My first woodworking project

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Blog entry by sansoo22 posted 12-13-2019 04:21 PM 661 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was a project I did last year but never got around to posting it. I wasn’t sure since it’s mostly an old set of steel lockers with a wood cabinet surround if it fit the rules for projects so made a blog entry for it.

So lets begin with these old lockers I got from a dumpster find. That’s right I’m not above dumpster diving. I had them for like 3 yrs before I finally decided what to do with them.

As you can see I used a flap disc at one point to remove paint and quickly abandoned that idea

The inside wasn’t much prettier

Skipping ahead because I didn’t take pics of the cleaning, sanding, and self etching primer parts here we are with most of the rustoleum rust preventative primer on

And guess what here is more paint pics because for a month that seems like all i did was paint this jerk hole

Finally after all of that paint work here we are with a collage of the framing/cabinet wood work

Skipping ahead again because who wants to be bored with pics of a make shift spray booth and EVEN MORE PAINTING!

And if you’re wondering why it was painted instead of doing some fancy finish…well that answer is two fold. One I used inexpensive plywood on it. And two I wanted it to look like its friends in the old shop space.

I learned quite a few things doing this project. First is when people say learn to build a box don’t start with the biggest size box you can think of…then again I’ve never done things the easy way so why start now. I also learned that cheap Stanley saw horses weren’t meant for the weight load of those lockers…sadly the Stanley horses had to be put down after this project. And lastly the 5” casters are bit too big for these lockers and make it top heavy. Kind of too late now since they are bolted thru the bottom frame and the locker floor themselves. I may find a way to remedy that and attach some 4” casters because I dont need the weight load of the bigger casters anymore now that I’ve moved to a MUCH bigger shop space.

The lockers are now being outfitted with shelves and cubbies to store tools and accessories instead of a catch all storage solution.

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#1 posted 12-14-2019 12:58 AM

This is so cool—a great reuse for the lockers and really handy! Smart and efficient!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#2 posted 12-14-2019 04:10 PM

Thanks. A coworker of mine runs a maker space out in CO. He has a laser cutter for acrylic and is making me some black acrylic panels that will cover all the holes in the lockers. Now that I’m storing tools in them I want them as dust free as possible.

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#3 posted 12-15-2019 12:36 PM

Nicely done and it matches up so great with your other tool boxes.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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