As The Shop Turns #2: Getting to know my saw on some plywood boxes.

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Blog entry by Natalie posted 03-07-2013 05:20 AM 1383 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Keeping it real Part 2 of As The Shop Turns series Part 3: I'm actually making a bit of progress. »

So, I have these places in my shop that beg for some cupboards, with slide-by doors. They are not assembled yet, but I have pics to try to explain what I am talking about.

So here is the space I’m talking about. Minus the clamps that are temporarily hanging there I am putting up a series of long narrow cabinet boxes in between each set of brackets.

I started with 1/2 inch plywood. I try to avoid 3/4 inch ply whenever possible because it’s so much heavier and hard for me to work with right now. They are various widths from 15 to 41 inch wide, and are 10 3/8 deep and 11.5” high. On some of the longer cabinets, I may have to add a support in the middle so the bottom doesn’t sag under weight. I have cut dados for slide-by doors that will be made out of some 1/4 inch cherry ply I have left over from our kitchen cabinets. I have some nice leftover lacewood that I am going to use for edge banding on the face.

So far I have cut the pieces for all the different widths, and the side pieces, plus I have cut all the groove for slide-by doors. I have yet to cut the Cherry for the doors.

When I’m able to get back into the shop they are ready for a light sanding and light coat of lemon oil, and then cutting the doors and assembly. I am planning to mount them with french cleats.

I have really enjoyed using my new Sawstop TS for this project. This is the first time in my life to have a nice saw in my own shop. It was so easy to use and I was actually surprised that my cuts were straight and accurate. I could get used to this!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 09:25 AM

It looks like you are ready Natalaie. Have a speedy recovery and enjoy that wonderful new saw you have.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 10:43 AM

Looks great! More storage space is always welcome. It is funny how we always find ways to fill it, isn’t it? It is also great to have good tools. Makes the job such a pleasure. Since I got my Excalibur Scrollsaw, I love cutting more than ever.

Keep us posted on your progress. I hope your recovery is speedy and “without incident” ;)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 09:15 PM

Good tools means good results, New or old. The problem with storage, is, when we make more room for more storage, we fill it, then, well, it’s like a cat chasin its tail. Carry on, and heal up quickly.

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

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