Shop appliances…attempts to decrease entropy

Before moving on to the next “real” projects I needed to de-clutter my shop space. I rent a small area in a larger shop, so I have to pick up after myself at the end of the day and condense my gear back into a small footprint each day. Toward making that easier, I put together a storage unit to store some toolboxes, my larger clamps, and some jigs. It now rests at one end of my bench, with enough space around it to avoid collisions with the planes or saws when I’m using the face vise.

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I’ll post some pictures and instructions for the toolboxes in the next few days.

The storage unit was constructed over a few hours, using off-the-shelf softwood boards sized 3/4″ x 12″ x 6 feet. The shelves sit in dadoes that were cut by hand, then fixed with screws. The bins they form were sized to accommodate the jigs and tool-boxes, and the top (after giving it a subtle curved profile) was cut with grooves to accept the clamps.

I used a story stick to lay out the distances from the bottom of the panels to each shelf bottom, (done on each inside edge of both panels). The two marks were then connected with a marking knife, to form the bottom margin of each dado, before sawing.
I used a story stick to lay out the distances from the bottom of the panels to each shelf bottom, (done on each inside edge of both panels). The two marks were then connected with a marking knife, to form the bottom margin of each dado, before sawing.

The set-up to determine the location of the top margin of each dado, using the future shelf as a reference for the width of the dado.
The set-up to determine the location of the top margin of each dado, using the future shelf as a reference for the width of the dado.

Close-up view of how I positioned the fence.
Close-up view of how I positioned the fence.

The results were perfect.  Patience, careful set-up and a steady hand won the day. None of the 8 dadoes needed to be adjusted or finessed to fit the shelves tightly but smoothly.  After this the depth of the dadoes was achieved using a chisel and a router plane set to 1/4 inch depth.
The results were perfect. Patience, careful set-up and a steady hand won the day. None of the 8 dadoes needed to be adjusted or finessed to fit the shelves tightly but smoothly.
After this the depth of the dadoes was achieved using a chisel and a router plane set to 1/4 inch depth.
The feet were painted to help protect them from moisture; after they were painted I realized it would look a bit better if the top matched as well. 

The storage unit looks pretty good, fits my gear well, and keeps things out of the way. Setting up and breaking down my work-space is now much faster than it used to be.

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Shop appliances…attempts to decrease entropy

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