The Basement #18: The Wall

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 09-12-2011 02:34 AM 4362 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This wall has been an eyesore for awhile now….during some of the shop expansions, it got repurposed a few times…

Here is the before picture:

And the after picture:

I still need to build tool holders and such for the wall cleats – the stuff in the photo are existing things I hung up for the photo – but it’s a good start.

Some build photos….....

The wall was resheeted in cheap borg ply and added four rows of wall cleats made from Maple flooring:

The bases are Oak – really rough Oak, but it cleans up ok….I left the knots and all. All mortise and tenon and super sturdy:

One base has the angled “dust-free” shelves and the other has a flat bottom with random width stock – literally cut whatever was in the shorts bin…

The slanted version has little adjustable block things that you can put wherever to store whatever:

The countertop is more repurposed bowling alley lane. Also added the Jatoba strips so it matches the workbench

Here is the raw bowling lane – it is the thin stuff they use on the approach area:

And with the nails removed:

And surfaced:

Made 2 six foot counters (18” wide), and built each one in 2 pieces so I could run them through the power planer before gluing the 2 sides together:

Unfortuneately they still weren’t flat….....flat is not easy to come by….I tried hand planing but the tearout was out of control.

Not sure I would recommend this next step, but it did work resonably well. I took the sliding table off my drum sander And fed the boards in from the outfeed side – sanding half the length at a time. The problems are sander snipe (really easy to do using this technique) and some mismatch in the middle.

The hand belt sander covered up some of these problems, and for the most part – they are pretty darn flat:

Also built a wall cleat mount for the monitor and added a sliding keyboard tray so it should help keep the counter clear:

The computer is below the counter:

Here is the bench and counter:

Like I said before – have a bunch of stuff I want to store on the wall – so more updates on that later:

Now for something totally different – check out this cool little garage sale find ($2.00). I figured I would pop the gauge out of it and use it in a project – but it’s cool as is – I believe it was built in the 50’s by Woodcroftery and it is stamped “Cherry”.

Thanks for looking!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 02:55 AM

Very nice Jeff, you make me feel bad because mine is such a pig pen. Like the way the bench top came out. Job well done.


Hey, did you see, Jeffery (God of Biscuts) won Reserve Grand Champion on his clock entry?

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 02:56 AM

WOW! Lots of work there, very nice. What exactly is that thing you found at the yard sale? It is pretty nice.

-- Pie

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 03:08 AM

Hey Jim – good to hear from you – thansk for the comments and not familar with the clock entry/ Whats the story?

Pie – Thanks for the comments – I belive it is a Hygrometer for measuring the moisture in the air. The scale it uses seems wrong to me, maybe someone out there knows this gadget. The little hole on the back is for calibrating – there is a little screw in there and will adjust the reading to whatever you want…


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 03:59 AM

The gadget is a barometer. It’s to forecast weather and read humidity. Nice work on the shop. Love the benches.

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 04:01 AM

you guys in the midwest have cool basements. out here in california basements are creepy small dank places that bad people take the unwary to do the unspeakable.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 09-12-2011 05:48 AM

Jeff, that is a really good looking shop with a lot of great ideas in it for tool storage. I love the plane rack and the bowling alley wood.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#7 posted 09-12-2011 06:16 AM

Hi Jeff. So you´ve been busy lately. That is a great compose counter-top.

Great job.

I love the dust-free shelves idea. Never thought about them.

Nice finding on the Barometer. That one is an aneroid barometer. A very thin metal comprising air inside, register air pressure. It measures the current atmospheric pressure in inches, which is indicated with the black arrow. The yellow arrow can be rotated. So you let coincide both arrows at certain moment. Changes in pressure will affect the black arrow only. So you can watch after ( usually in 2 or 3 hours) the change in the pressure by comparing both arrows. Usually you need to tap a couple of times the glass to make the black arrow to move. It moves very slightly. More important than knowing the current pressure, is knowing how it is changing, either rising, falling o being steady. And this is an indicator of weather changes for the next 12 /24 hours. This artifact is the single most important help (other than the eyes) for sailors for understanding what will happen with the weather.

A good summary

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 09-12-2011 12:15 PM

Nice work, and nice collection of planes. Countertops look first-rate!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#9 posted 09-12-2011 03:41 PM

Jeff, I was thinking you were buddies with GodofBiscuits (Jeffery) but I just looked at your buddies list and I see you are not. Jeffery just lives a couple of miles from me and when he moved here from Orange County a couple of years ago he & I became buddies. Well, he made this clock a few years back, entered it into the OC Fair and did well so he entered it into the Puyallup Fair here. The Puyallup is in the top ten in the nation for size and runs for almost 3 weeks. Here is his blog on the entry. Easier for you to read then for me to tell the story.
At the end of the blogs you’ll see he did well.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 09-13-2011 01:34 AM

Hey James – it is a barometer indeed – I stand corrected. It was made in West Germany and looks like a pretty good instrument – since the picture was taken a few days ago, it dropped from 30.6 to 30.1….and the forecast is for cooling temps, does that make sense?

Jumbojack – I lived in Alpine (east of San Diego) for awhile and don’t recall ever seeing a basement…I like the basement, but we had some unbeliveable rain this summer and had some flooding in the precious basement, so that was not cool at all – fortunately it never got to the wood room…..

Rob – thanks for the comments – the plane storage was really a big motivator in the project. I should add that I prefer the open cabinets, even tho they get dusty…..I like visual storage. Any time I put something in a cabinet it seems to be lost on me….

Fernando – always appreciate your comments – thanks. The barometer tutorial is helpful also. According to your post – we have a change in weather coming!

MOJOE – thanks – I am kind of on a kick to get Maple work surfaces in the shop and these were done on very low budget…..didn’t really mention that before, but all these updates were done for less than $100 cash and still have a bunch of raw material left :)

Jim – Thanks for the heads up on the clock – looks like an amazing project and I will check it out in detail…..

Appreciate all the comments!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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