If you give a woodworker a table saw, he realizes new vistas awakening in his craft. If you give him a table saw, he’d like a sweet router table. If he makes that router table, he’d need a bench to store his other bench-top tools. If he has a stand for his bench-top tools, he’d want storage for their accessories…..
Category Archives: Storage
Recyclart.org is a site dedicating to showing off recycled and salvaged projects from readers around the world. If you’ve followed WodoshopCowboy for a while, you know I make the most of the Houston ReUse Warehouse’s offerings. Here’s another shot at how my boys and I used louvered shutters and fence posts to create some pretty sweet little coffee tables last semester. Check it out there or at the original post here...
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Since I moved into my new digs in April, my shop has undergone a number of changes. I blogged about the move-in and of course I went and changed it immediately.
First, a couple bright spots. Not long after I unloaded everything I realized two very important things about home ownership. One, you can put holes in whichever wall you want, where ever you want, when you want. Two, it’s expensive. But not these lights. Remember to buy the bulbs and make sure you wire’m up according to fire code. I’m a midnight rider now.
My new bench looks a bit beaten in today, but it works great for three months of use. I made some terrible looking mortise-and-tenon joints at each leg, but 3/4″ pegs have kept it tight and square. The top is very light – only one sheet of 3/4″ oak ply – so I used 1″ pine strips as reinforcement. My cheap vise completes the look. I never really meant to build this bench. I mean to build a Roubo handtool bench before next summer. I mean to build my wife a Craftsmen-style bench. I mean to do a lot of things. Which means I’ll have this bench for the next ten years…
Last, but most importantly, new storage for lumber. I don’t make a lot of things (at least compared to retired guys and professionals) and what I do make tends to be salvaged lumber. I needed a small place to store lumber for two or three months worth of projects at a time. Something mobile, something easily organized, something limited. I’ve always admired the one at work, so I built my own. You can find plans for a similar cart here.
Make it safe & keep the rubber side down this weekend.
A gift for my wife on her birthday – a simple container for turnips, onions and other such veggies.
If I haven’t made clear prior to this post, I have space issues at work. I hold wood-shop classes in the great outdoors, rain or shine (ok, just shine), cold or hot. Morning and afternoon. I’ve been looking for a storage solution for the many “wood-centric” tools that end up in the outdoor space but away from the our tool storage trailer.
My solution looks something like this:
It’s not a pretty thing, but the design has a long gestation. Chris Schwarz has been promoting his conversion to hand tools for years now – and he finally documents the slow spiral in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”. He’s got a book, I guess I have this blog. Either way, I decided on a 24″ by 18″ by 18″ dovetailed box. The moldings and bottoms were nailed and glued on, while the top has a split piano hinge as it’s method of movement. Most of the dovetails and dadoes are splined for strength (because I can’t cut a tight dovetail) and I used a L-N low angle block plan to get the pins and tails even. I only used power tools for milling the wood.
Let’s take a trip inside. First, a tool tray with a small selection of hammers, nail sets, wrenches, etc.
Make it safe & keep the rubber side down.