New Shop - from the ground , up. #9: Incorporating "stolen" ideas

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Blog entry by curliejones posted 12-13-2014 01:37 PM 1426 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks again to all the participating lumberjocks or woodworker by any “handle”. I am in the process of moving into the new shop and as I move and sort and buy and sell things for organization and Phase change (from carport temporary workshop to new digs) I realize how much I owe to those who take time to share and communicate their ideas.

About 3/4 ths of the way through moving tools and supplies, I realized it was time to build a bench that I’d anticipated for a couple of years. This bench is for general purpose and gives me storage on two levels beneath. I’ll probably keep a stool there and use the good lighting for drawing out projects and collecting tools that are in use. The shelf holds small electrics for now and some small nail guns. The large drawer beneath was a refinement that came form someone sharing their ideas. It is a great addition and makes good use of the floor space already commanded by the footprint of the bench. I put the drawer on fixed casters and created side guides that are loosely fit to keep things from getting “caddywompus”. (I hope I spelled that correctly).

At 17” X 45” X 11” deep inside the drawer is a fine storage locker. It is 6” less wide than the top and matches the shelf width to help keep trash out. Shelf and drawer are recessed to allow for sit in/ toe in so I can sit comfortably and somewhat under the bench. The top – I love these old doors. I bought several lumber core doors that are 7 ft long and 2 ft wide to build narrow benches. I can easily reach and operate the windows and these doors that are probably from the 50’s-60s are a full 1-3/4” thick with no particle board, just plain old hardwood. When I cut the 1/4” off to get rid of the hinge mortise, it looks like birch inside. The veneers are in decent enough shape on these to be left as is. I did get to build this bench in the new shop and love having a little elbow room – I’m sure it will all fill up soon enough! And they say you can’t have too many clamps? or is it square feet?

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 10:40 PM

Wow, hanging tools so you can see them wood storage and a great bench, great ideas and well yes, it is clamps and square footage together

-- Norman

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