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Forum topic by Jim Reeves posted 02-15-2010 07:34 AM 1512 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Reeves

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02-15-2010 07:34 AM

Hi Fellow Lumberjocks, my name is Jim just became a member, so nice to receive so many welcome messages thanks so much.
I am new to woodworking, to date haven’t made much my doctor told me about year 2000 l needed a hobby.
Diabetic problems mostly the feet Neaurpathy nerv damage not feeling in feet test says but still feel plenty of pain, chronic pain from 1989 cqar accident now on max allowed 1,100 mg morphine a day

So on doctors advice started buying magazines, books, power/hand tools pretty much set up.
I hope in next few years to convince my wife to borrow loan to build outside workshop like a 2 car garage maybe. Now l work in mmy basement good size main shop area 11 1/2 ft wide x 40 ft long and then other side basement is 16×16 where l keep big desk etc.
I have allot of wood to much l think was windering my crawlspace concrete floor off 16×16 room would it be ok to store oak etc there?

I bought 22 sheets laminate about 27 wide by 46 inches long they were displays shelving in zellers only paid
$ 100.00 for them all are laminated both sides a few have cracks.
I am thinking of trying to build cabinets for shop, because presently to many old odd size shelves carts l picked up for free etc have to make look like a shop build lumber racks etc for more floor space.
My basement shop is block wall so have to hang cabinets from ceiling am not sure how to put bolts in block wall with out cracks blocks damaging them?

My daughter rents from half of our house was to be for 2-3 months does anyone have easy to understand drawings how to step by step make about a 36 inch long base sink cabinet as now since 2008 does dishes in shower just never seem to have enough money saved up to build her sink cabinet and a few more drawer cabinets then about 10-12 ft wall cabinets any idea’s be great drawings step by step be great.



-- jim

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 12:50 AM

Jim, I wish I could help you, but I couldn’t build cabinets if I had to. But, I did watch Norm build a whole kitchen recently, on the New Yankee Workshop. He made it look easy. If you can get a hold of that, it might help. I agree, starting with a good organized shop makes everything else go better. My work area is a bunch of add ons and second hand stuff, but I’m used to it by now.

As far as block walls, I always drill into the blocks with a hammer drill, and install lead anchors to accept lag bolts. I’ve heard it’s better to drill into the block instead of the mortar joints. You could do whats called a French cleat. It’s an easier way to ensure the cabinets hang level.

Do a search of the projects here. There are some very good shop storage projects here. Good luck!

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