Part of the problem, or challenge, of getting a project done every day (or doing anything in the shop ever) is the dance. The hop, skip and jump of winding your way around all the offcuts, jigs, scrap that too nice to trash, and trash that just doesn’t get out the door.
So, in my quest to move forward to having actual floor space, and plenty of covered storage for tools and materials, I’ve stepped away from the lathe, took some plywood and got started on some BIG storage boxes. Boxes that will actually serve as doors for one of my lumber racks. Tons of storage, and set up to keep the dust off. – a far cry from my old shops where everything was stashed on open shelves behind and above the miter saw, under the lathe and in every nook and cranny I could reach (and some that I couldn’t.)
Just under 7′ tall. with access from the two inside faces. 2′ deep shelves on the bottom, shallow area for clamps above, and 16″ deep shelves on the inside face. Still need to add a couple more shelves once I work out the interior layout. (I’m kinda making this up on the fly)
One big box deserves another! Started on the storage portion of the second door. All to be accessed from the inside face, with space for longer clamps on the inside edge. (still to do). I’m going to further subdivide the upper shelves with removable dividers to help organize my smaller turning stock.
Speaking of turning… it’s back to the lathe. I needed a plug for a bolt hole in a newell post. yeah I could have picked one up at the big box store on the drive in to work tomorrow… or I could chuck a small piece of oak and turn one (in about the same amount of time it would have taken me to walk through the store)… and while I had the oak, I thought the rest of it wanted to be a nice little mallet. I could have used one like this this morning. The bottom two were turned from (I think) a piece of firewood, that I saved for it’s nice grain. The top turning looks like oak. It came from an old pallet. (for a while I thought it was ash, and started to go for a baseball bat in miniature.) Might be a good muddler for an old fashioned (or any other drink with whisky or something that spent time in oak barrels.) Anyhow, it was fun to make a couple of tools for the shop or kitchen after spending some time breaking down so much plywood into shelving.