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Forum topic by Slacker posted 06-11-2008 03:34 AM 1165 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2008 03:34 AM

Since moving from an apartment to a real house, I have been able to build up a workshop that I feel comfortable in. I started a few months ago with a little workbench attached to the wall which I could swing up to a flat against the wall position, and a board with holes in which to hang my screwdrivers and stuff.

Then I got a miter saw, and to “test” the miter saw, I built a bench. Things are coming along.

Then I got a table saw and re-discovered that you really need an outfeed table. At about that time, I discovered the newfangled workbench, and I done seen the light. And since I was going to build the newfangled workbench, may as well build a wall-hung tool cabinet (like the one Norm made).

First I built the wall-hung tool cabinet. Not quite finished, but very functional. Going to glue metal sheets to the outside of the doors with a simple frame to use magnets.

Then I cut the legs on the workbench so that it would fit as an outfeed table for the table saw.

And I am almost finished with the newfangled workbench, which was one of the funnest things I have built, even though it was really, really hot here, and you had to concentrate to keep the piece on track.

And, for no particular reason, I built a condo vac…

And after all that trouble, my landlord has decided that he wants to sell the house, so I have to get out of here by the end of June. Hmmm, new house, blank slate, I can deal with that.

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#1 posted 06-11-2008 03:39 AM

Doesn’t sound like you’re a “slacker” to me. Sounds like you’ve been busy and will be busier still. Good luck getting to a new house. Of course, the way the housing market is, you may not have to worry about moving anytime soon.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 06-11-2008 12:13 PM

You certainly have been busy. In your next house I hope you can find the space to continue your shop building exercise.

Good luck.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 06-11-2008 08:06 PM

Wow! I really want to see a closer shot of the surf board rack…that’s what I need.

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#4 posted 06-11-2008 11:27 PM

The surfboard rack is just two 2×4’s hung vertically, I think the separation is 48”. I drilled in a hole every 10 inches or so (enough space to clear the fins from one board to the other), one inch diameter, at a slight angle and inserted one-inch dowels.

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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Al Killian

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#5 posted 06-12-2008 03:16 AM

Moveing and haveing to start from stracth can be great, but time consuming. I have, for the last few month have been trying to get my shop finished. Take your time and keep us updated.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#6 posted 06-12-2008 03:33 AM

Just hanging around the house thinking of packing and moving and how unfun that would be, I decided to do something useful that I had been thinking about. So I cut some long strips with a triangular cross section and glued and stapled them to the underside of the well covers on the newfangled bench.

Now, if I wanted to paint something, I can turn the well covers around (triangle strips facing up), put the piece on the strips, and be able to control paint runoffs a little better. I dont know if these triangles have a name, but I think they will work real well.

-- Adapt, improvise, overcome

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#7 posted 06-17-2008 04:57 PM

Just noticed your signature line… very funny…it took me an embarassinlgy long time to get the joke, wonder which group that puts me in :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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