My Garage/Work Shop Makeover #11: Face Frames and Drawers, Oh My!

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 07-15-2013 05:25 AM 4641 reads 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Kreg Precision Measuring System Installation Part 11 of My Garage/Work Shop Makeover series Part 12: Dust Collection for the sanders »

I finished up the basic construction on the miter saw station and put it in service. I am loving it.

Using pocket hole construction, I built face frames for both of the lower cabinets.
Note: All of those clamps might be overkill but they kept my stuff where it was supposed to be.

Next it was time to build the drawers. Actually, there are two trays and three drawers.

I set up a dado blade on my table saw for a 1/2 inch cut. That allowed me to do two operations:
  1. Rip the drawer pieces for the 1/2 inch plywood I used for the drawer bottoms.
  2. Cross cut the ends of the front and back pieces only.
    I set up a stop block on the table saw fence so the boards would have some space between the end and the fence.

Don’t laugh at the painters tape. It worked well as an “almost zero clearance insert”. :-)

I also made a simple tray for one of the drawers. It is holding the hardware for my next project.

And then i ran out of paint! :-(

If you remember, I wrote about the Kreg Precision Measuring System in my last entry. GAWD that thing is the cat’s meow. I quickly cut the pieces to build a cooler. Then I realized I had lumber left over, so I cut most of the pieces for the next cooler. The first one is finished and out the door. I plan to start the assembly of the next one tomorrow.

I had to label the various pieces so I won’t get confused.

And from that pile of boards POOF! Just like maagic, they turned into a cooler.

Next up in my makeover plans is to incorporate dust collection into the miter saw station. I will have room for the 1 inch belt sander and the oscillating sander.

I found a Fernco plumbing repair rubber boot at HD that is a perfect fit for my miter saw dust port. Inside diameter on both ends is 2 3/8 inches (for 2 inch PVC, I guess). That fit the dust port and the shop Vac hose is 2 1/4 inch diameter so it fits on that end also. Snug the clamps and it is a done deal.

...and temporary set up for my router table!!!

And last but not least, a new tape rack! I used a pallet board and some shaker pegs I had on hand.

Did I mention I am having fun? Well, I am.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 09:56 AM

Mike you are doing some awefully nice and very useful work! Your organizational skills are taking over as you improve your shop. Very nice router table also. Your plans or some you obtained? And did you blog the construction?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 12:30 PM

you are doing an excelent job, love the way you set it up

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 07-15-2013 12:53 PM

I like the way you’ve got your router table incorporated in there also

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

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 02:00 PM

I love your photo-shoot Mike and I’ve got two great ideas from you. I’m about to buy a Bosch GCM12GDL glyde saw and your cabinet looks ideal, also the tape rack, almost every time that I open a certain cupboard rolls of tape come flying out.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 05:09 PM

@handtooler – the router table is all my doings. It is about 20×32. I glued two pieces of 3/4 inch mdf together, trimmed the sides/ends flush, then attached oak edge banding. After cutting and sanding all four corners, I laminated a piece of Formica on the top and trimmed with a flush trim router bit.

To attached the fence, I installed a pair of “T” tracks so the fence can be adjusted. The plate is the Rockler Group A (fits the Bosch 1617 router). I drilled a hole in the plate so I can adjust the bit height from above the table.

I already had mine built when I saw this video Steve posted on You Tube. You might get some inspiration from him.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 05:31 PM

GO TEXANS!!!!!!!!!!!

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#7 posted 07-15-2013 10:17 PM

nice work thats thinking outside the box.

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#8 posted 10-12-2013 01:26 PM

This whole blog is awesome. “Poof…a cooler”. So cool. What kind of paint did you use…it looks like Milk Paint in Soldier Blue, but I could be way off. I am in love with Milk Paint lately – love how you can see the wood grain through it when it is mixed a bit on the thin side. This is just awesome, great work – great inspiration!

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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#9 posted 10-12-2013 04:49 PM

Hello Jenine. The paint color is “Battleship Gray”. To me it looks like it has some blue in it and the pics don’t do it justice. I live just a few miles from the San Jacinto Monument and the Battleship “Texas” is berthed nearby it. So that was my reasoning behind the color choice. It does resemble milk paint.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 01-14-2016 08:11 PM

Is your router table fixed? If so how do you to do dado cuts and the like?

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#11 posted 01-14-2016 10:04 PM

Is your router table fixed? If so how do you to do dado cuts and the like?

- Nezzerscape

That router table has been replaced with this one.

However, most of my dado cutting is done with an exact width dado jig. Works great!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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