Hey all fellow LJ’s,
I decided I should try this blog thing again…now that I have a clue as to what I am doing in the shop and on this site.
When I first joined LJ’s, I had done very little woodworking and was very eager to learn as much as I could. At that time, we didn’t have anywhere near the number of projects posted or number of Jocks. So, my first week as a memeber I browsed something like 912 pages of projects. I wanted to see what others had done and dream of doing it myself one day.
During that “research time”, I found a good bit of shop ideas. At the time I was workin out of a 16’x8’ shed and didn’t have a large tool selection. I was getting ready to build a new Basement Man Cave, and was looking to best orginize my new 22’x12’ shop space.
One that immediately jumped out at me as “I had to have one of them” was John Gray’s cart project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/10541, “My version of the idea I got from CharlieM1958”.
Naturally, I had to go check out CharlieM1958’s too. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/847 ,”Rolling Tool Caddy”.
These two carts, were exactly the kind of thing I was going to need in my new shop. However, Life happens on our way to somewhere else! It took me almost 6 months to build a new Masterbedroom and Workshop. Just getting moved into the shop was an ordeal that took far too long. Needless, to say some of my projects on my list took a backseat.
That was until 3 months ago when JimNEB posted his tool cart: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/34352, “Clamp Storage Cart”. When I saw that cart, it tied all the ideas I got from all three together. I got out my old scketches and started planning my new cart.
I knew I wanted to be able to store all my clamps on it, hold most of my nail guns, and my Handy Randy
toolbox. The more planning I did, the more the cart started taking on a life of it’s own. I had never built anything this large or with this level of functionality and orginization. JimNEB was a great help, he provided me with the plans he used to build his cart. I found a good amout of information in those plans and they answered most of my questions I had. I will post the plans as soon as I find them again…LOL.
I had a basic design, so I went to HD and got 2 8’x4’x 3/4” sheet of Birch ply.
I will keep blogging about the construction and add some pictures in my next post.
-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.