All posts tagged: workshop

Building The Paneled Wall

With my tool cabinet completed, my next project has been finish the paneled wall to the right of the cabinet. The tool cabinet and the paneled wall are step two in a long-term project to hide all the stuff (junk, furnace, water heater) that has traditionally been a part of the photos of the items I make. Part three of this project will be to get rid of the rickety handrail which is void of any spindles. In its place will be a better handrail system to include spindles making the stairs more safe and better looking. Building the new paneled wall involves mostly trim carpentry work and I had to come up with a way to make this small section of wall removable. We keep our luggage in this area and there are more items stored on the opposite side, so being able to easily get them the few times we travel means a removable wall. The most challenging part of this process will be getting accurate angled cuts. But, after thinking on what …

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 …

New Tool Cabinet: Making the Web Frames

Does this ever happen to you? You have some down time coming up and a vague plan begins to form in your mind that some woodworking could happen? I do this every time a holiday comes along. This was true recently when I contemplated the days leading up to Christmas. For me, work slows down at this time. I sell killer carpets and rugs but when the Christmas tree goes up, new orders for flooring declines. Who wants their house disturbed after all the decorations are in place? And so, my day job becomes less hetic; I travel less, meaning that I am home more (where my workshop is). But, whenever I think this way, more woodworking almost never happens. It is like this thinking actually puts bad karma on my goal to get some woodworking done. I jinx it. Plus, Christmas time is full of extra events: shopping, parties, family time, a colonoscopy. It was not until after Christmas that I got some meaningful shop time. I had planned for the tool cabinet build …