This whole “I’m building a workshop and I’m building it NOW!” thing came out of starting a project (to build a 4×5 view camera) and getting VERY frustrated at not being able to locate my tools. Nothing has a place where it belongs. Nothing is organized. Well, that’s about to change! Today I built two tool boards. One 3’x8’ which is located where the workbench will go once it is built. The second is a smaller 3’x4’ tool board...
(Note: This blog is the most current, as of November 16. It should be #8.)* Hello winter. We have snow on the ground but nothing like to the north in Wisconsin. Still, timing is everything. I have spent the time between my last blog and now racing the weather to complete the bench and get shop ready for the car to come back. If I had one of those little compacts this would be no big deal, likewise a large garage. But the car is a Durango and the shop is only 18×20. And my pl...
Mary May's on line wood carving lessons ***AND turning blanks for carving a Philly Highboy rosette #4: A place so store my now, 40 gouges and chisels
I wanted to make something to store my chisels safely. I started with an approximate size knowing I have about 40 chisels and gouges so far. I sawed 3/4 pine in half and hand cut some dovetail ends. Cut a recess in the bottom of the sides for a plywood bottom. 3/16 luan. Then I took some 3/4 pine strips 2” wide and used a forstner bit to put some 1” holes into them. These would hold the tools. I made a second frame with the same hole pattern, offset the front...
I am about to redo part of my work shop. I currently have a pegboard system for hanging my tools. Ive seen alot of things showing that some people like using French Cleat systems. Has anyone used that type of system and recommend French Cleats? Anybody like one of the other?
To put it mildly, disorganization is a bit of an issue in my shop. I have a 2.5 year old and a 6 month old, so my shop time is sporadic and often interrupted. Working in a 1-car garage, I can’t really afford to have clutter. Thus, I decided to build a cabinet for my growing collection of hand planes and tools. The cabinet will need to have a reasonably well-sealing door, since I have an unheated shop in a humid environment and rust can be a problem. I started by making a list of ...
Inspired by that little tool box I posted on the hand tools forum I’ve decided to build a small box of my own. The biggest tool I wanted to fit is my 12” x 18” framing square. The widest tool at the moment (there might be some changes) is the handle of an 8” brace at 3”. So the interior dimensions are 12 1/4” x18 1/4” x 3 1/2” . I have some teak left over from a job about three years ago that is already 1/2” thick so that is the wood IR...
Let me start by giving a brief overview of my shop, or the thing I like to call my shop. My “shop” is an 8’x8’ shed that sits in my back yard with an extension cord, or sometimes two, ran out to it from the house. Lets face it, the thing is a mess! I can’t hardly do anything in there! I have 2 workbenches and a whole mess of shelves with no real way to organize anything. One workbench has my scroll saw, drill press, and band saw on it. The other is where I do ev...
I’m still working on my shop. Unfortunately I’ve had a few interruptions with a honey do list and some work on the house as well as my work for the plant. So it’s moving a little slower than I had hoped. This is not meant to be anything other than a carpentry project and as you can see there is nothing pretentious about it. Its purely functional and practical in nature. In selecting the tools that I would place here I suppose two of the most important criteria were items ...
In this part of this blog I will show the preparation of what I call a wall tool cupboard. I would call this a carpentry project. In building this cupboard I am interested mainly in building something useful for the shop that is purely utilitarian in nature. With that in mind it was not built as though I were working on a piece of furniture. It’s a useful carpentry project – nothing more. In the picture above on the right hand you can see the door entrance to the kitchen of...
As I am working on this transformation, I am discovering just how small of a space I have to work with for my new workshop. This has forced me to look for additional space saving resolutions. The tool cubby is complete. It isn’t much to look at from a craftsmanship perspective, but it fits the bill for storing my power tools. These images also show the progress on my wood storage rack and work table. As you can see, budget is one of the main drivers here. The cabinet that I mounted abov...
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