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Blog entry by Rich99 posted 02-25-2010 05:19 AM 1338 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i have an 84 by 16×39” Parsons Bench. It is in my second bedroom, up agains the only avalable wall in the room (it’s a gambrel house; my outer walls are slanted inward). The bench has become the despignated storage area for stuff from all the other rooms… stationary supplies form my office/computer area, tools, clothes, books, old computer monitors, junk, sewing supplies and torn clothing, etc. it’s overflowing.

so, i drew up a set of plans for a set of shelves to sit upon the parsons bench. it will be 72” wide and 52” tall. I decided to use b/c sanded 3/4” plywood… i used some on mt radial arm saw project (more on that later), and was very pleased with the quality. besides, i’m tired of working with pine shelving—it’s always so curved that i can’t make a decent joint.

now, maneuvering and cutting 4×8’ sheets of 3/4 plywood ain’t easy under the best of circumstances, but in my shop, it’s practically impossible. i refer you to a picture from the RAS project:

But, in only a mon th, I’ve managed to cut the sides and shelves. I had to use my worm drive circular saw with a home made straight-edge to cut the 72” top and permanent shelf… and enough shelving-width stock for verticals and adjustable shelves. Boy, once those panels are cut down, they’re so much easier to work with!!!

Here arfe the four big pieces (top, permanent shelf and sides) drying after an initial overall sanding with 180 grit and a random orbit sander. after the sanding, i wet down all the surfaces with water and let them dry. this playwood, after all in pine faced, and i am dreading using any kind of stain on it, so by raising the grain and resanding with 280 grit, i’m hoping for a non-blotchy finish, no matter what i use. after the fine sanding, i will wipe down the pieces with diluted shellac, and sand again (by hand with 280) before staining. i’m told this will minimize the blotchy look of stained pine.

I can’t wait to get this project finished and OUT of my shop. It takes up so much room! I’m not sure how I’m gonna shellac, stain and seal all of this surface area… may one or two parts at a time. here’s a shot of another pile of parts… somewhere in there are two half-shelves, and two vertical dividers (refer to diagram).

that’s all for tonight, folks. next entry, i’ll have some room to breathe in there.

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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#1 posted 02-25-2010 05:43 AM

Thanks Rich

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 06:11 AM

I know what you mean about the big projects. I have more big projects than i care to think about. Good luck with the cabinet.

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 08:16 AM

Tight anbd cozy, it’s good to give the circular saw a work out now anbd again!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#4 posted 08-07-2010 03:39 PM

Rich, my shop is very small as well. What I usually do with plywood is take it outside and use my four saw horses, a strait piece of wood, some c-clamps, and a circular saw to bust it up. Then I can use my table saw and crosscut sled to cut these down to size. Sometimes if I have thought out my project well enough and happen to be buying my plywood at Lowes or Home Depot I take advantage of their vertical panel saws and let them make some strategic cuts. This saves me a little work and also makes it a little more joyful to load my plywood up on the truck. :-) I’m 60, now, and have had a ruptured disc in the past as well as some bad knees so I need all the help I can get. I have found that if you take your time and select a good strait board as a guide and lay it out properly you can do surprisingly accurate work with a circular saw and a router. I like your shop. I’m working on two large worktables for my shop and right now my shop is a wreck because of it. Big projects and small shops just don’t mix well but ‘we duz what we has too’.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-07-2010 03:45 PM

Thanks Rich, thats a nice tip.

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#6 posted 08-08-2010 12:38 AM

hiya wreck—this guy charles—beginningwoodworker—CHIII—is doing it right.

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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