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Workshop Improvement #2: Primin' 'n' paintin' 'n' drawerin'

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« Part 1: Finally - Thanksgiving shop renovation Part 2 of Workshop Improvement series Part 3: Countertop, drawers, lathe »

Rolled on Killz primer followed by “china cup” white which gave me a shiny white wall to work with. Whilst the paint was drying I installed all the full extension drawer rails (10 ea @ >$12 each – it ain’t cheap to refurbish a shop.) Then I cut my drawer box sides to size. I’ll do simple captured dado drawers with oak face fronts. It’s a shop so nothing fancy like dovetails.

Just a couple of progress pictures including one with the location of my new lathe home which I’ll describe further when the picture comes up.

Primin’ with a goofy grin.


Full set of cabinets ready to install. My brother is coming over tomorrow to help me install them. He’s put in dozens of kitchen cabinets and I’ve put in none so I figure I’ll get his help to make sure I don’t foul anything up.



In this picture you can see the Jet 1220 lathe stand in the new home. I envision that the wall to the left will have a cabinet that will hold all the turning tools at my left hand in easy reach. The 8” grinder for sharpening lathe chisels will be on the counter I am installing such that all it will take to sharpen a chisel is to turn around and give it a touch up. It will be my most efficient tool setup. (The rat’s nest of cables won’t be there in the end…)

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1686 days ago

This is looking pretty good. Painting the walls white, as you are doing, is a good idea since it will really brighten up your shop. And the cabinets look good as well. I am sure you are ready to start making some sawdust instead of throwing paint on the walls but you are going to have a gorgeous shop when you are done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1686 days ago

A shop improvement is always followed by a honey-do. Next project is a built-in master closet shelf. Plan to use lyptus ply and frames for an elegant look.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#3 posted 1686 days ago

Looks like a super start with those great cabinets

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#4 posted 1686 days ago

John, I had to smile when I read your comment about a honey-do following a shop improvement. It seems that the projects on my wife’s honey-do list expand faster than I can knock them out. She thinks that it is her mission in life to find things to keep me busy. I am sure your situation is no different.

With the closet remodel that you are planning is there any way you can manage to convince her that you need a new tool to “help” with the project? That way you not only enjoy making improvements to your home and earning points for working on the honey-do list but you also get a new tool for your efforts. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 1686 days ago

Scott – On the tools I just got a kreg jig AND a Jet Lathe – there is a budget here. However, you never know what jumps up. I’ve actually reached a point where I am comfortable with the tools I have. In another year or two I’ll upgrade my table saw to a better quality and size model (with a riving knife..) But to do that I need to wire my shop for 220V. Something that I hope to accomplish next year.

Jim – Thanks for the compliment on the cabinets – I visited your site and saw your work and it’s impressive. I’d like to ask you some questions off-line about the woodworking business if you don’t mind. johntestsgo @ yahoo.com

Thanks.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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