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Thread: A major minor adjustment

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan

    A major minor adjustment

    Couple of years ago I had slapped a little room together in the shop for the Mrs to store her craft stuff. Well she got a lot of it moved into the spare room she's using as 'her' shop. The room in my shop was approximately 6'x10', and being as she no longer needed all that room, I got to do a little rearranging .
    First up was tearing down the walls...
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    Then once I got the remaining storage items all packed onto some shelving, I used the 2x4's & osb to create some doors...
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    Next was to add some wheels I had lying around to each of the three doors, and dadoed out an upper & lower track...
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    and wah-la...sliding doors, hillbilly style
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    Which now allows me enough room to rip 8'rs on both the table saw & the radial arm saw.
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    Still have a bunch to do yet, re-position the outlet and switch, re-hang a couple of ceiling florescent lights etc. etc.
    The new storage is about 2'x8' so I gained quite a bit, or at least enough for now The mini joiner/TS & the band-saw are on wheels, so when she needs access, it shouldn't be a problem.....Me so happy!

  2. #2
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Those are some darned clever doors Ken. That gives me an idea for a storage system that could use that same basic idea...
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  3. #3
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Those hillbilly sliding doors are pretty slick.
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  4. #4
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Pretty ingenious there Ken
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Nice gain of space Ken those sliders will do the job, good job on them. Any way to gain extra shop space is a good thing

  6. #6
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Nice job, Ken!
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  7. #7
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Man, opens the space up nicely, a little elbow room is good. Very nice job on the doors, ingenious!

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    You got a good missus and she is on your side. Great story and even better doors. Nothing hillbilly about them.

    I think you should make a article and send them to a few of the magazines for tips. You may just win one of the tips of the month contests they have and then be published and who knows what you will get. I think thats an ingenius design for doors and use for some wheels.

    Hey add pegboard to one of them on the outside and you can get some more hanging space. Thinking of those blades you got hanging.

    Kudos to you Ken. Send them in.....Wood Magazine, Shop Notes, even Fine Woodworking and American Woodworker. Go for it.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Thanks guys, I've got a couple of doors under two of my benches that swing open, always a pain with me laying things up against them, thinking they'll all get the treatment
    Last edited by Ken Cook; 07-13-2012 at 04:31 PM.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Its beautiful. The one endearing feature of doors on shop cabinets is that they look so good closed . Seriously Ken, that came out great!
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