Fridge stand and drink storage station

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-28-2018 02:13 PM 1715 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a convenient lift for the little refrigerator we put in the garage so we did not have to bend or kneel to get stuff out of it. I enhanced it to also be the storage place for beer and pop. I did not think about the wine so that might be a later addition.
It is made from maple plywood and screwed together.I have not used my Craftsman Radial Arm Saw for 5 years and now I used it twice in a week . I leave a wobble dado blade on it and I used the long removable end gage (that also fits my miter saw) to cut all the shelf dados.

The unit is on casters so we can move it to clean the garage. It is painted with white enamel.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-28-2018 02:49 PM

Very Clever!

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#2 posted 04-28-2018 03:10 PM

Very practical and convenient. I love it!

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#3 posted 04-28-2018 03:35 PM

The wobble dado. I have two of them, inherited I think, from my grandfather and my shopsmith benefactor. I installed one of them ONE tme on the SS, it scared the stuffin out of me and ive not tried them since.
My question, was my assessment too hasty? Do these contraptions have a place in a semi modern shop? How is the cut quality in ply?

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#4 posted 04-28-2018 03:51 PM

Nice not having to bend over to get in the fridge. Good thinking Jim.

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#5 posted 04-28-2018 04:18 PM

Nice job Jim. Easy to clean, move and a handy place to keep everything together.

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#6 posted 04-28-2018 05:06 PM

That’s a great idea!

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#7 posted 04-28-2018 06:06 PM

Now that is really a nice fridge stand … jumbojack The wobble dado cutters are a good tool for allot of things, but in fine furniture, they are not the tool of choice … A wobble dado leaves a slightly concave bottom, and will show at the edge. A stack dado makes a flat bottom.
now that being said, the wobble dado won’t show much till you get to about 5/8” or larger, but for utility projects it’s a fine tool to use. I would not make anything bigger than a 3/4” dado or rabbit, as they start to vibrate about there.

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#8 posted 04-28-2018 06:44 PM

Jim hello This is an original and practical idea. I liked how you resolved this issue for convenience.

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#9 posted 04-28-2018 08:24 PM

very useful idea,Jim

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#10 posted 04-28-2018 08:41 PM

Good idea jim!

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#12 posted 04-28-2018 09:49 PM

Jim I love the idea that even if your back gives out you can still grab a beer with no effort ::))).
Don’t think i have seen this idea before, well done mate

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#13 posted 04-28-2018 11:29 PM

That’s how you can save your back, tidy up and make room at the same time. Way to go Jim. Your beverages fit my needs too. LOL.

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#14 posted 04-28-2018 11:35 PM

Thank you all for the nice comment. We sure like the convenience of the height.

Hi Jack and Tony. In plywood, you get a little fuzz on the top of one side of the dado, but for this thing that is painted, I just sand off the fuzz and it is fine. I have used it for hardwood but if you tape the wood on top and cuts against a scrap block in back, chip out is minimal. I usually use a router bit for fine dado work. I typically climb cut ( pull it through on the RAS). You have to hold it tight so it does not run away from you. Surprisingly, this Craftsman wobble dado cuts a flat bottom. My friend went to buy one and had two different brands and they both left a cavity in the middle of the bottom that I don’t get with this one. That is why I am reluctant to get it sharpened( I might lose that).
I recently used it at full width (13/16) to make some rabbet cuts on a riser stand I made for my old vacuum that I use in the barn for the cars. I got tired of the hose and cord falling off the thing all the time so I modified the holder to take care of both of those issues. I also raised it up 6” so I did not have to bend down to drag it around. By the way, if you ever need to figure out the oval dimensions or hexagon or pentagon, sides , etc., here is real neat program I used to make these ovals in just a minute.

Here is where U used the dado on the side pieces for that:

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 04-28-2018 11:54 PM

Great idea! Everyone needs a refrigerator station for the shop.

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