A journey into the workshop. #49: More quality time with the peg board...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-17-2010 04:41 PM 1445 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yeah before anyone asks, my camera is still dead, will be until this weekend… (Closest place that I know of that carries the Lithiums is up in Houston)... So be patient with me okay?

Anyway, I get home from work last night with a little something tagging along for the ride. Not much, and not expensive either. Just a little HF 23 ga pin nailer. But I am working on a project that could really benefit from using pins, so in the cart it went.

Anyway, so I have been thoroughly annoyed at the peg hooks that are available at Home Depot. They only seem to carry the little ones that are 1” long or less, OR the 6” long ones.

Now I use peg hooks to hold things like my planes, nailers, etc… that I need a 4” hook for, but the BORG simply is of no use here. What to do? Oh yeah… Go to Ace Hardware!

Kilgore’s Clear Lake Lumber Company, an Ace Hardware affiliate on main street is a fixture in League City. The store is pretty run down, and has been for a LONG time, but pretty stores has never been of any interest to these folks. What they do well is carry a wide selection of specialty hardware, and lumber items. Now a little disclosure is in order. I do not currently have any financial interest in Kilgores, but that has not always been the case. That is where I worked when I was putting my tail through college…

So I rushed back to Kilgore’s on my way home, stopped in to say Hi to Stanley, and ran back to where the peg hooks and screen door hardware are, same aisles I remember stocking them on, just moved around a little bit in the well over a decade since I was stocking merchandise… Some multi packs of 4” peg hooks hit my basket, along with a screen door catch / knob assembly.

So I get home and get to work on the back door. Done quickly, then I turn my attention to the peg board. Now of course I want to keep my nailers together in one area, but there is painting stuff there too… I need to do something about the painting stuff, but that is a different story all together.

Anyway, long story shot, the 6” pegs have been pulled out, the 4” pegs took their place. I compressed the calipers into a smaller footprint to make room for the roller covers (those are on 6” hooks), and miter clamp for the BT got moved in a less obtrusive spot. This made room for hanging the pinner.

I am considering building a couple of clam shell cabinets to house my Stack On parts bins. Now those bins house mostly fasteners, a few other misc items, but mostly fasteners, and my thought process is to keep fastening items together… I was thinking of hanging the nailers to the inside of the clam shell doors, but that could be a problem with the framing nailer. Still need to tweak that design some…

I have also recently sold off my old Shop Vac Sawdust Collection System components to a fellow member of another forum, but the box they were in is still sitting in my shop with the OE dust bag from my DC, and a bunch of 2.5” hose and fittings… I need to get this stuff into a MUCH smaller box, and back up to the attic, soon…

I need to whip out the planer in the next day or two, perhaps build a planing sled to handle planing thinner stock. This should be fun…

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 05:48 PM

I have a bunch of tools just sitting on the corner of my bench, because I do not have the wall storage setup to take them. Like a complete set of Irwin spade bits including intermediate sizes, bunch of smaller sockets, some T-handles, a block plane, carving tools, etc.

I want to tackle the peg board system in an organized fashion, probably use a support system like Dave Owen’s that keeps all holes useful, and make a lot of my own specialized tool holders that use L hooks and such to go in the peg board. Also have to go from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch, and have the peg board mounted to underlying cabinets so it is layered on the wall. So I am reluctant to keep working on the current peg system which I know is very temporary. Once I get a stop block system on the sled, miter arms, make my compter cart, then I think I will do a trial system in a small area about the size I plan for cabinets, which will hang from French cleats.

Whew. Mental grid lock at times.

Gonna have to go to an Ace Hardware in here just to see what is different. Do a quick round of comparison on peg board stuff at Lowes, HD, Ace, and Alaska Industrial Hardware (good local source). Might do it today. Oh well, this storage stuff kinda dominates my shop plans. Once I get my list of essentials done, the I am going to start explorations and trials to see what my final design will be.

Off to work. Thanks for the continuing posts, your process description always brings up new ideas for my shop.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 06:18 PM

Think of it sort of like Stream of Consciousness essays from college. Sometimes my blogs are nothing more than me spilling what’s rattling around in my head. This is NOT always a good thing, there are occasionally some odd ideas up there that don’t always pan out…

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#3 posted 03-18-2010 01:28 AM

I must be the King of odd ideas that don’t always pan out. Soon I am going to do a review of my nonproject projects… know, workshop stuff, and point out the things that didn’t go so well. Actually I only have a few, and I for most I think I stated that the result was not known, so that viewer should wait to copy me.

Did you catch this entry , the final on my router table? I am really pleased with the stuff tube for the router cord made from a display tube that my Rockler T-track came in. It came in a cardboard shipping tube which was pretty tough, almost used that instead. Actually I looked around for some PVC in the shop and there was nothing big enough, unusual, and found this transparent plastic tube that was reasonably strong. If it doesn’t last, PVC will replace it. As it is, really functional, and made it literally for pennies.

And the LED light is cool to the touch, so I won’t get burnt on it (like I did on my permanent work lights underneath my monster computer desk, I have a permanent scar on my arm). That LED bulb did not cost pennies, although the rest of the lamp came out of the junk box…...(-:

So don’t worry, I understand what you are doing, but just your process brings things to mind. And you and I both think it is fun to save a buck while getting a functional product. Actually I am trying to do a little more photos of the process while I build. I guess I had to get more confident, and remember to drag the camera down to the shop with me.

Today, Wednesday, the afternoon is free time, but I got blitzed in the last two days, especially yesterday. So I am recovering sitting in front of the computer that might as well be my third arm.

Have a good week…..........

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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