It’s been a month and a half since moving into the new shop and I’ve had a little time to complete a few upgrades. First is a mitre saw station. There’s 6’ on the left and unlimited room on the right if you want to go out the door. It’s made from three cabinets with four drawers in each cabinet all made with ¾” shop grade maple plywood. It’s trimmed with hard maple and the drawer fronts are poplar. Some of the plywood in the carcass had nice birdseye so it’s finished with two coats of Watco natural stain and several coats of poly. The rest is painted with leftover paint.
The drawers have full extension slides that I got on closeout for about $4/pair. The downside to that good deal is that no pairs were the same as any other. At lease it seemed that way. A couple smaller projects down the road are to add a fence with stops. And a shroud to control the dust and a small chute to direct it to a box below.
The next project was a couple of boxes to fill a space created by the door to the new shop. The main use for this cabinet is to set plans and other stuff on. It also makes for good storage for batteries and chargers. A power strip helps keep the jumble of cords out of sight any way. I’ll have to watch and see if it gets too warm. So far so good. There’s a little bit of walnut, maple, and poplar, mostly so I could experiment with different stains and finishes.
The last project came about from a need for a place to keep saw blades. Putting them back into their original packaging after changing them just wasn’t happening. I needed somewhere that would be easy and secure. Came across a plan in “The Complete Small Shop” magazine that filled the bill and then some. It’s made from 2 X douglas fir strips lap jointed, covered with ¼” pegboard. There’s a lot more storage on it than I was expecting, but that will get used. I made the mistake of not jointing adjacent faces of the 2X and wrestled with it the whole way through. The plan called for 1 ½” x 1 ½” pieces and I wouldn’t end up with that if I had jointed the face. In hindsight, I should have wrestled with the plan instead. All in all a fun project though.
-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--