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:
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 - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.