Sink Cabinet/Floor Sweep

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Project by sIKE posted 02-25-2008 06:29 AM 5697 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second project for the left wall of my shop, it is located in the the back corner. This is an orginal design based on Norms Miter Bench at least for the Cabinet bottom. The top/sink/faucett is a rescue from a tear out at the hospital that my father works at.

I was working on the layout of my dust collection system and could not come up with a good place for a floor sweep. It then hit me that it would be great if I could intergate it into the sink base. So after some thought this is what I came up with. I raised the shelf up so the bottom of the shelf was 5” off the floor. I put in a middle piece the width of the cabinet about 10 inches from the front. I halved the width of the cabinet and added a center board. I then put in 2 small 45 degere blocks and a piece of tempered hardboard on the blocks. Cut a hole in for the 4” sewer pipe and calked the heck out of everything. I then put a small rabbet (1/4”) on the bottom of the cabinet to fit the hardboard floor. Now for the front rail I took a piece of 1×4 poplar tilted the TS to 12 degrees (I tried a range from 8-20) and ran it though on its side. I then mixed up a bunch of epoxy and coated both sides of the ramp. I then cut it to 1/2 the width of the cabinet minus 3/4 inch. I then dowel joined left and right square pieces and cut it to final length the screwed the assembly to the cabinet.

The only big mistake was I needed to make that middle wall about 8 1/2” from the front. I ended up cuting out a bit of my wall to give the elbow clearance up to the main line. The other mistake was from working upside down. I cut the 4 in hole to high. I am going to cut in another piece(s) of hardboard to raise the floor up to the mouth of the DC inlet.

The doors still need some work if you cant tell.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 02-25-2008 06:34 AM

That’s a pretty cool idea!

I think I would try to hook up some kind of foot operated thing to open the blast gate to make it real easy.

Nothing in the world like easy. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-25-2008 12:08 PM

Cool thinking. Space saving and efficient.

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#3 posted 02-25-2008 12:40 PM

That is a good idea. I am not sure how many shops have water in them but it is a good idea. And putting a floor sweep into the dead space in the cabinet is a novel idea as well.

Thanks for the ideas.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-25-2008 01:32 PM

Good idea.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 02-25-2008 02:52 PM

No, it’s a “great” idea! I would do as Gary suggested and make a foot operated lever for the blast gate though. It’ll save your back everytime ya gotta bend over, and crawl to the back corner of the cabinet!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#6 posted 02-25-2008 04:18 PM

No, it’s a FANTASTIC idea! lol!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-25-2008 05:34 PM

I wanted water in my shop for gluing purposes. It is just cold water at this point, but I am able to wash out my glue rags and keep them clean. It also helps with the hands and keeping them clean!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#8 posted 02-25-2008 07:39 PM

It will also serve as my sharpening station. The top is lower than the cabients going in to the right of it. I plan to add a aux top that will bring it up to level of the RAS top that will go in to the left of it when needed. This should give me about 5 feet to the right of the blade.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#9 posted 02-25-2008 10:08 PM

Great idea – anything that saves space in the shop is a good thing.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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