The Woodshop Shed

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Shop Cabinet

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Shop CabinetI made this out of poplar, with a maple top. I wanted more storage plus another work surface. It was all done by hand and all solid wood except for the plywood drawer bottoms.It was good practice cutting half-blind dovetails and fitting drawers. By the end of this I was pretty happy with how my joints on my drawers came out.I'm also pretty new to making frame and panel pieces. Both sides, the bottom, and the two doors gave me pretty good practice on those. I thought I had gotten the doors pretty good, but I've got a little twist in one of them. I also hadn't hung doors before this. They were looking pretty good before I painted, but after I took them off to paint and put them back on, they weren't hanging quite right. I'll probably take them off one more time and do a little tweaking to see if I can get them just right. Part of it seems to be that the screws I got don't want to seat completely in the hinges. They look like they might be hitting each other and keeping the hinges from closing all the way.Overall, I'm pretty happy with how this came out. I feel like I got some good experience making it, learned some new techniques, and got some confidence to tackle something a little fancier next. Plus, I've got more storage space in my garage now! I'll probably make some little boxes and trays for small tools so I can keep things in the cabinet and just pull out a tray and take it to the bench when I need things.



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Key Note

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Key NoteKey Note Key Board Key Holder.
Real 1940s piano keys and hammers set in English Oak Themed on Mini Moog reference to the infamous Gary Numan.
For all the Muso's synth lovers here's a place to hang your keys
The Key Board…



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Hardwood floor inlays - Walnut in Oak

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Hardwood floor inlays - Walnut in OakWe decided to convert the dining room floor to hardwood.I asked my wife “Do you want inlays to match the kitchen floor?” “Of course!” was the reply.When I asked my flooring guy if he wanted to do them or should I he said “You do it, my knees don't want to”Here are the steps:Make a template and lay out the designLocate the templateI used a template guide on my router so the template openings are larger than the inlayCut the pattern and move the templateFlip the template to cut the other. Note the “length adjustment” for the long slot and how I place a nail so the hole lands under the inlayCut mating halfUse the short slot in the template to cut connecting groove. Get ready to cut sharp cornersFinish the cornersCut a bunch of walnut sticks that are a tight fit in widthTrim to exact length, add glue and tap into placeRepeat until finishedProject took about 20-25 hours



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