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Blog series by HokieMojo updated 03-13-2011 05:53 AM 8 parts 128732 reads 63 comments total

Part 1: Planning the Lumber Rack

08-11-2009 07:50 PM by HokieMojo | 9 comments »

EDIT: PHOTOS HAVE BEEN ADDED BELOW IN THE COMMENTS SECTION I’ve been inspired by the recent projects of some of my Lumberjocks Buddies (even if they don’t know they are my buddies). In particular, I’ve really liked some of the storage solutions being built by sIKE, Greg Wurst, and Spaids. This is going to be a long post, so if you make it to the end, do you mind posting to let me know if anyone is really reading? I’m going to try and do photos as I work which sh...

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Part 2: Why I Need Storage & the Materials to Fix the Problem

08-14-2009 06:10 AM by HokieMojo | 4 comments »

In the previous edition, I stated that I wanted to build a lumber/sheetgood/clamp rack. Here is all the lumber I need it to hold: In this last photo, you can’t see that the lumber goes about 10 boards deep. Here is my current lumber rack, which as you can see is pretty full. I do love it, but I don’t have enough wall space to add another. Here is the clamp rack that I want to replace. I was about 1/4 way into the project when I found out I was going to be a...

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Part 3: First day of work = 3 hrs of work

08-14-2009 06:33 AM by HokieMojo | 2 comments »

I’m taking a few days off of work to spend some tiem with the family. I’m also trying to get a bit of work done on my storage solution. Today was a great day with my wife and baby daughter at the local farmers market and splurging on some pizza at a downtown restaurant, but after that and hanging around playing, I didn’t start working in the garage till about 4:00. I didn’t do much, but I cleared enough space to work (not easy when the space requires 3 full plywood...

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Part 4: Lots of Work - Minimal Results

08-15-2009 04:30 AM by HokieMojo | 8 comments »

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 v...

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Part 5: Sides are 1/2 way done

08-15-2009 10:41 PM by HokieMojo | 6 comments »

First off, I’m amazed by people that crank out quality projects. This construction grade project has been slow going and there really isn’t too much detail. The heat is also really wearing on me so I only did about 4 hrs today. I doubt it looks like 4 hours of work, but lots of predrilling and lots of screws. I started off with the objective of finishing the base. I needed to complete the floor for the plywood storage and attach the wheels. The shelf floor went on just fine...

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Part 6: Now it looks like a lumber rack

08-18-2009 05:37 AM by HokieMojo | 14 comments »

Well, I’ve got some bad news for the 3-4 people reading my blog. This is going to be the last post for a while. I was hoping to finish everything during my vacation, but it won’t be done in time and I’ve got a few other things I need to do over the next few weeks. The good news is that I’m just about done. The last few steps will be kind of time consuming with minimal results, so I don’t think anyone will be dying to see the next few posts. I will blog the...

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Part 7: A final descision on the sheet goods storage

01-27-2011 04:36 AM by HokieMojo | 4 comments »

I finally made up my mind about what to do with the lumber rack in the last blog post. The theory was that the behemoth of a rack would sit in the right bay of my garage. When I wanted to do some woodworking, I’d pull my wife’s car out, push the rack into her spot, and then I could work at my bench. I know you don’t see it in the photo above, but the opposite side would hold tons of tools and clamps. That means that right behind me would be everything I needed at m...

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Part 8: Mobile Tool Cart (with photos)

03-13-2011 05:53 AM by HokieMojo | 16 comments »

This post relates to a project I’ve been designing in my mind for a couple of years. I’ve had a lot of trouble figuring out exactly how I wanted to configure everything on my cart to effectively utilize 4 bench tools (miter saw saw, band saw, drill press, and bench grinder) while still fitting a lot of storage underneath and remaining mobile. Here is what I built It is about 3 feet tall (not counting the casters) is 4 feet wide, and is 20” deep. I used about 1 1/2 sh...

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