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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