I finished restacking and sorting out the lumber piles. Not a pleasant job, but it had to be done.
Now I decided to tackle the other wall.
My first task, was to remove the old cabinet next to the mitre, it was sagging, it was a combo of two old cabs, and the slides were cheap ones that were constantly malfunctioning under the weight of the drawers.
I needed to take off 6 inches width so I could move the entire wall of tools down to the right. I cannot open the entrance door all the way and it has become a headache if I need to move something and dont want to move everything to open the overhead door. And in the summer or winter months, opening the overhead doors is a problem, since it lets out all the heat or AC, and makes the garage/shop uncomfortable.
When I first designed that area, I went for just enough room for me to squeeze in and out door, not realizing what a problem it will become later on with heat and AC issues.
I also wanted to dump my craftsman red rolling tool box. It takes up space, simple as that. Its half empty, and if I get rid of that box, I can build a small stand for my jet lathe and keep it in an easily accessible spot, instead of having to move the TS, the dust collector, roll out the heavy table, eh, too much work for an old man like me.
So I made this cabinet like the rolling tool chest, basically to hold all my hand tools, pen supplies, and other assorted stuff I need to stash in drawers but keep nearby.
AFter this I will build a small outfeed table on wheels that will double as a small assembly table so I can get rid of the sawhorses and the old closet door.
Im going to move the mitre to the right 6 inchs and then move the machine table to the right so I can open the door all the way.
Im going to have a vent/tin man, make me exactly what I want for in back of the mitre(small hood with open bottom going into a 4 inch hose) so I get 95% dust collection back there.
Then, Ill be finished and can start working on my next big project(the upstairs bedroom)
as all the people here who have very limited space know, we just have to keep getting inventive? to make our lives easier and more productive woodworking wise.
I used the off color walnut for grips, various old pieces of birch ply for the cabinet, leftover 1/2 sheet of oak ply for the drawer fronts, and I purchased 3/4 particle board melanmine from someone locally, along with half a sheet cdx ply, and 8 2x4s for 20 bucks. I used the melamine for the top, as I will the other piece left for the outfeed table. Not sure how it will hold up, so I didnt make a edgeing yet for the sides of the top. I might have to change it out if it doesnt withstand me pounding on it.(I dont need fancy cabinets, I need drawers that open and store things)