This week in the shop: reorg

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 07-07-2017 10:12 PM 750 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been on a kick, for a while, of wanting to reorganize my tool cabinet.

When originally built (from a design from Fine Woodworking”) I had the usual dream that everyone has when they build these things; that it would look almost exactly LIKE the one in the magazine, minus a few hundred parts or so.

Well, I got the basic outline of it done, and it has acted as a cabinet for some of my tools. But, like with most things, life gets in the way, and it’s easier to go ahead and put THIS in there, and I need a place to toss that right now, and the upper area ain’t being used, so …. And eventually it doesn’t look so much like a tool cabinet, and DEFINITELY not like the one in the magazine, all organizated and such.

And lately, I’ve seen some wonderful pieces from others who have built cabinets to hold their tools. And I’ve been wanting to straighten up what I have. So this morning I set to making up pieces to hold the different tools that I do have.

So I’ll set up with getting my protractor set with my other measuring tools.

I have been storing my large mallet in the tool cabinet, but there’s a part of me asking “Why?”. It’s a big ol’ chunk o’ wood with a handle that really won’t care about dust, so … I trimmed the top end of the handle so it doesn’t protrude from the body of the hammer, and then used my #4 smoother to make it prettier. Now it can stand on it’s head and out of the way and if I need it, I’ll use it.

Finally, I needed to re-do my screwdriver holder, which was too thin and too clunky a build. I spent a little time on figuring out what I wanted, worked at getting the holes drilled, and a little hand planing with the #4 to pretty it up just a hair. That and a place to hang my square w/ 16” ruler.

After that was a bit of a run-in with technology, but I eventually got over it.

These aren’t big changes, and some of them are a bit over-engineered for what is my first tool cabinet (I hope it’s my last tool cabinet as well, but no one can foretell the future), but a while back I was pondering whether I should worry about such things as looks, and just make things that can function. Since I’m working toward a better mastery of how to work wood, and that won’t happen if I don’t set goals a little higher, I spend the time, and continue to practice with purpose.

Comments and questions are always welcome. Thanks for reading.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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