|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 03-22-2007 04:01 PM||8146 views||26 times favorited||36 comments|
I was cleaning up the gara… er.. shop Sunday afternoon and I kept looking at a few nice pieces of spalted sycamore I’d picked up pretty cheap a couple of weeks ago, trying to decide what they were going to become. :-) Since SWMBO is something of a minimalist when it comes to furnishings and accessories, and is constantly reminding me that she doesn’t need any more “dust collectors” in the house, I was thinking in terms of something useful for the shop.
I finally decided there was enough wood there for a small tool organizer of some sort. I sat there for about an hour, just looking at the boards and thinking, then I commenced cutting and gluing.
Making a few deviations from the plan in my head as I went along, I was pretty satisfied with the results when I was done. Now all I had to do was figure out where to put the thing. I looked at the three drawer chest I had made a few months ago, and was thinking that the organizer seemed about the right size to sit right on top of it. I got out the tape measure, and wouldn’t you know that with no forethought whatsoever, I had made both pieces exactly 24” wide!
Now just putting the organizer on top of the chest (which was taking up a good bit of space on my bench already) wouldn’t work because it would block other stuff hanging on the wall. Again, a flash of lightning, and it occurred to me that if the whole thing was on wheels I could tuck it away when not in use, roll it over to whatever part of the shop I was working in, and free up some bench space.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"