Well business takes me away from my shop for the winter, so I'm left with planning my next project or two for when I get home. The silver lining is I've left the winter of Indiana behind for 4 months of Florida! [emoji267]☀️️[emoji108]
I've attached a couple pictures of my last two projects. I build boxes that horse people can store their equipment in. They're very simple next to most of the other projects I see here, but I've enjoyed making them, and hopefully the work will earn enough money to buy some more powerful tools! And I can make them without a jointer! I'll give you one guess as to what tool will be strongly considered to be my first big purchase!
Picture 1 is of a light weight version with lowes birch plywood faces and pine trim. Pictures 2 & 3 are of a heavier duty one with the same birch plywood, but oak trim and a sliding tray insert.
I have a stack of rough cut maple from a tree that fell at my parents' house that I'm planning to use as trim for the next few I make. I've been using GF gel stain, and had very good luck matching the stain between the birch plywood and oak trim.
My first question is: will the maple be as easy to match to the way the birch takes the stain, or should I consider finding some maple veneered plywood? 4x8 Birch plywood costs $48 at lowes, while maple is $110 at the closest lumber yard.
My last two boxes were very slightly out of square once I assembled them. I built them on a table made out of a 3/4" sheet of MDF laid across two saw horses. I blame at least most of the crookedness on not having a flat surface for assembly. I'm thinking I need to build some sort of flat assembly table. If I'm going to do that, I might as well take the time to make it a multifunction out feed table for my little jobsite table saw, with a wing for a router insert. I've had to shuffle the table saw, the router table and worktable back and forth for all of my projects, so i think if I can combine all three parts to share the same space more efficiently, my life will be WAY easier.
I'm embarrassed to admit how much cleanup is going to have to happen to make room for the table. My shop is on my in-law's property, and it has been accumulating stuff for much longer than I've been around. The good news is it's not a shared space, and I can do whatever I want to it!
So here's the revised order:
2) Assembly table
3) Back to work on the profitable items
Somewhere in there I hope to upgrade my dust collection from a shop vac with a dust deputy to a more dedicated system.
Anyway, I'm still two and a half months from being able to get back to it, but it'll give me plenty of time to learn sketchup and plan things out better than I've done in the past!
I'll post pictures as I go, and I apologize to and thank you all for the questions and answers that I'm sure will crop up along the way!
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