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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 02-15-2018 03:20 PM 1102 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Problem –

In my first shop lay-out, I had my bench positioned along a wall under a small window. I had my tool chest at the end of the bench, and pegs and racks for various tools on the wall above, all within easy reach. This was a great set-up for a number of years.
 

 
As time went on, I grew tired of constantly have to remove saw dust and shavings from inside my tool chest … so, I decided to move the bench to the middle of the shop for 360° access, and build a tool wall in the corner …
 

 
… this left the original pegs and racks, now cluttered with all sorts of things, as an eye sore above my sharpening station.
 
So, being inspired by Smitty's most wonderful little Nail/Screw Cabinet, I have decided to take the time and clean up this area. Besides that …
 
               
 
… I need to clean up the inside of my wall cabinet, finding room for my growing molding plane collection …
 

 
… and replace my most hideous blue DollarStore ice tray hardware bin!
 

 
And, while I’m at it … I thought perhaps I might try to find a better storage solution for my 100 plus year old jack plane … poor little guy!
 

 
So, stay tuned while I try and figure this out!
 
               
 
 
Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
Mystery Cabinet #1 - The Problem
Mystery Cabinet #2 - Considerations and Design
Mystery Cabinet #3 – And So It Begins
Mystery Cabinet #4 - I Love Dovetails
Mystery Cabinet #5 - Filling In the Shell
Mystery Cabinet #6 – Dividers
Mystery Cabinet #7 – Mystery Solved

 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 03:34 PM

The time sink that was the little nail/screw cabinet finds another victim! Hah!

Good luck, great discussion, I’ll be following along!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 03:40 PM



The time sink that was the little nail/screw cabinet finds another victim! Hah!

Good luck, great discussion, I ll be following along!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Thanks, Smitty, and thanks for the inspiration! I’m thinking something with Ambrosia maple and painted pine. I started watching Babylon Berlin on Netflix the other day and saw a great little drawer/shelf unit … thought I’d give it a try!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 04:03 PM

Good luck, Ron! I’ll be interested to see what you come up with. I’m building a till for my rasps & files at the moment, and once the box swap is done, I’ll be moving on to a plane & saw till. Might actually be able to work with a 4’ board on my 8’ bench at that point. :-/

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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visualj

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 04:54 PM



The time sink that was the little nail/screw cabinet finds another victim! Hah!
- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Truer words were never spoken…
It is amazing how long this project will take. BUT once you get it done, it will same you that time and more. So handy to know where everything is and able to pull out a drawer and get the right hardware.

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#5 posted 02-15-2018 05:06 PM


Good luck, Ron! I’ll be interested to see what you come up with. I’m building a till for my rasps & files at the moment, and once the box swap is done, I’ll be moving on to a plane & saw till. Might actually be able to work with a 4’ board on my 8’ bench at that point. :-/

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. Good luck with your  till marathon! Shouldn’t you be able to work with at least a 7’ board on an 8’ bench?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 02-15-2018 05:10 PM


The time sink that was the little nail/screw cabinet finds another victim! Hah!
- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Truer words were never spoken…
It is amazing how long this project will take. BUT once you get it done, it will same you that time and more. So handy to know where everything is and able to pull out a drawer and get the right hardware.

- visualj

Oh, I don’t know … even with a thousand drawers … I’d still manage to junk ‘em up … LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 02-15-2018 06:08 PM

This ought to be interesting. Organizing your shop just takes time and patience. It can always change just with the habits of building different things. A set up now won’t be as productive a year from now. I’ll tag along to see what you come up with. Nice jack plane. I posted a 100 year old liberty bell plane rebuild last year that was always stuffed in a drawer until now. I use it once in awhile. Had to make room for that. Good luck

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 02-15-2018 07:27 PM



This ought to be interesting. Organizing your shop just takes time and patience. It can always change just with the habits of building different things. A set up now won t be as productive a year from now. I ll tag along to see what you come up with. Nice jack plane. I posted a 100 year old liberty bell plane rebuild last year that was always stuffed in a drawer until now. I use it once in awhile. Had to make room for that. Good luck

- doubleDD

Thanks, Dave. I’ve changed my shop around about four times in the last twenty years. The last big change was after building and making room for my Hand Crank Drill Press.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 02-15-2018 09:34 PM

Shouldn’t you be able to work with at least a 7’ board on an 8’ bench?

You’d think that, wouldn’t you? I’ve got six saws and eight or nine planes sitting on the benchtop at the moment, though. Plus a couple chisels, a router plane, my dovetail saw, marking knives, pencils, straightedges, squares and other odds and ends that are in-use building the rasp & file till. And then there’s the seven or eight different glue bottles that need to have a home of their own, too. When I needed to rip a 2’ long piece of poplar in half this morning, I used my shop-stool as a sawhorse because I didn’t have enough clear space on the bench.

I should really take a picture now for the “before” but it’s kinda embarrassing.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 10:05 PM


Shouldn’t you be able to work with at least a 7’ board on an 8’ bench?

-Ron Aylor


You’d think that, wouldn’t you? I ve got six saws and eight or nine planes sitting on the benchtop at the moment, though. Plus a couple chisels, a router plane, my dovetail saw, marking knives, pencils, straightedges, squares and other odds and ends that are in-use building the rasp & file till. And then there s the seven or eight different glue bottles that need to have a home of their own, too. When I needed to rip a 2 long piece of poplar in half this morning, I used my shop-stool as a sawhorse because I didn t have enough clear space on the bench.

I should really take a picture now for the “before” but it s kinda embarrassing.

- Dave Polaschek

Too funny, Dave, but I know what you mean … I’ve been there!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 02-16-2018 03:51 AM

I am looking forward to the end result. That is a fine nail/screw cabinet that Smitty posted. Heck, I would just like to have your white walls in my shop….......

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 02-16-2018 11:18 AM



I am looking forward to the end result. That is a fine nail/screw cabinet that Smitty posted. Heck, I would just like to have your white walls in my shop….......

- Kelster58

Thanks, Kelly. Yeah, Smitty’s little cabinet is awesome. I just hope mine can compare. Hey, white walls in your shop are just a couple of hundred bft of ship-lap and a gallon or two of white-wash away! Go for it ….

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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handsawgeek

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#13 posted 02-16-2018 03:21 PM

Isn’t it amusing that our wood shops are a perpetually evolving work in progress? We think we have found the ultimate shop setup until we see some shelf, cabinet, bench, rack, chest, or fixture that we just HAVE to integrate into our own workspace. Then we end up re-arranging the entire operation to again become the ultimate shop setup. Then we read some damn forum or blog post. We see some shelf, cabinet, bench, rack, chest, or fixture that we just HAVE to integrate into our own workspace…..Then we go to an antique store or estate sale and find some new tool that we HAVE to add to our collection. Then we end up re-arranging the entire operation to make space for this new doo-dad and again become the ultimate shop setup.
Oh…Wait… here’s the parts to that woodworking project I started a year ago. Why haven’t I finished this? Perhaps it’s because I’ve been too busy pursuing the ultimate shop setup!

-- Ed

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Ron Aylor

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#14 posted 02-16-2018 03:53 PM


Isn’t it amusing that our wood shops are a perpetually evolving work in progress? We think we have found the ultimate shop setup until we see some shelf, cabinet, bench, rack, chest, or fixture that we just HAVE to integrate into our own workspace. Then we end up re-arranging the entire operation to again become the ultimate shop setup. Then we read some damn forum or blog post. We see some shelf, cabinet, bench, rack, chest, or fixture that we just HAVE to integrate into our own workspace…..Then we go to an antique store or estate sale and find some new tool that we HAVE to add to our collection. Then we end up re-arranging the entire operation to make space for this new doo-dad and again become the ultimate shop setup.
Oh…Wait… here s the parts to that woodworking project I started a year ago. Why haven’t I finished this? Perhaps it s because I’ve been too busy pursuing the ultimate shop setup!

- handsawgeek

Ed, I have the tendency to start a project and see it through to completion, so rarely do I stumble upon parts to that woodworking project started a year ago. Being a minimalist, I’m not that into doo-dads  as much as I’m into organization. I’ve changed my shop around but four times in the last twenty years … mostly for better utilization of natural light, as I’m 100% unplugged.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  https://ronaylor.wordpress.com

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handsawgeek

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#15 posted 02-16-2018 05:17 PM

Kudos on all of that. I’m really guilty of having several woodworking projects going at the same time. And that’s not to mention a few model rocket builds on the side. Great to hear that you are a minimalist. I’m heading into that direction as well as can be attested by my latest blog series. Still have a ways to go to achieve the ideal minimal workspace and tool set. I think the hardest part of getting into the minimalist mindset is accepting the concept of ‘less is more’. I have a tendency to hold on to every scrap of wood and every piece of hardware I run across. There’s always that nagging ‘I might need this someday’ thought tendency.

-- Ed

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