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So I was scrolling through old photos, trying to organize pictures of my recent home renovation and stumbled upon this project that I forgot to post from last year. HA! I sometimes wonder how many of my projects DON'T make it to LJs just because I forget to take photos or simply don't have time to post them.

Anyhow, this project was born out of necessity. Last year, I had multiple students who wanted to make the same adirondack bench that I posted here for their final project. The original plans that I purchased from Rockler came with a set of cardboard templates that were folded up and shoved into a small cardboard box. Well after several uses, the students put a real hurting on the templates' edges, and some got ripped and one was even lost. I knew something had to be done so this is what I came up with.

I traced the cardboard templates and cut them out of a piece of 1/2" thick MDF board. once all pieces were cut, sanded, and labeled, I laid them out onto a 48"x 48" piece of plywood. After drilling strategic holes into each piece, I partially screwed some drywall screws into the sheet of plywood so they had a way to hang. After a few coats of leftover yellow paint from this project , I was able to trace out each template.

Before mounting it to the wall, I decided to add a secret compartment to keep the packet of plans so they would be out of sight(picture 3). I came up with the crude frame shown in picture 4, and used toggle bolts to mount it to the wall. The plywood was then easily mounted to the frame.

last 2 pictures are of some past students who completed this project too.

I love these kinds of organizational projects. A place for everything, and everything in its place!

Thanks for looking, and as always questions/comments/concerns/complaints are all welcome!

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That looks really comfy and well built. Great job buddy
 

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Mike that is great way to display all the templates and your students did a fine job following your instruction!! You can be real proud of them!!

cheers, Jim
 

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Thanks Hoss, once you get in that bench it is really hard to get back out of… especially when you have a cold one on the armrest!

Jim Thanks for the kind words, I always love when a student takes home a piece like these.
 

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Great organization idea and solution. Myself also like tidy and organized garage/workshop and tools/accessories/jigs.
 

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Thanks Ivan, I remember seeing your router bit storage and being very impressed.
 

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That is a careful layout of your parts. Not much waste and very efficient.
 

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Those adirondack chairs look very comfortable Tooch! I like how you reworked the templates and hung them up out of the way. Those students will never forget you!
 

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Now that's a perfect solution for future students to be able to share the plans. Must work great, their chairs look nice.
 

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Tooch, I am sure there will be lots of chairs made from this pattern. It is a superb job of organization and the students and parents should be aptly impressed when they enter the shop. Shoot, I am impressed just with the pictures. Carry on and keep up the good fight. Thanks for sharing.
 

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That looks great.
Where did you get your plans Id love to get my hands on a copy.
 

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What is the best way to protect the msg patters from high humidity. Can it be painted with a sealer without distorting the template?
 

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What is the best way to protect the msg patters from high humidity. Can it be painted with a sealer without distorting the template?
 

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Nathan I bought my plans from Rockler , that link should take you to the site .

Ray I never thought of protection from humidity, mostly because it is kept in a temperature controlled area. I suppose any sealer or top coat would work… the templates aren't that precise where a couple thousandths would throw off the project
 
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