My Long Wait for a Workshop #4: Slowly But Surely...

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Blog entry by JWags posted 04-22-2011 05:06 AM 1799 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Lessons Learned - Observations of a Newbie Part 4 of My Long Wait for a Workshop series Part 5: Home Made Air Filter »

Well – in between working at my regular job and going out of town for a few days, I have finished building and installing the 20 drawers for my workbench.

I used 3/4 birch plywood for the fronts. I was going to make the drawer handles – but I was too anxious to move on to the next step.

I put a chamfered edge all around the fronts – I like the look of the plywood stripes, and it helps to hide the fact that some edges don’t line up perfectly (it’s a garage guys – not a dining room…)

The drawers are already almost filled – and I still have more “stuff” to store. So I was going to go on and build the hutch that will sit on the right side of the bench, but changed my mind. Even though the dust collection works great, the dust from making and finishing the drawers was everywhere. And living at 9,000 feet – the air is thin enough without the dust.

So I’m going to begin making my air filter system first. I’ll document that later. It’s a good plan – a 5 micron prefilter with a washable 1 micron secondary filter. Sounds like fun!

Thanks for watching!

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 05:19 AM

What nice drawers you have!
Seriously, nice job. Now, go ahead and crack open a cold one, marvel at your handywork and ponder all the projects to come.

OK! Enough already, stop loafing around…
get back to work and make a mess of that waaay to clean workshop! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 06:19 AM

Nice progress James – It’s kinda fun when you have so many (shop) projects to choose from, looking good!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 02:48 PM

JWags, I have about the same size garage and was wondering how to get storage in there. I have a 4×8 sheet of pegboard up right now over some very old cabinets that come out of an old hospital, but all of this is getting ripped out and star anew. I love the drawers. Makes everything very neat. Thanks for the post and the ideas.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 02:55 PM

Looking good. I suggest you throw some trim around that great window. The shop will remain dusty but will otherwise look fantastic when you’re done. :-)

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 03:17 PM

The drawers look fine with those handles. Keep up the good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 03:02 PM

Hey everyone -

Thanks for the nice comments!

Gary – It is surprising how much you can do in a small space.
Will – Yes -I’m gonna trim out the window – but this time with my own wood cut from my own logs. So it will have to wait a while, until I finish getting set up.

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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