Some of you probably know that I have mostly been carving in my shop nearly every weekend for almost a year, now. My shop was filling up with all of my woodcarvings and they were stacked everywhere. I believe my shop was getting jealous of my carvings. I don’t want to just do woodcarvings; I want to do all kinds of woodworking so I’ve been working on my shop for the last few weekends and I think that I am going to stay on it for a while until I get my shop in a little better order.I thought that I would keep up with it on this blog in case anyone is interested.
I keep most of my good tools in drawers or in my tool chest. However, on the west wall of my shop you can see a lot of odds and end tools hanging on plywood panels. Most of them are simply hanging by nails. You can see this wall in the picture above.
Incidentally, that is the glassblowing station that I have spoken of on another blog. It’s on the work table just below the window. I hate to give up that much space and certainly table space but I am getting along ok without it. My two sons in law use it and I want to learn something about it too. I love my two sons in law. They are almost like sons to me and I lost my only son, Charlie, about 13 years ago. So, I’m doing them a favor because I love them.
All of those tools on the west wall are taking up some valuable wall space so I have gotten it in my mind to hang some cabinets with shelves and figure out something else to do with these tools.
The next three pictures show the four cabinets that I have built for this wall. They are simple boxes with a face frame and are made out of solid poplar. They are made much like you would make ordinary upper kitchen cabinets. I have provided shelf support holes 1 inch apart up and down the sides. This way I can organize them for whatever I put in them.
I have not put doors on them for a reason, nor am I going to stain them. I don’t have many places to hang any of my carvings so I decided to paint these cabinets forest green and make some basswood doors later on and incorporate a different green man or wood spirit into each door. I thought that the stained basswood and carved green man with the forest green background would look good with each other. So the doors will be some projects for on down the road.
I have built three cabinets 26 h x 32 w with shelves 9-1/4 deep. The small cabinet is only 12 inches wide. It will go just to the right of my chop saw and next to the brick column..
It was under fifty degrees in my shop when I needed to paint these cabinets but my good wife allowed me to paint them on her kitchen table where it was warm. Do you have a good understanding wife that helps you out like this? If you do, you need to give her a whole lots of loving. So I didn’t loose too much time.
The cabinets were simply hung on the wall with screws driven through the built in hanging strips into the 3/4 inch plywood wall paneling.
I had to hang these cabinets without any help and while I was doing it I sort of felt like a one armed paper hanger except the cabinets were much heavier than paper. I cut a piece of 2×4 and drilled a couple of holes in it and drove tee nuts in the holes. I put a suitable bolt in each tee nut so that I could use the bolts as jack screws while holding the cabinet against the walls and each corner resting on a jack screw. I hung the 2×4 to the wall in the proper place and level so the screws could hold up each corner of the cabinet as I hung it. The cabinets were going to hold up a new 12 inch wide shelf and I certainly wanted everything level and square so it was a fairly tedious job for a 61 year old helluvawreck but I got it done. Before I hung the cabinets I removed the long ten inch wide shelf from the wall. I hung the first cabinet where it needed to go and then went to the next cabinet using two levels to keep everything square and level from one cabinet to the next. I could hold the cabinets to the wall with my chest and reach under the cabinet to work the two jack screws. This worked pretty good except it was sort of a pain in the ass to keep from dropping the drill or a level and hold the cabinet against the wall with my chest and drive screws at the same time. However, i manage to do it so all is well. I do have to be careful when doing stuff like this because I am 61 and I have two bad knees, a bad back, and my left elbow is sort of playing out on me. I suppose it’s from a joint injury.
After I got the four cabinets hung I put the new 12 inch deep shelf on top of the cabinet the next morning. At least I had a helper for this shelf. So all is well.
I will continue in the next part of this blog. I sure do appreciate all of you that have visited my blog. Thanks for looking.
-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau