Minimizing, De-Cluttering, and Simplifying The Workshop #5: The ‘Fixer-Upper’ Box

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 02-12-2018 02:22 PM 1688 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the main workbench all organized and ‘project -ready’, it’s now time to turn attention to the remaining collection of tools gracing the handsawgeek shop. These are the ones that found themselves in the Refurbish, Sentimental-Attachment, or Destined-For Yard-Sale piles.

In reality, this pile of tools isn’t as big as I originally thought. It is large enough to spread out across the entire workbench, though.

The first group to organize is the ‘Refurbish’ tools.
Before the sorting begins, I need to have an adequate place to store the items.

Project time!

A quick look through the wood cutoff stack yielded a 20×22 piece of 1/2” plywood, and a couple of 1×4 pine planks. With a little bit of cobbling, I came up with this simple shallow box.

Just so happens, I had a set of 2” castors on hand, so it became a simple shallow ROLLING box. The fixture is only screwed together as it is temporary and will likely be dismantled in the future.

I now have an adequate place to keep all of the pending tool restoration projects within quick access.

And the whole she-bang rolls neatly out of the way ‘neath the model rocket / utility bench.


-- Ed

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 04:31 AM

Ed, what is the thing with the bench clamp on the far right lower corner of the first pic?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 02:10 PM

It’s actually the only item on the bench that’s not a woodworking tool.
It’s an antique hand-cranked mechanical apple peeler.

Read all about it here:

-- Ed

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 12:57 AM

I have finally ‘gotten around” to re-furbing some hand planes that have been sitting in a box, and moved around so much I got tired of looking at them. Picking up these basket cases at flea markets and antique fairs can get to be an obsession. Enough already!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 03:38 PM

I hear ya’ – I just can’t resist picking up old planes and chisels I find at yard sales, etc. It is an obsession, indeed.
Happy to hear that you have actually restored them rather than letting them languish in a box like I have mine.

-- Ed

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