Shop storage projects #20: Moving in, and other builds,,

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-09-2017 12:03 AM 1006 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: Drawer #5, and a bit of Olde School Part 20 of Shop storage projects series Part 21: Need a dresser for chisels, starting up »

Well, I got the Shop Dresser all finished up..

So, I cleared the old dryer off, getting ready to haul it out of the basement…where did all that stuff go?

Mostly in the top three drawers..

May need a label as to what went where..

Ok, got things ready to move around…..then the “good dryer” went out of action. The more we dug around in it, the more broken items we found. Decided to just scrap it out. left the pieces separated, and hauled the parts up the stairs, and out the door. Went to a Salvage Yard last Monday…..found almost as much change in the bottom of it, as what the Yard was paying for scrap metal…

Dragged the “old” dryer over to the other’s spot..

Plugged in, and hooked up…worked like a charm. Was merely plugged up. Had everyone down there, floors were swept, enough that almost two trash bags full went out the door…took two people to move the dresser into it’s new home..

Ran out of Trash Bags, before I could get rid of this mess, though..

Ok, next? Had a bunch of Yankee screwdrivers, and push drills that needed a place to call home….how about a tote ? Where I could keep the tote in a drawer, until I needed one of those tools? had a pile of scraps, might as well make use of some of them.

Cut a couple “ends”. Random angle, whatever looked good. Had ONE long piece of pine, as well. I thought it would be a bottom for the tote, and cut a bunch of dovetail pins..

Well, ran into a grain problem. So, the long board became a side. Did not have a second such board….but I did have some 1/4” Pine plywood…...I added a cleat along one side for something to glue and nail the plywood to…

Got out the glue and clamps. Cleat was glued and screwed in place, plywood was glued and nailed.

Let this sit overnight. Decided I could add a handle to help get the tote out of the drawer. Found a 7/8” dowel, notched both ends. Pilot holes and counter sinks for a screw on each end.

With a dab of glue to help out. Then fill the tote up..

Drilled a few holes into that cleat, to hold 3 nail sets..

Opened up the fourth drawer down, and tried the fit…

Plenty of room. Looked a bit lonely in there… out the old Stanley 45 box, where I keep the Dremel stuff in, nowadays..

But, there wasn’t enough room for the other box of stuff..

So, I just closed the lid, and stashed the box under a Tap & Die set..

On top of the dresser. Which leaves another project to work on…

These are my “extra” chisels. I have a decent set I use nowadays, these usually get tossed into a cardboard box, and forgottened, so maybe I can cobble a case to hold all of these? I have an empty shelf under the Mitre Box Bench….Will have to see how much lumber it will involve….stay tuned.

BTW: Dryer brought $3.21 at salvage, and had $2.50 in change in the bottom of the case/cabinet. Not much, but there is a LOT more room in the shop, now. Have a lot of junk/trash to haul out, yet. IF I run out of drawer space for the rest of the “good” stuff, I could always build another dresser…..I might have the hang of building one, now..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Combo Prof

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 02:10 AM

Inspiring…. I wish I could find the time. I so need to retire.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 01:27 PM

Inspiring…. I wish I could find the time. I so need to retire.

- Combo Prof

Especially considering it was done almost entirely with hand tools at a near zero materials cost. Looks fantastic!

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 03:34 PM

Little scrapyard down the road from me had a guy bring in a complete shopsmith. They put it on the scale and it was worth eight dollars and change and the guy threw a fit. They put it back on his truck for him and he went away mad.

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#4 posted 02-10-2017 02:17 AM

Got to love you old school guys that do everything by hand, can make it perfect, and use everything in thier shop to make great projects…......Way to go

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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