Been spending a lot of time over the last 10 months thinking about getting back in the shop, but just have not been able to get away long enough to do a bunch of maintenance that needed to be done before I could get any actual work done. But now that I have most of that taken care of (lots of cleanup from a tiling project), it was time to get things back on track.
My first project back in the shop was to get myself organized and build some cabinets along the back wall. I wanted them to be sturdy and not just some boxes stacked against the wall with crappy doors and low quality craftsmanship. My first step was to do the plan in SketchUp. It had been a while so I made sure to spend some good time in it and figure things out that I may have glazed over in the past. Overall, the design in SketchUp came out good, but some things just wouldn’t work out (cut list broke somewhere, I think because I didn’t make components out of some single parts and did some intersections correctly. Overall though, it definitely helped me rip down the 8×4 sheet that I had much more efficiently. Here is the sketch (includes 2 cabinets, although they will not be laid out that way):
With some plans ready, I wanted to get in the shop and do some cutting. I happened to have some 8×4 ply from a previous project that would be ok for the cabinet. Being by myself, I had no desire to try to push that guy through my TS, so I finally got to use the jawhorse my wife got me for Xmas last year. I threw one end up in the jawhorse and then stuck 2 saw horses under the middle and opposite end. With my cutlist in hand, I measured out my cuts and went at it.
Lots of cutting later, I have the carcus built out, with stretchers and face frame. I do however, still need to mount the filler inserts for the drawer slides. They’re cut, but I ran out of time before I could get them done.
Today I ordered the drawer slides for this cabinet and will pick up some birch for the drawer boxes tomorrow or friday.
-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.