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Okay I couldn’t resist.

I finished the rabbets tonight and ran my dadoes. There was one mistake in my reading of the plan, and it was a doozy that made the choice of this being the cabinet for my small parts bins for me… I cut the dado for the back in the wrong spot…

After much consideration, I opted for functionality over pretty in the joinery. Brass screws were given consideration, but opted against due to cost and durability issues… This had to after all, be durable…

I finished up the main case, which went far easier than I thought it would have. and it is nice and square….

Anyway, as the common LJs saying is, no picture, didn’t happen, well here are the pics…

I still have some peg board to cut to size, and the hardboard sides and bottoms for the bins, but the progress is really making me happy… This project is making me start using cleats, which is a good thing… Might just have to utilize them for a mess of other projects….

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1150 days ago

Looks good, thanks for the pics. In general, your shop area is looking lighter and brighter, as well. I hope to make some similar cabinets some day, so I will be interested in the details.

I have some blog items for this weekend, if I get there. I am a little stressed out, so hopefully today will be quiet, and I can start the weekend early. So off to the races….cross my fingers…..I need some down time, I am on call for the Memorial Day weekend which is 4 days in a row.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 1150 days ago

The design of these cabs is going to change slightly as I must admit, I screwed up… I was going to follow the plan to the T, but ended up cutting a dado in the wrong place (mis read the plan, knew it looked funny as soon as I pulled the piece off…). So this one will get my small parts bins after all, the middle doors are about to get a radical re-design and will end up as much thinner frames to hold only one side of peg board so that I have the thickness to allow that storage… The next one, that I have already started measuring / marking the ply for the initial cuts, will be 100% to plan.

The plane till / bridge is still in the design phase, but I figure on building it so I have slots for each of my planes, including the ones I want to add. AND slots to store my pnuematic nailers…

I am figuring on either installing immediately above, or even directly to the top, an 18” deep 3/4” ply shelf to provide storage for my hand held power tools that are in cases…

When all is said and done, I should be able to consolidate approximately 24’ x 4’ of used wall storage into around 8’ x 3’ of wall storage. (The magic of layering!)

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

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#3 posted 1150 days ago

Layering is exactly what I want to do. I plan to build cabinets that have external and internal storage on the doors, so there will be effectively three layers. That will take strong hinges. I will probably use piano hinges partly secured with nuts and bolts. I have done that before and it is extremely strong.

Off to work, was home for a few minutes after hospital rounds, but now to the office.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 1150 days ago

The Wood Magazine Special Interest Publication is…

“Best Ever Home Shop Ideas 2011” and it can be found HERE.

The magazine aside from some ads is exactly the same as the 2009 version that I have…

For a direct download of the plan, it is on the Wood Store website…

http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/woodshop-projects/tool-storage/shop-in-a-box-cabinet/

Double and triple check where those dadoes go! (smacking self in forehead still…)

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

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#5 posted 1150 days ago

Gazooks, that’s 5 layers of tools. Looks like a good general plan.

Incidentally, I have all kinds of small parts boxes hanging from walls in one fashion or another, some of them going back over 30 years….....including some of the parts. I have learned to save all screws, nuts and bolts, and at least sort them for general size and type. It is remarkable how often I use old leftover and used screws and stuff. I am guessing I have about 200 labeled boxes of one sort or the other hanging from the walls in the shop.

Today is looking quiet, so with any luck I will be in the shop some this afternoon.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1150 days ago

My problem exactly. Too many pieces of hardware, and tools hanging out on the walls sucking up space I don’t really have…

Another project I want to get to is a Table Saw rolling cabinet / workstation to fully integrate my saw, router workstation, and shop vac / separator with accessory storage That will clear up the remainder of the wall mounted crud and provide storage for blades, dadoes throat plates, etc…

THAT will be a monster of a project, and is quite a ways off. The idea will be to continue to build my cabinet construction skills…

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

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#7 posted 1150 days ago

My minibench will serve a certain consolidating purpose. The TS complete with outfeed and extension table will be a bit longer. I figured out that a router table/TS combo wouldn’t work good in my shop due to space constraints. So the router will have its own wheels, I guess.

I wish I could work faster, but I run out of time, and I run out of energy. But I am having fun.

Later…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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