Well, finally I’ve been able to do some woodwork that didn’t fall into the category of construction, drywall, paint, etc. and it feels real good! I mentioned the difficulty of placing the machinery in the new shop which is compounded by having a post right in the center of the space and the sliding table on the SawStop. Needed to plan how most of my work is sized in order to place the saw, although it has a mobile base once the sliding table is attached it’s pretty difficult to move. There are two main things needed to get the shop up and running after placing the machinery. The first was an assembly table plus a small table that will serve as the stand for my carving chisel chest. The assembly table is designed to serve as an outfield table for the tablesaw as well. Here’s the completed table and stand. As you can see, things aren’t quite finalized in the carving area. The bench is the one I made for our Scottsdale adventure, the window still needs a wooden sill, and as for the assembly bench/out feed table I need to extend the sawdust collection duct from the saw for easier access. Bar clamps are always a hassle to store so that table is designed so they are underneath adding weight and stability plus keeping them out of the way but easily accessible.
Now that’s accomplished the second major item is building a storage area that will be a combination of shelving and drawers. This will be located in the entry/alcove area on the wall opposite the carving area you see in the picture above. My original thoughts was to make the table out of 8/4 Poplar but Peterman Lumber here in Phoenix had some 12′ lengths of 8/4 Pine that had a price I couldn’t resist! Also used 3/4″, Clear Kote Baltic Birch ply for the table tops and eventual shelving. The slick surface of the Birch ply made it tricky to hold securely while screwing the top to the table apron, you’ll see how I solved that problem in the slideshow. Working with my planes, chisels, and tools after such a long time away from them was such a great feeling — here’s a slide show to illustrate the process used to make those tables.
I spent much of today finding a way to organize and hang my tools. I know many prefer to build a chest to house their planes, saws, chisels, etc. but I’ve always liked a simple system of hanging them from a board with pegs. In my previous shops that board was mounted directly above the workbench but now that I have windows it’s off to one side. I’ll share that as well as building the storage areas in my next blog. Alder and Birch ply will be used for that and OMG: biscuits, glue, screws, and nails!!!