No Raised Floor - New Plans

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Blog entry by gmaffPappy posted 12-09-2012 05:01 AM 5193 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The raised floor is gone. I guess I’ll just have to wear warm shoes :-( But, that’s for the check. You’re right, that cash could go a long way on the project I’ve planned.

The ceilings in the garage are over 9’. There’s plenty of room to hang the duct work from the ceiling.

With that decision out of the way, I can move on to building things. Originally, I wanted to build Barn Doors to separate the shop from the rest of the garage.

That’s still the plan, but first I need a workbench to use in building everything, including the doors. I want to put a work bench between the TS and planned dust collector. It will double as an in-feed table.

Designing the workbench got as far as the top and the dimensions. As I model the things I want to build, I start my list of components and how I plan to build each. Hopefully, this will result in component list, cut list, build instructions, and stock list. Now I realize there’s another list, the Tool/Jig List. I’ll need a set of clamps for gluing the table’s top.

I shopped online for clamps and thought I should just make some. It won’t save me much (if any) money, but will give me good tasks for building my ability. And I think the panel clamps will be very useful in future builds, including the Barn Doors, and French Doors my office.

There’s probably a design for this type of jig/tool, but I haven’t even bothered to look. The idea came to me, so I just ran with it. I believe part of the process of building my skill/confidence in woodworking is imagining, designing, cutting, and building, not just getting some plans and following instructions. With that in mind, if I’m totally nuts, throwing away effort, money, and/or just plain impractical (like with the raised floor) let me know. Like everything I do, this is probably, totally over-engineered.

Any useful input is greatly appreciated. You guys/gals are the only people I know with experience I can leverage.


-- If it's easy to do, you haven't spent enough time over engineering it.

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