Friday, January 16, 2015

Slot Wall Tool Holders

  I know that I said I wasn't going to obsess about about organizing as one of my New Year's Resolutions.  However, since it is cold and windy outside my attention has turned to the inside of our house and the woodworking shop.  For the coming week I am away on holiday but hope to return with recharged batteries and high ambitions, and the ambitions sure as heck aren't going to be played out in the unheated garage or in the snow covered yard.

  One place that is going to get attention is our laundry room.


  Those shelves went up in April 2013 and are now filled to bursting.  It is time to cull and manage that space.

 Another area that can always use attention is my workshop. To that end I have a video to share that features a tool cabinet and a very good, and flexible storage method.

  A slot wall is very similar to a 'french cleat' type hanging system but by using aluminium strapping it can take up less space.  The cabinet design isn't really new, but I do like aluminium clips that he designed. 


* chaos is not a theory, it is the reality of my life.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hands Free Bench Stop

  It is not often that I make something I see on the net exactly as it appears.  This time however I think I've made a version that is true to the video inspiration.

My stop uses a thirty six inch KREG Mini Track, upside down; 

    and a couple of pieces of broom handle drilled to receive long bolts.

  I ground the round heads of my bolts to slide into the track and used locking nuts on the other end to hold the dowels in position. My plan is to use this stop both in dog holes and clamped onto my bench, that is why I am okay with it being as long as it is.

  In this case I really wasn't anything that I felt needed to be modified to suit my situation so I just followed the Woodsmith Tip.  If you use hand planes a stop like this is very useful.

 cheers, Ian W