Shop Storage, and a newfound hatred of No. 2 Common Pine.

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Project by Shawn K. posted 04-17-2012 03:32 AM 3972 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been working to organize my shop, finishing walls and getting ready for a summer of wood working. When I saw this, I thought it might be the answer to an unspoken prayer.

This was from ShopNotes 122. It was supposed to have doors in front of the shelves, and some moulding along the top.

As suggested in the magazine, it was made from No. 2 common pine from the big box store. I spent 45 minutes going through the wood to find the stuff that was straight. It sure didn’t stay that way for long. The plans suggested that most of this case be glued together with a few screws used where they are hidden. I finally decided that screws were necessary, as I didn’t think glue would hold.

Cupping twisting and cracking was the only thing this wood seemed to be good for, but after some patience, cursing, and judicious application of a mallet, it came together. I knew there’d be no chance that the shelf areas would be square enough for doors, so they’re open shelves now.

The whole mess was sanded, and finished with BLO. It’s hung on the wall with french cleats, and long screws to back up the cleat. Hopefully it’s not going anywhere, especially when the tools and everything else is loaded up.

I’m excited to utilize the pegboard that’s been in my shop for a couple of years, taking up a lot of valuable space. THe openings in the bottom have always been intended to hold plastic screw bins, and the ones I had fit beautifully.

Thanks for looking.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 03:38 AM

Looks pretty good to me…..................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 03:44 AM

That’s too bad about the wood, but it still looks like a dang good shelf! And as long as you have those cleats screwed into a good stud, I don’t think that shelf will be going anywhere. Good job.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 04:44 AM

Except for the pine problem it looks like a nice doable project. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 12:09 PM

Great job in spite of the wood.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 12:22 PM

I HATE pine also – won’t use it!!!!

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 12:49 PM

Great shop addition!! Let’s have some pics after it’s loaded with tools and supplies too!

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 02:21 PM

I agree with #2 pine. I had a hell of a time with the crappy coffee table I made. That is a masterpiece considering it was made with construction lumber


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#8 posted 04-17-2012 02:31 PM

If you wish to become more frustrated, try using pressure treated lumber … for anything. I have a fence post that looks like a left turn sign. Your work however looks like a signal for open and clear road ahead, even if you made it with big box pine. I think “Big Box Pine” would make a very sad country song. Thank you for sharing. I like what you did.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 05:41 PM

Well I listened to the experts and here is what I learned.
1. Look at the ends of the board first, pick the greatest number of rings per inch, minimum 20 is my standard.
2. Pick the widest the store sells, I go for 2 X 12” X 10’ or 16’ these pieces have the least number of knots
3. pick a board that is dead center cut then saw the center 4” out and put that piece on the burn pile. Glue the remainder “quater sawn” halves together.
4. You now have a nice piece of lumber at a reasonable price
5. One more thing, if the center of the board is riddled with checks (you will be cutting them out) ask for 50% off at the check stand. They usually come back with at least 25% off.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 04-17-2012 08:30 PM

looks great .storage and shelfing is a great way to get add on to exelectricani just built a work bench with pine and went by the ends of the boards it came out streight if not they do tend to cup and warp. Charles Neil was where i saw it on one of his videos.not a big fan of pine but down here where im at its about all you find and can usely sort thu to get the good ones, like the french cleats too look forward to seeing those projects this summer

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 10:26 PM


If you really want doors on that good lookin’ Shop Cabinet, put some Poplar face frames on her and hang your doors. I would at least use Poplar for the doors as well.

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 01:47 AM

Looks good Shawn, I to have a relationship with no 2 pine, mostly love hate. My local big box store has it Kiln dried and it’s usually 10-15 boards I go through before I get straight one. As for the doors I have had the same issue in the past where the cabinet started out square then about 6 months later it took it’s final shape & dried. That’s when I made the doors, just slightly out of square so to the untrained eye it looked good and fit the case well.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Shawn K.

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 02:24 AM

Thanks all for the comments and ideas. I certainly understand the whole love/hate thing with pine. Get a good board, and finish it right, and it is beautiful. But I’m certainly going to give some thought to the face frame idea. I haven’t had much of a problem with poplar…yet.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#14 posted 12-16-2012 01:25 AM

I like pine…love the smell of it, but totally understand your frustration. Working, selecting pine is an exercise in patience.

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