It has been over a month since I have had the time, opportunity, or energy to step into the shop. Life gets in the way in funny ways sometimes, but today I made it back and I even had a plan for what I wanted to work on. I will continue on with the tall case clock soon, but for now I am just happy to be making sawdust again.
I have a storage problem in the shop that I've been searching for a while to answer. You see my sandpaper storage looks like this:
Recently I had to buy a full 4x8 sheet of 1/2" plywood for only about 10" of it's width. I don't use plywood often in projects so I don't have a good storage solution for that either. That means I have spent a good amount of time moving it back and forth from one side of the shop to the other, yet again sighing and swearing. Well the one thing I have had time for on my shop sabbatical is thinking. Thinking and sketching and planing. I decided I would kill 2 storage solutions with one fell swoop. I would use up the plywood making a sandpaper storage center.
So I searched again for new ideas, I asked those who follow my on Twitter for ideas and I found several that were OK, but none that seemed right for me and my shop. A while back my wife and I went to a flea market and I saw an old tool box that was labeled as a blacksmith's tool box. It was completely enclosed with a slanted door. Inside there were several different partitions and this intrigued me at the time but I just filed it away in my mind but now it came to my mind again and I decided to use that idea.
Here are the pieces for the main carcass, I cut everything down to size using my trusty table saw, there was no point in dulling the hell out of my handsaws on plywood.