Shop Stuff. #4: Getting Started (Finally)

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Blog entry by rsmith71 posted 02-07-2010 11:35 PM 2208 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally getting past ideas and starting to work on what I want to do with my garage/shop. I’ve been looking for ideas and drawing stuff up, trying to decide what I wanted and where to start. I couldn’t really decide where to start so I spent last night building face frames for 4 of the cabinets (router table, workbench, scroll saw & bandsaw bench, & a mobile stand for benchtop tools). Frames are done and now to start cutting sheet goods.

I clamped the 3 frames for the router table together to get an idea of what it will look like.
Router Table 2
Router Table 1
It’s a start. Just a skeleton now but it’ll start taking shape over the next few days. It will be mobile as everything I’m putting in my shop for convenience. I’m going to use face frame sides with 1/4” birch rabbeted into the frames. The back will be 3/4 and the top will be 1/2 & 3/4 birch laminated together and covered with formica. Not sure yet about fence and top hardware, I’ll just see as I go.

I’ve got a mess right now with all parts and supplies and little room.
The side you see is where my wife is supposed to park her Nissan in the background. All my tools are crammed on the other side right now and space is only a dream right now.
I thought I might actually get some work done today but not with the Super Bowl coverage on all day. So I’ll figure cut sheets and watch tv. Hopefully I’ll start making alot more progress tomorrow after work.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 12:01 AM

It looks like you are off to an excellent and well planned start. The garage is one of the few battles that I’ve won with the wife. The car gets parked outside and I have agreed to shovel/scrape/warm up whenever needed, regardless of time of day or night.

-- Fine sawdust maker and Festool enthusiast

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 12:11 AM

nice work. your on your way.

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 12:16 AM

Rey, We’re calling this one a truce. I’ll keep the garage where she can park when needed with the understanding that I get the space to complete jobs. She agreed fairly easily since either: A) It’s paying work, or B) It’s something for the house she wanted, or C) Neither A or B but a project from A or B is next on the list.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 12:41 AM

Look forward to more progress.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-08-2010 01:43 AM

Looking good Robert! Go man Go! I am sure it will be a great setup when done. Keep the pictures coming. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 07:21 AM

Looks good Robert. You are going to have a nice workspace. Just a word of advice…...keep your fingers away from the saw blades. It’s still fresh on my mind!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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