Workshop Improvement #4: Almost There - drawers & doors & organizing

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Blog entry by johngoes posted 12-29-2009 01:34 AM 2709 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just to revisit – project over the holidays was to turn this Wall of Horror

into a new useful shop area – and here is the 98% done result!

Over the holidays I installed the drawers, the drawer fronts and the knobs. Today I bought the locker in which I placed paint, finish, and sundry other items. All I have left to do is the frame and panel doors which I will start working on tomorrow.

The following is a trial fit of the chisel tool chest at my lathe work station. I will install split doors on the chest in which I will mount things like calipers and chuck tools.

I would like to expand the area between the lathe and the cabinet by about 6” so I plan to put in a plywood floor extension from under the cabinet on the floor to about 6” past the concrete ledge give me more room in front of the lathe. As you can see below, the lathe is sitting on the edge of a ledge in the concrete and I will use the plywood floor to push the lathe out past the ledge.

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

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 03:22 AM

Congratulations! That is a huge improvement to your workspace and I am sure you will enjoy it. Good idea on the floor extension for the lathe, it is not safe to be cramped working around spinning objects.

-- Allen, WA

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 04:54 PM

Very nice counters! oak?

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 06:09 PM

Looks really good. I’m a sucker for a well organized shop.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 07:57 PM

Great Job! Looks very well organized!

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 12:51 AM

You have a well organized shop now.

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 05:42 AM

Thank you for the comments. Yes, the cabinets are mostly oak ply with red oak faceframes. The counter top is soft maple with scrap walnut breadboard.

I have this thing about spending good time getting organized but over time observing a wreck take place in what was once nice looking space. I sure hope I can keep the organization mindset and habits going because it is really a joy to work in a shop where I know the location of everything.

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

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 05:53 AM

Very nice job! Don’t you love the holidays. :-)

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#8 posted 12-30-2009 06:20 AM

really coming together.

-- Custom furniture

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