Storage bench for shop

November 10, 2008


New Storage for the shop
Originally uploaded by Backwash Bob

The July 2008 issue of American Woodworker (#136) featured an article on low-cost shop storage where the author built a six-foot long, two-feet deep, storage cabinet using scrap plywood and a couple of board feet of pine.

The plans call for using those tough plastic bins that restaurants use when bussing tables. You can vary the cleats to store up to 20 of these plastic bins. I opted for 18, spacing the outside bins with a little more space between them for taller objects. I already had a piece of formica countertop to use for the top so I saved on some plywood.

Shaker-style Round Stands

November 10, 2008


Round Tables
Uploaded by Backwash Bob

These stands are replicas of those made by the Shakers in the first half of the 19th century when the Shaker sect was at its peak. They were used to furnish the retiring rooms of the Shaker’s communal dwellings, which often housed 100 or more people. These stands require about seven board feet of lumber each.

UPDATE: These tables were donated to a local group for an auction with the proceeds going to the cause. You never know how a group will respond to pieces like these. One group would love them. Others may not be that crazy about the Shaker Style. These tables went for $50/ea. That was quite a steal but in the end, the organization benefited.

UPDATE: I received an email from the Thos. Moser company the other day. Apparently, TM builds and sells the same style of stands – BUT – for a bit more than $50. Check it out.

Deck Skirting

November 10, 2008


Deck Under-skirting
Cell Phone photo by Backwash Bob

This is a sample of the under-skirting I am building for our deck. Using reclaimed mahogany from the paneling we saved from our renovation, I am building 2×4 foot framed screens. The paneling is planed down to 5/8 inch; I used a 3/4 dado stack on a radial arm saw to cut 5/16 deep dados across the planks; I rip the planks down to 3/4 inch wide pieces then glue them into a grid. We plan on staining and sealing the screens to match the decking. I will suspend the screens from the bottom-edge of the deck fascia board, leaving 2-3 inches of space around and between the frames. This will give the appearance of floating panels as well as prevent the screens from touching the ground. Although the properties of the mahogany make it a great outdoor wood, keeping it off of the ground will prolong it’s life.