Underway again...finally #14: Sidetracked - but it's a good thing, really, it is!

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 11-30-2017 12:24 AM 3743 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No, I didn’t get anything done on the mobile table saw and cabinet base.
Yes, I got sidetracked – but it was a good thing! REALLY!

Started off looking for 2×3’s to act as connecting pieces between the cabinets. Ran into this mess:
and this:
and this:

Seriously – can you find the 8-foot long 2×3’s? It took me over 5 minutes and I’m the one who put it “there”.

So, I sat down and thought – ”This has to be fixed. Wasting time is bad enough but the mess is even worse.” (I’d feign embarrassment, but I’ve seen other people’s ;umber piles/workshops….There’s some weird sense of pride in THE MESS though it interferes in efficiency.) Obviously, the answer is a lumber rack, at least one. Unfortunately, it has to be “free-standing”, not attached to any wall. And, I need to handle lumber, plywood and MDF/OSB. I decided to tackle the rack for lumber/cutoffs first – will make a plywood/MDF/OSB cart next and then get back to the table saw/cabinet base. (Though the mobile table saw/cabinet setup isn’t finished, throwing plywood atop the open cabinet tops temporarily works to add width [need to figure out a similar temporary outfeed “fix”).

Found the 2×3’s.
Here’s the basic layout after all the cutting (more pics of the process follow):

Will use pallet forklift cutout pieces for “feet”. Cut 2 pair – 1 pair 34 inches long, the other pair 24 inches long. I’ll use the longer pair of feet as the outer of 4 – 2”x3”x96”vertical pieces. The shorter feet will be on the inner pair of vertical supports.

I didn’t start with a written plan… I wrote things down as I figured them out/need to figure them out. Here’s “the plan” I wound up with at the end of the day – it’s pretty much the process I thought the plan out and cut things. May seem out of sequence, but I actually think this way – started with height and width, then figured I should make it so the mobile table saw/cabinet base would fit under it.

If you look at the lower right part of the picture, you see the front elevation view with the table saw/cabinet base rolled under the lumber rack. AT least, that’s how I want it to work.

Cutting the 45 degree “shelf” supports – same idea for the foot-to-vertical-piece supports(they’re just larger/longer):

Not quite finished at the end of the day/when I started to clean up due to fast-approaching dusk/darkness. All pieces are cut, ready to assemble in the morning, including the diagonal brace which should prevent “wracking” (that’s what the math on the left side of the last picture is all about – figuring the length of the diagonal brace). Turned out I didn’t have a long enough piece for the diagonal so I had to try another hap-lap joint to make 2 shorter pieces 1 long piece. This half-lap came out “better” than my previous try, but I still added a 10-inch long plywood “backer” across the the half-lap joint for insurance” [not sure if it was necessary, but why not?].

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#1 posted 11-30-2017 01:45 AM

Looks to be all go there John.

I am doing some roof ridge capping rebedding went to our local Bunnings Hardware store to buy 4 x bags of mortar

spied a “Free wood” sign

came home with
2 x interior doors
1 x Full 6×4 sheet of 16mm MDF that had some corner damage
1 x shorter sheet of an off cut of HDF, good for templates
and 4 x bags of mortar!!

Hey what are the two grey items on a frame in picture No 2?

I built a lumber rack one day and by the time I was finished I had no lumber to put in it !! so I opted for a steel frame one now its chockers!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-30-2017 03:59 AM

Hey what are the two grey items on a frame in picture No 2?

Sorry. I don’t see what 2 grey items you’re referring to. Tell me a quadrant or something near it?

If you’re referring to picture 3, not 2, you might have spotted an estate sale “freebie” (I know, that’s contradictory but I actually got something at a sale for free.) There’s a light stand with 2 oval halogen lights on an orange T-stand in the top left quadrant visually about level with the bottom of the fence in the background. Currently non-working – haven’t troubleshot it yet; could be just bad bulbs. If I get even one of the 2 lights working, I’ll be able to continue working past dusk (the carport lights are really too dim to work safely under).

Nice rack and nice haul, btw. Your rack is much fancier (well, maybe just better constructed) than mine will be and the wood on it looks of primo quality.

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#3 posted 11-30-2017 04:48 AM

Well colour me stupid its picture No 3 and again at No 6! still would not have picked it as a light.
and I now understand its a outdoor llighting setup but only for use during the day at this stage!

-- Regards Rob

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