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Blog series by Bill Berklich updated 11-10-2018 12:41 AM 10 parts 17063 reads 30 comments total

Part 1: In the begining

11-06-2017 06:38 PM by Bill Berklich | 0 comments »

In the beginning chaos reigned. Yep, that about sums up my “shop”. Or to quote my wife: “What a mess”! Easily 50% of my time is spent searching for a tool or hardware I know I have and dancing around everything trying not to knock over wood piles or tools. I had a decent shop once but after several moves and life changes I’ve never been able to actually pull together another organized workspace. Now I’m staring at another move in 18 to 24 months and ...

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Part 2: Well that didn't take long

11-06-2017 07:09 PM by Bill Berklich | 6 comments »

Of course not – I’ve been thinking about this for about 6 months. And like most have done a LOT of internet searches on “Tool Cabinets”; “Toolboxes”; “Tool Chests” (Yes I have the book); “Hanging Tool Cabinets”; “Tool Hanging”; “Tool Storage” and several more permutations. If you think I may have missed one let me know. There are hundreds of solutions, as many as there are Woodworkers, and so many great id...

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Part 3: Some Initial Sketches

11-08-2017 02:21 PM by Bill Berklich | 2 comments »

I did a bit of sketching to capture my thoughts – far easier to change lines than recut wood. Here’s a start. apologies for the curvature. Apparently my Cell has a 26 or 28 mm fl equivalent lens. I can also see that my talents as a sketch artist are sadly lacking so I think I’ll take a tip from the previous post and start learning SketchUp.

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Part 4: Thoughts in SketchUp

11-12-2017 09:35 PM by Bill Berklich | 3 comments »

Temps dropped, cold in the shop so refocused to more indoor activities. Friday (November 10th), of course, was the U.S. Marine Corps 242nd Birthday – Semper Fi Brothers past, present, and future, and may we serve 300 more with honor. Did the Vets day thing too on Saturday served breakfast to a host of Korea and Vietnam Vets and some of the few remaining WWII Vets too. I have to say that I met a guy who was on the USN Nautilus. The first nuclear sub and the first to sail under the pola...

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Part 5: Lower Cabinet Design - Tool Packing

11-23-2017 02:59 AM by Bill Berklich | 5 comments »

SktechUp – what a great tool! I can change things much easier, explore design options, and visualize architectures far easier. After a couple false starts a bit of learning on how SketchUp works compared to its big brothers the lower cabinet literally came together. The lower cabinet is expressly to house most of my power tools – the ones I reach for regularly. The multi-tool and biscuit joiner will stay in their respective cases because they just don’t get used much. T...

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Part 6: Lower Case Assembly

10-07-2018 06:26 PM by Bill Berklich | 0 comments »

Ok – It’s been awhile since I had the chance to work on my Tool Cabinet. Last November to be exact. But, the project is underway once again. Getting back into any long shelved project is always a challenge, time passes, things are forgotten, pieces are mislaid, and parts are used for other purposes. No different on this project but after a week of excavating, rooting, and cleaning I managed to identify and collect all of the critical parts and pieces. As I stood staring at the pile of lumb...

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Part 7: Other Projects - Outfeed Cart

10-07-2018 07:32 PM by Bill Berklich | 2 comments »

Life isn’t linear. Nothing, at least in my life, follows a straight line or well-marked path. On the way to working on the Tool cabinet several other projects happened. I’ll start with the Outfeed Cart. I’ve had all of my sanding supplies just stuffed in a box – actually three boxes and I’ve long wanted a place for everything so I can find it, get it, and store it. Because of my situation I need a couple of features 1) it had to be mobile. 2) it has two slip under my Table Saw wing and 3...

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Part 8: Other projects – Lathe cart

10-14-2018 12:06 AM by Bill Berklich | 0 comments »

So along the way I built a Lathe cart. My lathe isn’t big so I had it sitting on a garage sale table without casters so it was always where ai didn’t want or need it. In keeping with building things with leftover and scrap wood I created it in two parts an upper and a lower. Never to be separated – I just didn’t have any big pieces. I made the top long enough to accommodate a small grinder and when it is not in use I can hang the grinder on the end. The cart has two full with dr...

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Part 9: Other projects – Evolution of a Shop Vac cart

10-29-2018 05:46 PM by Bill Berklich | 3 comments »

And… I built a Dust Deputy based Shop Vac Cart. Like everyone I started with 1, 2, 3 Shop vacs. And like everyone I found they were great for general vacuuming but filled/clogged fast. I just HATED emptying these and knocking out the filter because invariable dust ended up everywhere. So reading through lots posts and articles (and being cheap) I tried the PVC pipe and bucket idea. It worked pretty well for big stuff but the fine dust still clogged the filter and frankly it was a pain to u...

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Part 10: Marking Tool Swap Fall 2018

11-10-2018 12:41 AM by Bill Berklich | 9 comments »

Still not focusing on the Tool Cabinet, I joined the LJ Fall Swap. My first one and let me tell you the guys in the swap are expert. Knowing the everyone has most of the standard marking tools I looked around the shop and my eyes landed on a set of pinch sticks. Just poplar stained with Dychem (for metalworking) and coated with Wattco. The sliders are just 3/4” square steel tube drilled and tapped. But a great starting point because I figured that most people don’t have/use...

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