So there I was, standing in the big box store shaking my head. “They want how much for this crap?”, I was saying to my wife. I couldn’t believe the cost and the terrible quality of the cabinets I was looking at. I told her if I had the tools I would just build my own. Even if they were less than perfect they would be ten times better than what I was looking at. My wife being the enabler of all times looked at me and said. “Well you just got the shop you’ve always wanted. Why don’t you just buy what you need and do it?”
Now I’ve built some aquarium cabinets and other small projects over the years. All built with simple tools, the most elaborate being a borrowed chop saw. I always knew I could have done better but lacked the space, tools and practice to do so. I’ve been building radio control model planes for 30+ years and attention to detail is important or they just don’t fly well. I wanted to be able to put that kind of workmanship into my woodworking projects. The “enabler” was right. I did have that shiny new 25×50’ empty shop in the basement. However, 4 blank walls do not make a shop. Add in over 250 planes, helicopters and such and you have nothing more than a lot of decisions to make. Plus I still needed a bit of storage area for the things that can’t be stored in the pole barn during the winters in NW Indiana. What I really needed was a plan and some more convincing.