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Shop Reorg – Chapter 1

Okay, here’s a photo of the shop as it stands now. Believe it or not, I tidied up before taking this. The new DC is in the foreground. The arrow points to the hose I have to step over every time i enter the shop. Not good. Plus I have to wheel it around to reach the bandsaw. The arrow toward the top of the photo points to the old cabinets back in the corner that are going bye-bye to make room for the DC back there. A run of 6″ duct from the DC, along the wall under the window will allow for branches to each machine.

Shop Before - DC hose

Shop Before - DC hose

Here’s a look at the old cabinets. Just salvaged from friends when they were remodeling. Think I paid $35 total for both. They’ve served well, but they’re sure ugly.

Old cabinets

Old cabinets

Since these are going away, I need to find a home for all the junk that’s in them. That’s where the new cabinet/DC stand comes in. The stand will be 45″ high with a 32″x35″ footprint. The DC will sit on top of it. Here’s my first draft of the front elevation:

Cabinet sketch 1

Cabinet sketch 1

it’s a 3/4″ ply carcase with a face frame. I didn’t like the look of this, with all the wide drawers on one side and the narrow on the other. So I played around with the design and settled on this:

Cabinet sketch 2

Cabinet sketch 2

The dimensions are hard to read in this one, but the bottom 3 tiers of drawers are in 5″ openings and the top drawer openings are 3″. I intend to use the full 34″ of interior depth for drawers, so they’ll be long. I even plan to leave the toe-kick area open so I can slide whatever under the cabinet. Pocket hole joinery should make building the carcase and face frame go quickly.

Craig Ruegsegger




 
 
 
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