After going to the woodworking show in Indy and brainstorming with my wife, I decided against a large shelving unit made from 2×4’s and plywood. Instead, I installed a rail and upright system that will be much more flexible and attractive to the next person who owns my house. That system also didn’t need to be finished/painted, which allowed me to install it in one quick evening’s work.
Here’s the before shot:
Here’s the after:
I took advantage of having all my stuff off of the shelves to really organize and decide what I needed to keep and what to throw away. Anything I haven’t touched in over a year got trashed. I also found that I was becoming a wood hoarder. In addition to a bunch of oak and cherry and some walnut that are for future projects, I had all kinds of small cutoffs in several places.
I kept playing the scene in Pulp Fiction where Jules and Vincent are at Jimmie’s house: Do you see a sign in my front yard that says small cutoffs storage? No. You know why? Because storing small cutoffs aint my business! I don’t have the room or the inclination to store a bunch of wood. I’m only going to buy what I need for that particular project.
The lumber that’s vertical and leaning against the wall and shelving (white oak and cherry) is what I’m going to use soon to wrap my new bench and build some shop furniture. My new dust collector will reside in its place.
I also installed the base cabinets along the wall. Man is that wall crooked. I’ve installed a bunch of cabinets and this was by far the worst wall I’ve ever encountered. It’s like they didn’t even care.
Here’s one of the old solid core doors waiting to be butchered into a bench top. 3’-0”-7’-0”, 1 3/4” thick and man was it heavy.
Next up install the top and add the cherry trim and install a french cleat above the bench to hang the cabinets and shelving and misc holders.
Thanks for looking.
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