Garage shop upgrades #4: Productive 3-day weekend

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Blog entry by channeleaton posted 03-18-2013 04:28 PM 3945 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My 3-day weekend meant 3 days in the garage.

I spent half of the weekend cleaning and rebuilding an old Craftsman tablesaw and bandsaw. But that’s for another time.

Saturday was a day of firsts.

It was my first time working from a plan that I created.

It was my first time to use a cut list.

It was my first time cutting rabbets and dadoes.

It was my first time building a cabinet.

And here’s one that I didn’t think would come until much later: It was the first time everything fit together.

I created the cabinet plan in Sketchup and used the amazing CutList plugin to make my sheet goods layout and cut list.

Here’s a couple of pics from the cabinet assembly:

I haven’t had the chance to attach the face frame or doors just yet but here’s the carcass hanging on the french cleats along with some other hangars/boxes I made yesterday:

If you take a look at the back of the cabinet, you’ll see some strips of wood running all the way across. These were used to help attach the 3 cleats to the cabinet and allow for longer screws to be used.

Here’s a closeup of the wrench and chisel holders:

For the chisel holder, I didn’t have anything thin enough to make the slots but I did have some very thin (and brittle) lattice strips. I was able to laminate 3 of the strips together to come up to the right thickness.

I still have a few more hangars that I want to create for the remainder of my often-used tools.

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View JoeinGa's profile


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#1 posted 03-18-2013 04:42 PM

I’d hafta say your weekend was a success!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View Douglas's profile


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#2 posted 03-18-2013 04:45 PM

Good job getting organized and getting some skills under your belt. I found that doing shop projects is a great skill builder, but you need to be careful: it’s a slippery slope. You may end up working ON your shop until is is set up perfectly (ahem). Before you know it, 50 years will whiz by, and you’ll still be planning to update that one tool holder…

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 04:47 PM

Nicely done.
You’ll also always remember “your first”!!!
A great job of getting or-jig-a-nized!

Gotta love the french cleat system!!!
I just recently installed french cleats in my evolving shop. Here is one of my blog entries for them.

-- 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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#4 posted 03-18-2013 04:47 PM

I think that your time was put to very good use. You accomplished a lot and your shop is more organized. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 05:18 PM

GOOD FOR YOU! I too have recently been organizing my garage with a french cleat. I just got my pipe clamps up last weekend and am now working on a case for my table saw sleds. You did a great job on yours.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 05:35 PM

Wait a Min , it all fit together on the first try ? You better go back and check again , thats just not Possiable .
Looks real good.

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#7 posted 03-18-2013 06:24 PM

Thanks for the comments!

dczward: My wife would never let that happen. She expects some patio furniture in the next 2 months as an anniversary gift.

Richard: I’m still in shock. I guess meticulous measuring, marking, and cutting paid off. That, and it was a simple build.

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#8 posted 03-18-2013 11:15 PM

great job,everything turned out nice

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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