Many hands make light work..."handy helpers"

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Project by SteveW posted 12-29-2010 10:46 PM 3203 views 36 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I forget where I saw these in the past, but decided I needed to make a couple.
I made two sets, 4 of each, and will test out which ones I like best.
I call them my “handy helpers” for allowing me to dry fit, and complete large scale
case projects with very little stress.
I’m building a “laundry cabinet” that will hang on a french cleat above the washer/dryer.
My wife wanted to see what its going to look like, ahead of finishing,
so I decided to dry fit the thing together (as much as possible) before finishing it.
It will finish out in General Finishes Rosewood water-based stain, with about 3 coats
of semi-gloss poly.
It should match the trim around the doors in the laundry room.
Last photo is where it will mount above the pair of cleaning machines…

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 11:01 PM

Brilliant! I will have to make a few of these. Awesome post.

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 11:35 PM

thankĀ“s for sharing the idea with us :-)
shop helpers is always on the list and like claps you can never get too many

take care

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 12:09 AM

Hey Steve,
Cool idea….good one.

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 12:11 AM

That’s a pretty handy idea! I gotta make me some of those.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 01:00 AM

Steve, thanks for reminding us that we can actually help ourselves. Great set of helpers!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 02:21 AM

I’ve seen these several times and every time I see them I tell myself that I should make some as well.
Hopefully this new year will bring me some time to be in the shop again : )
Thanks for your post and have a very Happy New Year !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 02:48 AM

Thanks for all the positive comments, they sure do help.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 05:26 AM

Good idea, thanks for the post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-30-2010 06:10 AM

these are very kool. i think i need ta make some of em also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 09:18 AM

Yup keeping it square,way to go!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 09:47 AM

You know being square not such a bad thing… it what size did you make them?

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 02:56 PM

Got to make some of these.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 12-30-2010 06:04 PM

Great! realy right thing. i’ll do. thanks for posting

-- Rev 22:21

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#14 posted 12-30-2010 06:12 PM

Size:Any size you want. I made mine about 6 inches square, then clipped off the corners with holes
for my clamps… you can use any size you’d like.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#15 posted 01-01-2011 06:07 PM

Great idea SteveW. Have you used them enough to choose which one you like the best?
- JJ

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