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Laundry hamper #1: Introduction and doors

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 08-26-2021 08:51 PM 594 reads 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I want to build a laundry hamper for the bedroom. I figure it’ll be frame and panel construction, with doors with a lattice in them so the stinky clothes can breathe a little. And I want to build it around my existing plastic laundry baskets, which are just the right size for our washer and dryer.

So I made a sketch (four squares to a foot for the bigger drawings, so each square is three inches, four squares to an inch for the profile of the sticks). The lower left shows the side view, the right shows the front of a door, and the upper left shows the profile of the door frame. My #10 round isn’t holding the blade well, so rather than making a curve in that profile, I’ll make a flat.

Got started yesterday. Took a board of 4/4 ash from the stash and planed the flat sides flat, plus one edge. It was about 30” long, with a waney edge, but I figure I can get all four sticks for one door frame from it. After getting the long edge squared, I marked a line 1½” from that edge, and sawed off the stick with the bandsaw. Then quickly planed the two edges I’d just cut flat. Lather, rinse, repeat until I had two 30 inch sticks a two shorter (15 and 21 inch) sticks.

I used the combination plane to put a ¼” wide groove down the “inside” edge of each stick, then marked lines ¼ and ½ inch from the front inside corner and used a rabbet plane to take off the corner down to the lines.

I think that’s going to be it for today. I cracked one of the sticks while clamping it in the twin-screw vise to put the beveled corner on, so it was time to get out of the shop and not make things worse.

Tomorrow I’ll start making the slats to go within the doors, or maybe start making the frame for the second door. I’ve got a few reasons to want to do the doors first. One is that they’ll be the trickiest bit, so I’d like to get them done. Second, I need to know the weight of the doors in order to know which of the Sugatsune HDS-10S closers I need to buy. I figure the doors will be drop-fronts, so I can easily pull out a basket full of dirty clothes to take it to the washer.

More to follow…

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 08-26-2021 10:52 PM


So I made a sketch (four squares….

- Dave Polaschek

You gotta get into SketchUp (or similar)... Ideal for quick dirties, easily modified, can be shared and the file will be long available after that scrap paper becomes land fill.

And don’t use that argument that it’s too hard… you don’t need the level for developing the next spaceship for Mars.
Basic sketches can be mastered in a few hours and stick to 2D… then you can get cocky and add that extra 1D.

Think of it this way… You have to get books and read, to familiarise with SketchUp!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 08-26-2021 11:12 PM

IT’S TOO HARD DUCK ! sketchup is for girls.mine are all drawn on a cocktail napkin because thats what i always have handy.
nice start dave.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 08-26-2021 11:29 PM



IT S TOO HARD DUCK ! ...
- pottz

Leave your cocktaits out of this.

Your Maloof Rocker was probably hard, however, dare i say, you didn’t girlie out of that. New tricks can be beaten into old dogs... and I don’t mind being a girl… love my nightie.

Sorry for the digression DP... that pottzy likes to speak his mind… the one he forgot he left at home.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 08-26-2021 11:29 PM

I’m not going to pick sides here Dave, but will say my personal preference is the quadrille paper, or 4 squares to an inch, that you used. It’s fast and I mainly use it to determine cutting dimensions. By the time I’d learn AutoCAD or Sketchup, I’d be too old to do the woodworking.
Looks like you’re off to a good start.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 08-27-2021 12:08 AM

I go to the shop to get away from computers, Ducky.

Life’s too short. I’ll use paper. When it’s wrong, I can set it on fire.

Pottz, it’s not too hard. But I strongly prefer paper.

Thanks, Tom. I may end up with tweaks to the design, but that’s what erasers are for.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 08-27-2021 12:24 AM

not that im totally againts sketchup i just dont do much in the way of drawings period.at most i do a simple sketch showing dimensions and the rest is in my head.the way ive always done it,seems to work for me.although ill admit id probably eliminate a lot of mistakes if i did.but what fun would that be-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 08-27-2021 02:13 AM



not that im totally againts sketchup …

I just feel that I’m remiss if I didn’t review/suggest more modern techniques to some of our aged LJ members (no implies here DP)...

If it wasn’t for upgrades, we’d all be using that B&D Orange Drill, with just a tad of runout, to make that 1/8”... sorry, 3/16”... oops again, 1/4”... 5/16”... damn, 1/2”... sound better in metric.

Next I’ll be reprimanded for NOT selfishly asking my 2B wife,

if she had strong hair!

Move to SketchUP is nearly as easy a transition as a western saw upgrade to a Jap Saw.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 08-27-2021 02:16 AM



Life’s too short. I’ll use paper. When it’s wrong, I can set it on fire.
- Dave Polaschek

May you be protected form the greenies and Greta Thunberg... life may just get shorter!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 08-27-2021 02:35 AM


not that im totally againts sketchup …

I just feel that I m remiss if I didn t review/suggest more modern techniques to some of our aged LJ members (no implies here DP)...

If it wasn t for upgrades, we d all be using that B&D Orange Drill, with just a tad of runout, to make that 1/8”... sorry, 3/16”... oops again, 1/4”... 5/16”... damn, 1/2”... sound better in metric.

Next I ll be reprimanded for NOT selfishly asking my 2B wife,

if she had strong hair!

Move to SketchUP is nearly as easy a transition as a western saw upgrade to a Jap Saw.

- LittleBlackDuck


oh jeez (eye’s rolling)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 08-27-2021 02:36 AM


Life’s too short. I’ll use paper. When it’s wrong, I can set it on fire.
- Dave Polaschek

May you be protected form the greenies and Greta Thunberg... life may just get shorter!

- LittleBlackDuck


forget about greta she got a spanking and was sent to bed !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 08-27-2021 02:39 AM

No, Ducky, I’d be using my Ixion drill that I refurbished.

Sketchup, or switching to a Japanese saw would be a step backwards.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 08-27-2021 02:42 AM



No, Ducky, I’d be using my Ixion drill that I refurbished.

Sketchup, or switching to a Japanese saw would be a step backwards.

- Dave Polaschek


nice restoration dave,she looks like new again.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 08-27-2021 05:48 AM

Dave, This load of dirty washing has gone off the rails for sure.

Me, I’m a pencil and paper bloke!

New things on the computer do my head in, but saying that so does reading plans.

I hope you can get this project sorted quickly satisfying all of them above with a first class result.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 08-27-2021 09:22 AM



Dave, This load of dirty washing has gone off the rails for sure.

Me, I’m a pencil and paper bloke!

New things on the computer do my head in, but saying that so does reading plans.

I hope you can get this project sorted quickly satisfying all of them above with a first class result.

- crowie

crowie, it pleasant to hear that there are members here at LJ that joined before the advent of computers.

As for the laundry,

I believe rc already has that dirty linen (un)covered,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 08-27-2021 12:45 PM

Thanks, Pottz.

Thanks, Peter. I don’t hold much hope, especially as I don’t generally make plans, and I have a number of interruptions at home in the next few weeks. I almost wish we had a lockdown so I could concentrate on my work in the shop. Or perhaps I could get a supervisor like yours to keep the interruptions at bay. Part of why I sketched plans at all is that I knew I would be interrupted and this way I don’t have to go back and measure the laundry basket every time I forget how big things need to be.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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