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Okay so I am not sure where I left you dangling last night. So here is the status as of now…

The 3/4” dadoes on the doors are done. I managed to find a void in one of the door pieces that the dado tore out. I am thinking about patching it, but it is small enough I might just be able to conceal it behind the hinge… IF I have to, I will make a new door panel, but I don’t think I will have to…

I am now ready to move on to cutting the dadoes in the case sides, I simply rant out of time last night.

That is part of the problem of having to squeeze my woodworking in around LOML’s schedule, and living within a few feet of my neighbor’s house. I try to shut everything down before 9:00 P.M., and that really limits what I can get done…

After some deep consideration, I have opted to stick 100% to the plan here, so peg board and all 4 doors it is…

Okay not 100%. I have other intentions for the lower space than to keep small parts bins in there, since I have plenty of storage for those items. I will just keep that area as an open shelf. I want to put things like my stud finder, caliper, moisture meter etc… in there…

To keep Jim in Alaska Happy, before any glue up / screw together happens, the wood surfaces will get a quick sanding, and then a couple of coats of Watco Danish Oil.

The second sheet of plywood is standing at the ready to be broken down and it will feature 1/2” plywood where the one I am building now features peg board. This one I want to put my parts bins, and router bits in. The MLCS 66 piece set will simply get mounted to one of the doors, but bit holders will need to be made, as well as a mess of nylon bushings for those bit holders to keep track of my Skil 30pc set, and another 30+ miscellaneous bits. I also want to make a storage block instead of the bins, to organize my router bushings, and bottle of bearing lube.

The idea is to mount these 12-16” apart, at the same height, and build / mount up a plane till between them to hold my hand planes, including the ones I don’t own yet… (but I have dimensions for).

Since I am following the plan, joinery is very simple, just rabbets, glue and screws, but it looks like it can be a very strong cabinet. I am a little leery of the back wall of the thing being peg board, but I see enough of them out there, pretty heavily loaded that I am not going to worry about it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1164 days ago

Consider French cleats for mounting….....

I am putting some Medium Walnut Watco on my mini-bench, just the bottom for now so that I can install the wheels. I found the Medium Walnut did a pretty good job of staining the Elmers Wood Filler I put in the nail holes and miscellaneous irregularities. The Dark Walnut just hilighted the patch and so did the Natural. I checked it just now after it dried overnight, and if anything, the wood filler stained slightly darker than the wood, so nice effect. The filler had been there for weeks, and supposedly you should stain it shortly after it dries. But the Watco seemed to work anyway.

Staining before gluing is the way to go, but it wouldn’t work on this bench…..too complex, too much design change as I go along, etc. So I am glad everything is staining OK for now.

Later…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 1164 days ago

The plan calls for cleats. Actually I am planning on moving to a cleat system due to my frequent rearranging of the shop… I might start looking at a way to hold my duct work with cleats!

I am just planning on using the regular Danish Oil on it, not stain. For stains I tend to use Minwax, they are what is commonly available here… I tend to like the Golden Pecan stain….

Not going to bother filling in the hardware holes, but instead, use the hardware (screws) as a visual feature by careful measurement, and counter sinking. Getting them to line up nicely etc… Probably a lost cause, but I am going to try…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 1164 days ago

For shop stuff, I think exposed hardware is fine. That doesn’t apply to nail holes, I would think. Therefore I fill the nail holes. Using the nail guns a lot on this bench. The 16 finish nails work great for the 2×4’s. I think I used some brads to attach the plywood, and then the trim is pinned. So good use of all my guns, minimizing clamping since everything is glued for rigidity. I have added excess wood to this piece to increase weight as well, using 2×4’s in places that plywood would have worked, or nothing at all. The piece is going to be quite heavy, but will have wheels that engage in two different directions by tipping the bench. In my small shop mobility is going to become increasingly important.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 1164 days ago

I am half tempted to go to Rockler and grab some brass wood screws for this project actually. No joke. I want to feature them and not hide them… (And brass hinges, catch etc…)

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 1164 days ago

I have some utilitarian items that I have put together with screws and screw guards to enable removal. Real brass tends to tarnish, but shiny screws and screw guards have a nice finished appearance. You may be able to come up with some screws that aren’t brass but look similar, but I haven’t seen brass colored guards. I used wood screws and guards on my pegboard in La Conner, which I bought with the prepainted white surface.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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