Shop Improvements #4: French Cleat & Lumber Rack

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Blog entry by Cathie Zimmerman posted 04-14-2016 05:56 AM 2099 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Dust Collection and Tools Part 4 of Shop Improvements series Part 5: Lumber Rack Complete - Tool Additions »

Here’s an update of what’s going on. It’s fun to write about these things because you never know who is going to give good feed back, or what advice really hits home. So, thanks to y’all that read these. I read yalls too! And… WOW are there some beautiful projects out there.

French Cleat:

Inspired by watching April Wilkerson on YouTube. This has been a real confidence builder. Since I’ve always loved technology and heard of sketch up from a random YouTube video… I took a stab at it and used it to design my wall rack. It came out great! I used furring strips. I thought the wood would be too soft and brittle at first but I must have gotten a great batch! I really wanted a place to put my power tools instead of sitting on the shelf below my work bench. I had ZERO confidence about working “on the fly” so to speak. I’ve never just began cutting without a plan and drawing but I just traced around tools and cut out parts that needed to be. For dry fit I used Brad nails a bit shallow so I could easily take it apart if it didn’t work. So far I’ve made a shelf for my cordless circular saw (that has two levers to keep it in place and a recessed area on the bottom to sit the heal into) and a station for my drill and impact driver. Just to experiment I made a holder for my Ryobi bit box on top of it.

Lumber Rack:

Inspired by The Wood Whisperer, I’ve put together the support pieces so far; tomorrow I’ll likely go get the studs to go on the wall. I have all the hardware to anchor it down securely… To include lag bolts! If there is anyone who lives in Phoenix or Glendale area go check out “Marks Nuts and Bolts” near Grand Ave. A Google search will take you right there to him. They have every kind of nut, bolt, screw out of every kind of material and head you could imagine. There’s other stuff there too. It’s worth a walk through and WAY cheaper than box stores, etc. He sells most items by weight… Who’s Mark? He’s the owner/employee at the register – great guy. Anyway… I just have to get this lumber up off the floor and away from leaning on walls.

I’ll be happy to have some organization to the shop! Then I can get back to building my friend’s kids those table and chairs I was working on (also inspired by TWW!).

I’ve heard it takes about 5 years to really have an organized and productive shop. Any truth to this? Lol

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#1 posted 04-14-2016 11:56 AM

Actually, it’s never-ending, but, always fun fun fun.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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