Shop Update #6: Getting started on some storage

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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 04-24-2011 05:02 AM 1137 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife is finally feeling better after an absolutely dreadful couple of weeks. 14 days of 102+ degree fevers are just brutal.

I checked out a used Ridgid TS3650 this week as I am still considering an upgrade from my jobsite saw, but I will tell you that people in Winnipeg are unrealistic about pricing of used items. This particular saw had been used as a table for some angle-grinding work and the top was chewed up on the edges. It was thoroughly corroded (three years outdoors with now wax/sealent on the cast iron), and there were parts literally held on with tape. All for the low, low price of $400. Seriously.

Anyhow, I picked up supplies for the french cleat tool organizers that I mentioned in my last post. I was going to use quarter sheets of 1/2” oak ply but my local shop had a deal on half sheets on baltic birch ply. Half sheets are 60” x 30” so I bought three, and I’ll get a similar amount of storage out of it. The extra size might be helpful for some of the longer things I need to store like my straightedge and my 50” tool guide.

I ripped down a bunch (something like 70 linear feet) of 1×4 red oak for the trim and the cleats and started framing out the sheets of ply. Hopefully by Monday, I’ll have them up on the wall and I’ll be ready to start making the individual tool holders. All of this has been loads of trouble without a dedicated assembly table. That is definitely the next project, followed up by dust collection.

Pictures to follow!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 10:03 PM

That is the question; How to build a workbench, without a workbench to build upon?

Keep on keeping on, looking forward to pictures. Without pictures, it didn’t happen! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 03:26 AM

Tell me about it! I’ve been using the rather large box that still has my shed packed in as a temporary assemble area.

It’s not super flat or anything but it works.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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