Sometimes you’ve just got to build something…..


If you’re like me, and have limited time in the workshop, working on a large scale project like the wall unit I’m building at the moment can get a bit frustrating.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m loving the challenge of hand building a large unit, dovetailing drawers and solving the multitude of problems that can occur when building large carcasses from solid timber, but when you only have maybe one day a week to fully devote to the project, the the finish line can seem a long way off and all those other smallish jobs that you need to get done get pushed further and further back.

So with a week off the day job I decided to have a hiatus from the wall unit and tackle a couple of small jobs that I could start and, hopefully finish in seven days.

The first small job was a much needed reorganization of the workshop and a bit of a re-jig
In the way I kept my tools.
I’ve been reading a bit of Christopher Schwartz’s blog at Lost art Press where he discusses that with 50 tools you can build just about anything, and taking a leaf out of his book, decided to build a tool chest / cabinet.
Now if you’re anything like me, you have a lot of tools to play with so my first task was to work out which ones I use all the time, which ones I use some of the time, and which ones I have no idea why I have!
The sorting now done, I now laid them all out on the bench and started planning. I decided to build a wall cabinet, rather than a chest because I have more free wall space rather than floor space and, well, my backs not getting any younger either!
I’m fortunate to have a large supply of timber in hand so the plan was to build the unit entirely from off cuts and leftover timber from other projects..
Anyway, to cut a long story short, the finished cabinet shown below took four days to complete and has made life in the workshop a whole lot easier.
If tool storage is a problem in your workshop I’d highly recommend that you make your own cabinet of tool chest. If you do, please send me a photo and I’ll post it on the site

That’s all for now, as usual your questions and comments are appreciated

Cheers
Bryan

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