Workshop Improvement #1: Finally - Thanksgiving shop renovation

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Blog entry by johngoes posted 11-27-2009 12:44 AM 1392 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Months & months ago I set my sight on improving this mess:

to this sketch-up vision: (Observing the back wall for cabinets etc)

As a result of the economy, I was given a boatload of unpaid vacation days for the company to cut costs and so I have had from last Friday until Monday to start to tackle the shop upgrade. I had an ulterior motive for this – I got a Jet 1220 lathe for Christmas (early) and needed a place to put it and the shop renovation makes that possible.

So in the following few photos you’ll see the cabinet carcases (birch ply dado-joined), shelf destruction (some to be recycled into shed shelves), bare wall with retained top shelf and the cabinet trial emplaced. My wife refuses to let me work in the shop today, but tomorrow I’ll primer and paint that wall with a left over near-gallon of “china cup” (off white) interior latex. Saturday my brother will come by and help me shim and install the cabinets. The countertop will be five soft maple 8/4 boards edge joined and planed somewhat smooth.

Red Oak face frame – first time using Kreg pocket screw jigs. Wow! – three cabinets of face frames assembled in less than two hours!

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 02:19 AM

Very nice, gotta love those pocket screws for face frames. I’ll definitely be using them for any cabinets I build.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 02:23 AM

Use them everyday. Love em. No more nail holes to putty. Looking good. Hope to see the finished project soon.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 04:39 AM

I’ll be working on it all weekend. Tomorrow primer & paint. While the paint’s drying I’ll add sawdust for character by building lots-O-drawers. There will be 10 drawers and six cabinet doors. (I prefer organizing doors than shelves.) I’m hoping that by the end of the weekend I hope to have 7 of 10 drawers completed (I ran out of 1/2” european drawer plywood.) Simple captured dado drawer box joinery with screwed on oak face fronts. Full extension 100 lb drawer rails. (5” deep top & 7” deep middle drawers.)

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 08:11 AM

Reorganizing a shop is always a good project. I just spent the last couple of days reorganizing my shop and was surprised how more open my workspace seems to be with the same equipment that was making it seem crowded.

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