All posts filed under: My shop

Window Seat Bookcase: Getting Underway

With each project I create, I like to add either an upgrade to my workshop or a new tool to my collection. The workshop upgrade associated with the window seat bookcase has already been implemented; before any lumber was cut. I have been needing additional lighting in my workshop for a long, long time. I finally made up my mind to add some new light fixtures and reposition an existing one. Much of last week was devoted to this project. The wiring was very basic – I ran a line from an existing light fixture and from then on it was as simple as connecting white lead to white lead; black to black and connect the ground. Pretty simple, or so I thought. As soon as I turned on the circuit breaker, it tripped. After checking my connections, I got the same result. A local company was running ads on TV talking about how frequently electrical fires happen. I took this as a sign and called in an electrician to find my mistake (a significant …

Designing my next project

Inspiration? I turn to a photo filled book on Shaker furniture for design ideas. As the first phase of my crown molding project comes to a close (it officially has a first and second phase), I have been thinking more and more about my next project. Right now, I envision making a Shaker inspired tall storage cabinet. It will house some of the junk that is often in the background of my project photos (example here). As a matter of a fact, I am considering devoting the balance of the year to upgrading my shop furniture: a new router table, a better place for my powered miter saw, and even some base cabinets for a secondary work area. I have a couple of books dedicated to Shaker furniture. To help get some creative juices flowing I first turned to Illustrated Guide to Shaker Furniture by Robert F.W. Meader. It has 235 illustrations of Shaker furniture and a whole section devoted to case pieces. Some Shaker furniture is really cool and then some really isn’t (click …

Beth’s built-in: some new shop helpers

I have a goal with each new project to do something to upgrade my shop. For my last project, I made a couple of jigs and bought two six foot pipe clamps. With my current project, the built-in cabinet I am making for my daughter’s bathroom, I need to find a place for it to reside while I continue to build it. Right now, it rests on my workbench which isn’t ideal for two reasons: first, I am once again relegated to using my table saw as a workbench and second, standing it upright helps me better visualize what it will look like when completed. These sawhorses were designed by Christian Becksvoort. Now building anything that Mr. Becksvoort has designed would be a honored addition to my shop, even if it is just sawhorses. Becksvoort’s article suggests that a shop should have a set of three sawhorse designs, one set which is one foot tall, another that is two feet and still a third which is three feet and adjustable to be even taller. He …