MDF ink storage

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Project by Sandra posted 10-22-2012 02:31 AM 2896 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to all the tips from LJs on cutting thin MDF, I completed this small project. If some of the segments look a bit off-kilter, it’s because they are. The shelves consist of four long horizontal pieces and five shorter uprights. Each piece is notched half-way through and then wedged together. (Patron – I didn’t listen and un-clamped the pieces before testing the notches. You were soo right!)

I had wanted a way to store my crafting ink pads inside a cabinet. So I used a smaller wall version as a template and made this to fit the space and the amount of ink I have. The total width is 30”. I have my garage shop where I’m learning to make sawdust, but this is for my newly finished craft area in the basement.

What I learned – MDF creates a LOT of dust. I wore a mask, but that stuff is evil!
- I needed a good straight edge to use with my circular saw. Again, I read other posts here and made a 4’ jig for my circular saw and a shorter jig for my jigsaw. Using the jig helped with my comfort level handling the circular saw.
- you can’t beat c-clamps. The quick clamps I have are fine for clamping something to my work bench, but weren’t up to the task of keeping the jig on the cut-line.
-I don’t have to make do with the craft storage units sold for outrageous prices in the stores. With a bit of patience, I can make exactly what I need.

Next project for the craft area will be a wall mounted unit with dowels to hold wrapping paper.

Thanks for looking

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 03:03 AM

you did great sandra

that’s how we learn
(sometimes i do wonder if i actually do learn)

as the next project is totally different
or i am in a rush to finish
so don’t bother with past lessons

eventually we tire enough
to pay better attention

fixing mistakes is harder
than doing it right the first time

these look fine and work
(in an organic way)
and you accomplished what you set out to do

bravo !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 03:14 AM

This is looking great. A clever and resourceful project. Come to think of it, my wife would love one like that for her inking stamps collection.

-- Yves

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 05:53 AM

Looks fine. MDF makes nasty dust. Definitely want a mask.

Don’t be too kind to Patron, it just goes to his head :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 07:10 AM

Nice job! :) Now to buy more ink pads to fill up the empty spaces? ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 08:12 AM

:-) !!!!!!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 04:37 PM

Really nice project! I like being able to combine woodworking and crafting hobbies, it is so much more fun that way.
I also love your tagline, although I do have to say that having a pink hammer has one advantage. No guy will ever borrow/steal the pink hammer, no matter how they need a hammer. So the pink hammer stays right where I want it. (I actually have a pink one and a flowered one that I use frequently because my husband steals my “real” hammer)

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 12:52 AM

And you did this with a circular saw and a jigsaw … My hat’s off to you.
I agree that MDF is an experiance to work with; almost as bad as cutting wall board on the tablesaw.
(evil chuckle here.)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 01:03 AM

Next time I’ll buy the dang melamine, because the only thing worse than cutting the stuff was painting it!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 10-25-2012 01:46 AM

See… I told my hubby I wasn’t the only one! Stampin Up… Cricut…. And woodworking…gotta love it.

As soon as I get my space figured out, I plan to make some storage for my ink. Good luck with the next project and have fun.

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#10 posted 10-25-2012 02:44 AM

Wow, someone else who knows that a cricut isn’t an insect and owns a router table!!! Boo-yah (or however you spell that!) I LOVE this site

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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