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So as I've been building storage in the shop I have yet to put any kind of finish on well anything. I've built a few wall hung cabinets, a router table, a smaller drill cabinet, the outfeed table, a rolling cabinet that holds and stores the Kreg Foreman, the miter station, and rolling clamp cart. And then a few jogs like the crosscut sled and so on but haven't put nay finish on anything yet. Is this normal, personal choice, or otherwise not wise? I admit I'm not the best at putting a finish on anything that isn't for the formal part of the house but that's a two part thing. 1st I'm not all that thrilled about the finishing process and 2nd I'm not always sure it's really needed. On formal pieces I see the value in both finished look and protection plus it usually will bring out the characteristics of the wood itself such as grain and features. For the shop I'm not sure what I gain other than additional work. Can someone chime in on what is most appropriate? Am I just lazy or is it simply a personal choice? Are there real world advantages in putting finish on shop storage and jigs? As for the sliding jigs I do wax the runners and such as well as keep a good finish on my metal tables (table saw, band saw, jointer, planner, and so on)
Thought I would post this over here in the "SHOPS" section where I could "tag" it if someone else was looking for ideas. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been working on a Table Saw Storage unit for under the extension table and an outfeed table. I have combined the two so I can store the outfeed table out of the way when not needed. I can also use this as an assembly table. I used 2 motorcycle lifts to raise the cabinet off of the base to level it with the table saw. Since my floor is somewhat uneven, I went with 2 lifts so I could adjust for a slight slope (if needed) and for more stability. Here is the base with the two lifts and casters attached (not many PIP photos) Under the extension table in "storage" Showing 3 of the 6 drawers (sorry it is blurry) Showing the blade storage in the back In position as the outfeed table View of the lifts under the cabinet The entire cabinet is made out of MDF (scraps I had) and the base is from a failed project a few years ago. Projects like this help me use up some of the scraps that I have accumulating around the shop. Thanks for looking
As I have mentioned, I recently got a new router lift complete with table stand and fence. As with most of us, storage space is premium so I wanted to build storage under the table, between the legs. So, I took two plans that I like and have combined them to get what I want and to fit in the space that I have. It is a work in progress but here is my progress so far: Router Table Assembled, Router Mounted in Lift and whole unit set on a mobile base (note: I lowered the front lower brace to accommodate the storage cabinet) Base made to for the cabinet to set on (brings cabinet bottom up to top of front brace) Some of the parts cut out - ready to dados and rabberts Dry Fit Cabinet - I wanted to get exact dimensions for the upper drawers that will set on each side of the lift. Thank you for looking.
Here is the start of a shop storage project. I got the idea from a Woodsmith plan that had two stackable cabinets on them, then one day I say this plan on another site where instead of two cabinets, one cabinet with "L" sides. So, like in my normal fashion, neither plan works for what I wanted and where I wanted it, so I had to modify the dimensions and somewhat combine the 2 plans. Here are a couple of pictures showing the start: This one is showing the layout of the two sides - notice my "plans" on the paper next to the tape measure. Here are the two sides cut out. Next step - dados for the top, bottom, middle and fixed shelves (forgot to get those pictures last night) The upper part of the cabinet will be for router bit storage. The lower part will be for routers and misc. related items. Dimensions are 21" wide x 16" deep (bottom)/8" deep top) x 75" tall. Thank you for looking,