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New Home Workshop #9: Needed A Fix

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 03-08-2018 02:05 PM 646 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: New Outfeed Table for the Unisaw - Well Sort Of Part 9 of New Home Workshop series Part 10: Fun Addressing Another Little Annoyance »

Yesterday I decided to forego doing some other things around the house that still need attention – oh and continuing to unpack boxes :( – and chose to get a small shop fix. It’s been a while and I really needed to be in the shop making something, anything, to get away from the drudgery of the after-move.

So I decided to take on a small project that cured an ill that’s been bugging me since my old shop back in Brooklyn – having a dedicated storage solution for abrasives. The reclaimed green cabinet pictured below, was my prior storage for abrasives and pretty much everything else that didn’t have it’s own home. It started to become a mess of a situation. Happily, I had some plywood and MDF on hand and left over from another project I made a few weeks back – some window seat cushions for my bathroom/closet/dressing room. Yeah that’s the “man’s” dressing room here in the new digs. There’s one for the lady of the house too. That remains empty lol

Well this is the little cabinet/holder I came up with – sort of a combination of other’s solutions to this. Oh I started with an idea, but no plan. Man it’s way better to have a plan. I didn’t start out with the idea of having the shelves slide, so routing the slots after the fact and in each individual component really sucked lol No matter how accurately you have your equipment dialed in, getting those little dados to align perfectly is a bear. Should have made all of the dados and just cut the board up after the fact. Ah but no plan and well, I paid the price in frustration. :O

Here’s the seat cushions I made using some pleather purchased off of Amazon. They’re much easier on the butt than the bare Brazilian cherry lol

Next up is a storage solution for all of the pin nailers and staplers I have, some of which are just sitting on that cabinet behind the bench. :)

Oh today I’ll be receiving the ducts for my DC from Oneida. Guess that will be a few day job getting them installed. I’ll have to assemble the DC first though ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 02:49 PM

Bill, way too much energy! I’m tired just reading the post. My packing is proceeding slowly, our house has its first showing Friday so guess i’d better get going.

Everything looks first class, great progress.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 02:59 PM

Thanks Kevin. Ah the energy for doing “house things” is waning. Maybe it’s been the time of year and the dreary weather, but with DST ending by weeks and and hopefully some better weather, it will come back. I’ve been doing things to make the house more energy efficient, changing all of the overhead lighting and outdoor lighting to LED and installing timers and smart switches. Man I shaved off quite a lot of watts doing just that. It’s boring and not creative, but a needed endeavor. Looking forward to not having those chores and being able to just amble down to the shop to “play” :)

Good luck with your house showing. Oh and the move too. I’m sure you’ll be happy when it’s a reality. Just be prepared to wonder what the inside of your shop looks like for a bit lol We get used to having things just so and our stuff in a place where we can find it readily. When everything is in a box somewhere in the house and you then need to choose where it needs to be, it’s work and not play :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 11:48 PM

Bill, I am getting a FLW vibe from your house. I am truly envious if I am correct. Say it ain’t so, Bill.

-- Art

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#4 posted 03-10-2018 12:01 AM

So there are some windows and not a bad view. It looks to be turning out nicely. Hope the move hasn’t set you back too bad. Looking forward to seeing one of my saws in these pictures ;)

-- Brian Noel

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#5 posted 03-10-2018 12:56 AM



Bill, I am getting a FLW vibe from your house. I am truly envious if I am correct. Say it ain t so, Bill.

- AandCstyle

Hey Art. Not sure what FLW is, but it must be something good lol


So there are some windows and not a bad view. It looks to be turning out nicely. Hope the move hasn t set you back too bad. Looking forward to seeing one of my saws in these pictures ;)

- bearkatwood

Brian those aren’t the shop windows. Man I wish they were in the shop. I’m looking forward to seeing one of your saw put to work in my shop too lol Maybe a carcass saw with a nice curly walnut tote? ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 03-10-2018 01:04 AM

FLW = Frank Lloyd Wright I thought you of all people would be among the cognoscenti. Now, I will guess that your new home isn’t FLW and that I was wrong once again. haha

-- Art

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 03-10-2018 01:11 AM



FLW = Frank Lloyd Wright I thought you of all people would be among the cognoscenti. Now, I will guess that your new home isn t FLW and that I was wrong once again. haha

- AandCstyle


LOL well I guess that is something I should have known, but it went way over my head. You wouldn’t be the first to suggest that. Actually the architect who designed, built and lived here was responsible for some restorative work done to the Kaufmann residence – Fallingwater. There’s certainly some FLW influence in this house design.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 03-10-2018 01:18 AM

Whew, I feel better now. The relatively low ceilings, lots of windows and low window sills were the clues I used to hazard my guess. Fallingwater is one of my favorite places, especially in the Spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom and the creek is rushing.

-- Art

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builtinbkyn

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#9 posted 03-10-2018 01:20 AM



Whew, I feel better now. The relatively low ceilings, lots of windows and low window sills were the clues I used to hazard my guess. Fallingwater is one of my favorite places, especially in the Spring when the rhododendrons are in bloom and the creek is rushing.

- AandCstyle


I have yet to visit FW. That’s at the top of my agenda this Spring :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 03-10-2018 01:23 AM

What’s that saying? Good judgement comes from experience… which comes from bad judgement. I tell myself that every time I put a project together in the wrong order. “Well, I learned something from that one!”

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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builtinbkyn

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#11 posted 03-10-2018 05:19 AM



What’s that saying? Good judgement comes from experience… which comes from bad judgement. I tell myself that every time I put a project together in the wrong order. “Well, I learned something from that one!”

- Dave Polaschek


Dave I keep having to remind myself – “Order of operations” – like in math. Ah it’s always better to start off with a plan. I’m not skilled or experienced enough to do it otherwise, but I try lol

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 03-10-2018 11:50 AM

Well, what I’ve found is that the most important thing (as a hand tool woodworker, at least) is work-holding. And if the order of operations is wrong, you’ve made workholding harder for yourself. Unfortunately, I’m still new enough at this that sometimes I don’t realize I’m painting myself into a corner until I look down and see the paint all around my shoes. Oops.

I still don’t start with a plan every time, but I’m getting better about asking myself “is there anything else I should be doing before I glue these parts together?” And when I don’t, I get more experienced. :-/

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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