Making of the Workshop - Behind the Scene #3: What You Can Get For $1

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Blog entry by Thuan posted 03-10-2008 05:34 AM 1722 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was able to use my new workbench the other day to modify a cabinet door for a client. I did this favor so that I can test out my new bench. This opportunity gave me a chance to see the workability of the piece and what I need to build or modify to streamline the place. I realized I either need a bigger workbench or, I’m going to get my frequently used tools on the wall.

But I didn’t get much shop time today to build my wall organization system. I blame daylight savings time. But then again, I was able to work later into the evening with the garage door open. It was nice. So here’s my late entry for the 2×4 stud contest. I should get some sort of handicap since I only used 34” of a 2×3.

This came from a left over piece of lumber from my work bench. I measured, grooved, notched, beveled, then bored the holes to accept the screws. This isn’t bad for about $1. The Chinese hand planes I used have these handles that make storing them a pain. That is until it dawned on me to hang them by their own handles. I’ll have to give the Shakers the credit for this one as I was going to use shaker pegs, but that would require a trip to the store to buy dowels or a mini lathe. I found a simpler solution with a 2×3.

I’m going have to figure out how to hang the chisels, saws and layout tools on this wall. Time to look into the Lumberjocks archive for ideas.

-- Thuan

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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 03-10-2008 06:42 AM


The last issue of Woodworking Magazine (Issue #8) also has a great article on making a chisel rack. You might want to check it out. You can either pick up a hard copy or you can download it digitally.

-- Ethan,

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#2 posted 03-10-2008 08:07 AM

Looks great! Those Mujingfang planes?

-- Eric at

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 03-10-2008 01:39 PM

Hi Thuan,

I remember when my walls were that available! I miss those days. Now I can’t even see the walls.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 03-10-2008 03:14 PM

Thuan – that looks like a great idea. Gotta love keeping those scraps around. They do come in handy.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 03-10-2008 03:29 PM

Good idea, Thuan, although you missed your chance to buy a mini lathe. If you have an excuse to buy a tool, use it!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 03-10-2008 04:16 PM

Nice job, what are you going to make with the leftover cut out pieces? ;o)

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-10-2008 04:28 PM

Great use of space, squeezing the marking guides inbetween the planes.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 03-10-2008 09:23 PM

great job. those are some cool planes. can’t wait to see all the other storage solutions you come up with.

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#9 posted 03-10-2008 09:27 PM

You do come up with pretty interesting ideas.

Are you going to put a finish on your 2×4?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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