|Project by Sandra||posted 10-22-2012 02:31 AM||2006 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Thanks to all the tips from LJs on cutting thin MDF, I completed this small project. If some of the segments look a bit off-kilter, it’s because they are. The shelves consist of four long horizontal pieces and five shorter uprights. Each piece is notched half-way through and then wedged together. (Patron – I didn’t listen and un-clamped the pieces before testing the notches. You were soo right!)
I had wanted a way to store my crafting ink pads inside a cabinet. So I used a smaller wall version as a template and made this to fit the space and the amount of ink I have. The total width is 30”. I have my garage shop where I’m learning to make sawdust, but this is for my newly finished craft area in the basement.
What I learned – MDF creates a LOT of dust. I wore a mask, but that stuff is evil!
- I needed a good straight edge to use with my circular saw. Again, I read other posts here and made a 4’ jig for my circular saw and a shorter jig for my jigsaw. Using the jig helped with my comfort level handling the circular saw.
- you can’t beat c-clamps. The quick clamps I have are fine for clamping something to my work bench, but weren’t up to the task of keeping the jig on the cut-line.
-I don’t have to make do with the craft storage units sold for outrageous prices in the stores. With a bit of patience, I can make exactly what I need.
Next project for the craft area will be a wall mounted unit with dowels to hold wrapping paper.
Thanks for looking
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.