Just when I thought I was done…
I started milling parts and realized that I needed my mobile parts cart. It is actually a 4’ scaffold that I decided worked better as a mobile parts cart. Over the last couple of years it had turned into a permanent storage cart for templates and all around catch-all cart.
I stopped work and got a few sticks of framing lumber. I picked the best I could find and cleaned them up in my sanding machine. I drilled 1/2” holes every six inches in two of them for inserting dowels to hang the templates on. I made a jig that held the stock at 15° to the forstner bit on the drill press. The angled dowels will hold the templates to the wall a little better.
After drilling the holes, installing the 2×4’s on the wall was easy. Then I drilled a 1” hole in each template to slide them over the dowels. The dowels were cut and inserted into the drilled holes of the 2×4’s. Then I was able to hang all of the templates high up on the wall for storage.
The templates are like trophies, they represent successful work that I have done. Once I make a template I hate to get rid of it. It seems that I have reused many of the templates again or used them as a starting point to make other templates that are similar but have some variation. This is especially true with arches.
When I emptied the cart, I maintained discipline and stored everything in the sheet goods organizer or the lumber rack. I even got rid of some pieces I was certain would never get used.
Now I have a mobile parts organizer ready to use and a wall full of templates creating real “shop ambience.”
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com