish was necessary. These are just shop pieces that I made out of all free lumber. Only cost was the screws and the brad nails that I used. And of course they were ones I had on hand. Now I can see all my finishing supplies… Paint, spray paint, stain, pre stain, finishes… all in one place. And no more boards falling. Dead space gone.
Only one problem. Almost completely full. What shall I do when I get more? LOL!
Thanks for reading!
Don’t you love my planer stand? LOL. I just make a base, added some wheels and the night stand actually just sits down in it. When I need it I just wheel it out and then put it back when I’m done. Very handy!