Sunday, June 19, 2016

Shop Update #14


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Shop Update #13


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quick And Easy Hand Tool Cabinet




I've been rearranging my shop, doing some cleaning and organizing a better layout. I've got tools scattered just about everywhere, and I decided to make a quick and easy "cabinet" for my handplanes out of some scraps I had laying around.

The sides are pieces of oak leftover from my last pallet project (the planter, part one & part two). and the shelves are leftover pieces of oak plywood from the bookshelf cubby a few months ago.

Since I'm without a table saw and a  miter saw at the moment, the entire thing was cut with handtools, with the exception of a couple of rips that I did with the bandsaw. Joinery is simply pocket screws, and I attached the entire thing to the 2x4 studs with screws as well.

I'm still debating whether to apply an edge banding to the plywood or to simply attach some hardwood to the edges and form a lip (to prevent one of the planes from falling out). Since it's just shop furniture, I could leave it like this and be okay with it, but it'll be in a lot of the shots I do in the future for my You Tube channel, so I'll probably do something to make it look "finished".

Overall, it took about an hour to make, so it wasn't too big of a project, but it solved a problem I was having. I am thinking about adding another similar cabinet/shelf to the right to hold things like my chisels, drill bits, router bits, and other misc. stuff that I use often but don't really have a home for at the moment.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Shop Update #12



Here is the link to the Go Fund Me Page mentioned in the video. I don't see me needing it for very much longer, and as soon as I hear back from this employer, I will remove it and close down the link. Anything you can donate is greatly appreciated to help us get over this hump.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Build A Keepsake/Recipe Box




Since Mother's Day is coming up, I decided to surprise my wife with this box. I knew she was wanting something along the lines of a recipe card box, so I designed this with that in mind. It can also double as a keepsake box as well.

I chose maple and mahogany for this, as I had some offcut pieces that were long enough to use, as well as some scrap pieces that I could get used up.

I chose to use dowels for the joinery, as I think it adds visual interest. As for the wood itself, normally I always stain mahogany, but my wife doesn't care for darker colors, preferring the look of natural wood. Since this will be hers and not mine, I chose to just give it a good sanding and a gloss coat of polyurethane.

I was going to put a knob on the lid, but chose instead to just leave it bare, as the lip of the box allows you to easily lift it off and get inside. Plus, I kind of liked the way it looked without it.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments, or join me over on my Facebook page (I check that more often than the comments here).

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Shop Talk # 11


Here is the link to the Go Fund Me Page mentioned in the video. I don't see me needing it for very much longer, and as soon as I hear back from this employer, I will remove it and close down the link. Anything you can donate is greatly appreciated to help us get over this hump.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Shop Talk #10

In this vlog, I discuss my most recent project, a few that are pending, and a couple of other issues, including lazy squirrels.



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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Laundry Shelf

We bought our house back in 2008. Ever since the first day, my wife has been asking me to remove this shelf that's in the laundry room because it's too high for her to reach the top shelf, and that's where she keeps the detergent and stuff (she has a step stool that she uses, but would prefer not to have to use it).


I was cleaning around the shop a week or two ago and was trying to find a place for some leftover plywood from the bookshelf cubby I built a couple months ago, then realized it would be the perfect material to use for a laundry shelf. I'd be getting rid of some clutter, and I'd be making her happy (one of my life's mottos is "Happy wife, happy life").


I designed the shelf in Google Sketchup, then exported the shots of the components of the entire thing, and converted those to PDF format. For me, it's just easier to read a plan in PDF format, rather than try and use Sketchup. In my opinion, making a design is easier in Sketchup, but harder to read, so I went this route.


Anyway, I made the initial cuts and was getting ready to set up my dado stack when my wife came down with a change of plans. Instead of replacing the old shelf, she decided she'd just like to have a new one that goes on a different wall. That wasn't a problem, but the other wall isn't as wide, so I had to do a little modification of the plan, and after getting some new measurements, I re-cut the pieces to their new length and resumed work on the rabbets. Since the shelf was going to be smaller, I didn't put in the middle divider.


Below is the video of the entire project. I was thinking of doing a stain, but on the bookshelf cubby project I didn't really like how the plywood took the stain, so I was thinking about just doing a clear coat of polyurethane, instead. My wife once again changed my mind, because she said she wanted it the same off-white that is in the laundry room now, so paint it was.





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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pallet Planter Part Two

Part two of the planter built out of pallet wood.














 



Update: Plans are available for this project in the right sidebar.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Pallet Planter Part One

I had a lady contact me, asking me to build a planter out of pallet wood. She sent a single photo of what she had in mind, and gave me an idea of the dimensions, so I'm building this as I go (i.e., no plans or anything).


This is part one:




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