Reaperwoodworks #4: Desk Caddie...where did that come from?

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Blog entry by Reaperwoodworks posted 01-06-2016 01:21 AM 1331 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you’ve been following along on Youtube, you know I’m in the middle of a HUGE shop reorganization. Every square foot of my shop, all 1100 of them, is being impacted in some way or another. The front half of the shop is now done. Some shelves have been removed, or just plain moved, and some new ones have been built.

We had a break from freezing precipitation of one sort or another today, so I decided to get rid of some cut off’s in the fire pit. Once that was roaring good, I started to just clean up and came across my stack of 4×4 posts I got that used to be old shipping stickers for pipe. I am using them as posts for elevated storage in the shop. I had cut some down to length the other day and have cut off pieces just sitting around. I got to looking at one, and wondered…”how nice does that wood clean up I wonder”. I decided to find out.

I took it to the jointer and let it eat. I think it’s pine, or some variation of softer wood along those lines, I’m really not sure. It did however, clean up nicely! Jointed on top, raw on bottom.

I then decided, lets make something! A desk caddie! Wait, you have a desk caddie already made of metal. Sure, you do, and that’s great and all, but it’s not something you made yourself! So that was it, I argued back and forth with myself like this for a couple minutes, then just decided to jump into it. I didn’t measure anything, didn’t know where I was going to go with it, just decided to DO IT!

So, I took it to the table saw first and cut out the mail/note pad slots. Those went easy enough.

Then I took it over to the drill press where I thought, I’ll just put some big round holes in it to hold pens and pencils. Then I looked to the left of my drill press and saw my lonely mortising machine. This poor machine just sits in my shop, has for years. Literally since 2009 and I’ve used it twice, both times to show off to friends that it cuts square holes. MINDS BLOWN every time. I went on a boys trip back in 2009 to Vegas. I didn’t come home rich, but I came home with a nice little chunk of change, and splurged on myself. I got this machine, my jointer, and a since replaced table saw (RIGID with a granite top, didn’t care for that thing at all), and a tenoning jig (still unopened). Grizzly was doing some kind of insane deal on this and the tenoning jig, and purchasing them got me free shipping or some such thing making them almost free? I don’t remember, I just remember it was a really good deal and figured I’d put them to use some day, eventually, maybe.

Anyway, it’s sat and is in desperate need of some maintenance, hence all the rust on the table. I know, I know, it’s on the list to take care of, and soon. This machine is awesome!!! I cut out 4 different pen/pencil holding holes because, well, why not?

Hit it with the belt sander to get off the rough spots, then went after it by hand with some 80, 120 and finally 220 sand paper. It was nice not really having any prior plan on what I was going to make and just let it come out of the machines as it might.

Finished and in the house. I may or may not throw some stain on it down the road. Will go nicely with the first big project I have planned for when the shop is done and ready to go.

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