Shop Storage Solutions #4: Lots of Work - Minimal Results

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Blog entry by HokieMojo posted 08-15-2009 04:30 AM 1950 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: First day of work = 3 hrs of work Part 4 of Shop Storage Solutions series Part 5: Sides are 1/2 way done »

Before I start, if anyone has any suggestions to make my blog more readable, please let me know. I spend about an hour on each entry and I still feel that they are severely lacking. I can’t do much about the topics since I only blog what I’m working on. I try to include photos too. I may be a bit long winded though. Any criticism would REALLY be appreciated.

I debated whether to post today because it doesn’t look like I did much, although I think I did lots with few visual results. I committed to blogging this project through to the end since I think I can finish it on my week off, so I guess I should do it right. I should take one moment to say that my wife has been very good about taking care of our daughter during the day so I can work on this, but there is one catch. My daughter’s playpen shares a wall with the garage. We are also trying to get her used to afternoon naps, so anytime it looks like she might zonk out, power tools have to go off. Inevitably she is ready to sleep anytime I finish laying out my cuts and have just put on my safety equipment. I spent 5 hrs working today, but probably could have done this in 3-4 if I was on my own schedule.

In the morning I ran some errands and one of those errands was to get 3” screws. That allowed me to firm up the base that I had just nailed together the prior day. I decided diagnal bracing with 2×4’s wasn’t necessary because of a couple design modifications (covered later).

Now that the base was nailed and screwed, I needed to add my wheel supports. These came from a 1’x4’ piece. Here is is marked for cutting. Hopefully you can see the 8 triangles.

After cutting them I tried to double them up with glue. I know the clamping pressure is not sufiicient for that much surface area. I thought it would make it easier to assemble everything, but changed my mind after the first two.

Now I’ve got somewhere to attach the wheels once I decide which to use. Here is what I’ve got

4 of these:

or two of each of these:

I’ve still got a day to think about the wheel choices. Now I flip over the base so it is right side up and start working my way upward. Here is the first change I made. I realized that while my design modifications would be fine for long lumber storage, I kind of need a floor to support the upright shorts. So, I’m swapping out a 2×4 from the original plans with a 1×6 to be used later. Now, the 2 pieces of 4’x6” plywood I cut yesterday are going to become part of the base. Here you can see it glued up. IT will serve as a floor for the cutoffs and will give an edge for the “A-frame” type structure to push against.

I also decided I’m going to use some scrap shelving to make a floor for the plywood. I’m certain that I could store the plywood across the exposed 2×4’s but it might do some damage to the edges, particularly when trying to load and unload the 3/4” pieces. This is my 3rd cheat (1st was using old pegboard, 2nd was swapping out a 2×4 for a 1×6 (although the 1×6 was even cheaper)).

Now I need to start in on some of these large sides. I layed out the windows on the plywood support side. I plunge cut with the circular saw. This did scare me a bit because it feels like I’m cutting on a table saw without a fence or miter gauge. I’m not sure what the difference is except for maybe h.p.m but I guess it worked fine. here are the pictures

Once all is done, it looks like this:

So here is what I still need to do.
1 attach wheels
2 Attach the MDF to the base for the plywood storage side.
3 Attach the cleats
4 Cut the shelves to width and angle the edges to match the slant of the sides (the sides will be 18” apart at the base, with 3 subsequent shelves being 16”, 14”, and 12”.
5 Attach the shelves
6 layout the dividers (unless you guys think my plunge cuts came out perfectly straight)
7 attach dividers
8 attach the front of the cut-off bin

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-15-2009 05:37 AM

I think your blogs are just fine. generally speaking, I find blogs are easier to read when they are broken into paragraphs with pictures in between – which is how yours are (hence I find your blogs just fine, and a good read).

I personally also think that blogs, on top of sharing the process with others, are a good way to put your thoughts and ideas down, so that you can read, and re-read them yourself, which helps put things in perspective, and be more prepared for the next steps of the project. I also find that when I take pictures, and post them, it helps me sometimes see errors, or things that I missed during working on a part. again – helps one’s self focus on the project, and deal with things in a more controlled manner.

I know what you mean about nap time – I used to be just the same, and although it can slow things down, and be frustrating at times, when you stop and think about it – the perspective changes ,and the reasons become golden.

good luck on the rest of the project – so far it looks great!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 08-15-2009 02:33 PM

I agree with Sharon about the blog. It works fine if it is broken up with pictures, as you have done.

One comment I would suggest is to use locking swivel casters for all of your wheels. The fixed casters will only move in one direction. I used them on my mobile miter saw stand and it is a challenge to change direction with the cart.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 08-15-2009 02:45 PM

onwards and upwards ,
good blog .

yes on all swivels .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 08-15-2009 03:56 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. It is good to know someone gets something from this. I know that personally, I’ve grown to enjoy reading the blogs more than the project postings. Blogs are always almost always more original than the projects. I still enjoy the projects, but they have become a bit repetivie now that the site has grown so large.

I’ll take your advice on the casters and go with all 4 locking swivels. I was thinking a wider mounting plate might make the black casters better, but I can se what you mean and will go with red.

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#5 posted 08-15-2009 09:30 PM

Your blogs are well written and easy to follow. Keep it up. Yes go with the red casters. You will find that the black ones are hard and don’t roll very well once you have added some weight, which is your plan for this beastie. Looking forward to the next post.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 02:47 AM

good progress

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 03:37 AM

Your blogs look good as everyone else has said. Your progress is just fine. Keep up the posts and continue on. Keep on making sawdust.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 08-23-2009 03:42 AM

Great progress.

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