Bravo's Woodshop Renovation Project Pt-2

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Project by BRAVOGOLFTANGO posted 04-18-2014 07:31 AM 152200 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continued from my initial project:

  • Completed my 1/2” plywood storage bin from scraps this evening, with the exception of adding piano hinged 3/16” plexi covers over the top two shelves for my vintage hand planes (keep them dust free). That’s actually the coolest part of the project in that it hit me when I designed this on sketchup, found a secure place for my planes.
  • Recycled the use of the plastic bins from my broken lowe’s bins.
  • Ran 1/4” dados on the back & sides, figured, with Titebond-2 & 1” Kreg screws, this thing is stout for 1/2” PW.
  • Figured out ahead of time that running my Kreg mini drill bit to the 1/2” setting & the mini-kreg block to 5/8” with 1” Kreg screws and the 1/4” dado with 1/2” plywood that it wouldn’t blow out the back, which it didn’t. Took some trials on scraps, but learned just how strong the combo would be.
  • Closing thoughts was that this 2nd grade lowe’s 1/2” ply was that I knew it wasn’t the optimum material for a carcass vs say 3/4” ply. Thing is I had these scraps, they were a bit warped from the store, just cheap ply, but couldn’t bear to toss it. Running the 1/4×15/32” dados on the Ridgid 4512 was tough with warped ply, but managed. I also learned that running dados on 18” wide material on a tablesaw is a bit tough to handle, think it would have been on the router table as well, it’s a full size custom I built. Overall this was a feel-good project that over the last two weeks from building 12 ft long x 3 ft deep x 6 ft tall custom beastly wood shelving in the garage, to too organizing with new wood fixture hangers, etc, that I have a renewed joy for working in my shop.

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#1 posted 04-18-2014 09:27 AM

Great idea there! i’m actually working on something really similar. got the containers from wally world, and using scraps like you did. now if I can just get in the shop to assemble… where did I put that time stretcher…...

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#2 posted 04-18-2014 10:19 AM

Bravo that looks great! I’m gonna have to fav this and tuck it away for another rainy day project…



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#3 posted 04-18-2014 11:17 AM

Thanks guys. Biggest part of this project was actually 2-weeks ago with a huge grinder & 8” diamond wheel, scrubbed the entire concrete floor, sealed it, etc. Last weekend my wife & I ditched the dinky plastic shelving and built some huge beefy wooden shelves. EVERYTHING made it into the shelves including our hurricane ply, even had an entire shelf leftover, freaking amazing! That shelf is now a place for me to neatly store my routers, etc and everything for my other hobby, offshore kayak fishing. Moving the hurricane ply allowed me another 64 sqft of wall which I used to hang other items. Now my shop is truly modular, everything is on casters and with a garage shop we have to be able to move things around.

My next build will be a miter saw stand similar to my pro-router table project, with folding sides, custom fence with guides, stops, etc.

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 01:14 PM

Dude, I think putting your planes up there is a bad idea.

I think you will drop one from height and break the tote, or worse.

Just something to think about.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 02:58 PM

I really like your clear plastic containers. You can see what you have in them without having to pull them out.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 04-18-2014 08:00 PM

I am a great fan also of this type of storage unit.I have made quite a few of them myself for storing screws of which I have a large number of boxes.These look great and I would say go for it to all with shops out there.I have also over the last year bought some metal filing cabinets the small drawer types in which I hold all the jaws for my lathe chucks and other things tools etc for all manner of things.Neatness is next to Alistairness.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 08:40 PM

Nicely organized!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 02:23 PM

Now that you have had this in the shop for a while, what do you use the shoe box storage for? It seems like a lot of containers to hold small stuff.

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#9 posted 12-04-2015 03:37 PM

Nice organizational storage.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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