Shop Improvment

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Project by T. D. Reid posted 12-30-2011 02:38 AM 5644 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first two pictures are shelves that I build out of pine on Tuesday this week to house plastic storage containers. It is one of those things that you put off forever and then when it’s done you wonder how you ever lived without it. The last three pictures are of a cross cut sled that I build the last week of November out of birch plywood and quarter sawn white oak. The third picture shows the runners and they are also made out of QSWO. I mention this because I was reading a blog this morning that someone talked about purchasing factory made runners. Hardwood runners are a cost effective way of making runners that I encourage everyone to try the next time they make a jig that requires them.
I want to apologize, I am new at posting my projects and for some reason I didn’t put the dimensions down. It holds a panel 24.5” X 42” the front and rear fence is 3” tall sitting on 5/8” birch plywood.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 02:42 AM

That should be real handy, thanks for posting

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 02:47 AM

Those kind of improvements really help around the shop well done.


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#3 posted 12-30-2011 05:18 AM

Nice shelf unit for your containers and I also like your sled. I’m wanting to build a sled very soon.. I’ve made a couple of jigs for my table saw and used wooden runners on them, they work very well.


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#4 posted 12-30-2011 05:41 AM

Hey Todd, what are the dimensions of that sled?

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 05:57 AM

I love the cross cut sled. A must have and nice job. As you say these things you wonder how you lieved without some of them. Particularly those shop improvements that help organize.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 07:46 AM

nice project and that sled is big.i recently built a sled and boy did it come in handy when i started to build some upper cabinets for my shop.i was able to cut widths up to 15 inches,and accurate.thanks for posting.Jeff.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 07:54 AM

I dont think that is a sled. i think it is a sliding table top conversion. nice work.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 03:31 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. Shop improvements are rarely fun to build but make our life in the shop much easier. If you read my blog you know that I am attempting to do one week maintenance down period after each build and that will include at least one shop improvement as well as continuing education.
Something I failed to mention about the shelves is that I left a one inch gap at the back to keep dust from building up there. It also gives the dust a place exit when I blow the shop out.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 04:17 PM

Alright alright I guess I need to build that sled I’ve been planning!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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