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Planning For My Moravian Workbench

After taking a short break from woodworking, mostly so I can get my yard in some sort of presentable shape (and I’m not finished with the yard, more work to do, sigh), I am starting to seriously think about my next project, a new workbench. In typical fashion, I have been on a super slow shop renovation that will mostly conclude with this new workbench. Past shop updates include a new router table and a new miter saw stand both from 2013, a removable panelled shop wall which serves as a backdrop for my woodworking photos completed in the Spring of 2014, and then the recently completed tool cabinet. Other projects have been completed (like this one and this one) as this series of shop updates have come to fruition which has impacted by shop upgrade schedule. Finally though, this project is at hand. I say “finally” because I first announced my desire for a new bench in 2014; see the post here and the follow-up post here. In these two posts, I discuss Roubo and Nicholson bench designs. But …

New Tool Cabinet: Eleven Drawers Completed!

I knew making eleven drawers for my tool cabinet would be a long process. And making all of them inset drawers would add a level of complexity absent with overlay drawers. One thing I did not count on is the paralyzing anxiety I felt when it came time to process the curly maple from long, slightly warped boards into smaller, flat drawer fronts without tear-out. Drawer fronts which fit within their drawer openings with perfect gaps on all four sides. And that is the truth: I was stressing over ruining my prized curly maple. This lead to at least a two-week break from any meaningful woodworking. But, I did move forward and here is where we pick up the story… Firstly, let’s review the basic construction of each drawer… I used dowels to join the 1/2″ thick oak sides to 3/4″ pine drawer fronts and backs. Then, the curly maple drawer faces are added using the process below… The hardware I am using is from House of Antique Hardware and I selected three items: bronze …

My Next Woodworking Project: The Tool Cabinet

Even though I still have some significant construction to complete on the window seat bookcase, I have been spending more time thinking about my next project. I think my brain is fried on the bookcase – it has taken so long to build and all that. Anyway, my next project will be a new tool cabinet for my workshop, and I can’t wait to get started on it. This tool cabinet will be the second part of a big renovation for the area below my basement stairs and will also include some upgrades to the stair case. The goal here is provide better storage for my tools as well as to create a more enjoyable working environment. The first phase of construction was to hide the unsightly furnace and water heater from view. I accomplished this by creating a removable wall; removable so that maintenance can be performed on the furnace. A removable wall required some engineering and additional constructions steps; more so than with a permanent wall (see the construction process for the removable …