The following is a list of related projects I hope to complete before the snows next come to roost on fair Illinois.
(in only slightly intended order)
1. Build a workbench I have one, that my grandfather built, and while it’s nice, it’s seen more than it’s share of wars. Pitted, stained, cut deeply and often, it resembles a cratered moonscape more than a work surface. It’s not square, flat, level, etc. So, I want to build a new one. I’ve been pouring over “The Workbench Book” as though it were a sacred text, and I’ve decided I’m going to build a modified Shaker bench, although I lack the room to make a full version, so it will probably be 2 different woods/cuts of wood rather than 3. It’s going to be a while yet before I get started on this, thanks to things like the load of snow this evening, but it will be first, and I’ll post pics as I work on it. The old workbench won’t be tossed, it’s going to a cottage to enjoy it’s partial retirement.
2. Some quick and heavy duty shelving out of gal. pipe and plywood, and some ceiling mounted clamps as I saw in an old copy of Fine Woodworking from several years ago. Pretty cool stuff, the ceiling clamps.
3. A new desk. I’m a composer, and I’ve sort of begun doing that full-time a year or two ago, and I’m working at a computer all day and night. The computer is on a cheap laminate desk (of the Tab A-Slot B type), and further more, it’s a corner desk, with an annoying ridge right where my right arm lies across. That gets old! So, I’m going to build a new desk, with a design that really will resemble a oddly made arts and crafts side table. An extra thick top (I’m thinking cherry), long, no drawers, slightly curved aprons, toying with making a few router inlays with contrasting woods (haven’t decided what design yet though, maybe noteheads?), and a marble/travertine/other type of tile inset on the right side for the cups of diet soda and coffee I drink while working. This project is easily the most involved I’ll take on this year. I don’t want drawers because they’ll get in the way of my legs, believe it or not, and the entire thing will look a little off, since I want a very heavy top. I might increase the leg size to try to balance out the eye though.
4. I intend to teach myself how to make a nice custom sink and countertop with concrete. Counters aren’t a trouble, but the sink I have in mind is a little out there! If you’re not familiar with the things all the new concrete mixes can do, and how they look finished, you’ll be amazed! You’ll swear it’s marble/granite, etc.
5. A new shopmade router table.
6. If those don’t take up the entire year, I’ve got some ideas for other things that I want to make largely because I need these items!
A chest for clothing (thinking about the german chest New Yankee Workshop had the other day, might of been a German wedding chest? The top was held open by a small box mounted inside).
A new door on the workshop.
If you’ve read this far, I’m sorry for it’s size! I posted this partly as a way of focusing my thoughts and making sure I followed through on #1-5!
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