Storage solutions

I have been looking for additional storage for a while, and came across the Kobalt cabinets in Masters.

Despite being an in-house brand, they seemed pretty good on a number of fronts. Doors were heavy, cupboard depth was generous, and they looked good (and without fake boilerplate).

Still, I ummed and ahhed a bit, and decided to measure the available space, and sleep on it- at $300 for a full cabinet and $170 for a wall mounted one, I wanted to think about it more.

On the way home, stopped for petrol from a Woolworths station, and got a voucher on the receipt for 15% off at Masters. Then, while having a look online, discovered they were now on special- $169 and $149. Hoping they would still have stock, and that I would be able to use the discount voucher as well, I headed on down, and sure enough, got the cabinets I wanted at a really good price.

While doing the very straight-forward assembly, I discovered something else- solid design, and a well thought out assembly method, with understandable instructions.

Screws were preinserted in holes, ready for the final tightening after inserting into the relevant keyhole. That made assembly particularly easy, and quick.

After a bit of a shed rearrangement, I now have this shed setup:


Now I just have to figure out what goes where!

As you can see, the bar fridge got relocated as well, and the Walko workbench set up a bit better as well.


Splitting the Atom

Thought we might as well start the year with a bang 🙂

Ok, so I doubt any atoms got split, but the cabinet did get cleaved in twain.

Storage End

Storage End

Thought I had a better photo of the original cabinet than this.  I may do somewhere in the photo library….

Anyway, as I mentioned, I decided it would be much better if the cupboard was cut in two, and then wall mounted.  I don’t have a tablesaw with a blade large enough for the job, nor a bandsaw, and it was too large to cut the top and bottom on the saw.  I could have taken a chainsaw to it, but I wanted something left, and I hate hand held circular saws at the best of times.

So, with extra infeed and outfeed support, and the tablesaw fence set to the required distance (about 380mm) I ran the cuboard through the saw, rotated it 180 degrees, then through again, then flipped it over, rinsed and repeated.

Next, I took a jigsaw (probably the only use it will get all year) and cut through the top and bottom.

Splitting the Atom....uh....the Cabinet

Splitting the Atom....uh....the Cabinet

Once the centre section was free and extracted, I had 2 cabinets ready for hanging.

Removing Centre Divider

Removing Centre Divider

Finally, and a bit rushed, they were then mounted to the walls, the shelves put back in, and the doors rehung.

New Storage Cabinets

New Storage Cabinets

I might do a bit more of a cleanup of the job, will reevaluate it shortly, but as a first pass, think this is a much more usable design.  More storage planned!

I want to make a cabinet specifically for my HNT Gordon planes, Colen Clenton Square, and Chris Vesper tools, but will hopefully be making a cabinet that is more suited to the quality of the tools therein.

Update – It didn’t take me long to decide, but I was not happy with how cleanly the cupboard was split, so I ended up taking the whole thing off the wall again, and took it apart completely (it was held together with glue and screws), and ran every panel back through the tablesaw before reassembling and remounting.  I am much happier with the result, despite the extra work it took.

Minor Reorganisation

Still working on the shed layout, and there is still more to go.  It takes some time to optimise just how everything is going to work together, and my plans are still changing on a daily basis – each change suggests another.

Ages back, I spoke of the current iteration approaching Shed 2.0, but in fact it is actually 3.0 – I forgot to mention that I started out in a 3m x 3m shed, and in there I had a lathe, Triton WC2000 and Triton router table all set up!  No idea how I did it – I must have been a Tetris Master! (and a contortionist).

So that brings me back to the current Tetris game.  The space is so much bigger than the 3×3, but the problems have compounded at the same rate.  Now, I’m not starting down this line to say I need more – we all need more, but I do want to get the space working as well as I can.  So……

Tool Section

Tool Section

Looks messy, and it is to a certain extent with moving stuff around.

Most notable changes here – the ‘workbench’ in the right hand side is gone, and the sanders that were there have been moved into the left-hand corner.  The jointer/planer has now shuffled along to take up that space, and the drill press has crept out of its corner and back into a more central location.  If I want to use the jointer for longer boards, I can simply drop the drill press table down below the height of the jointer, and then will have a reasonable infeed and outfeed area.

Last night, this view changed again (temporarily) with an unexpected new arrival:

TruPro Dust Extractor

TruPro Dust Extractor

From Woodworking Warehouse

Very cool, 2HP, 60kg, 1 micron filtering through the catridge filter.  If you look in the background of the photos, you can see that it is SO needed.  The 1HP GMC I had for the fixed dust system was not cutting the mustard (as I expected), but I’ve been struggling with what to upgrade to, and that is now academic. WHEW.  Time to suck dust again 🙂

I was thinking of leaving it in this corner (looks good with the cartridge filter), and one of my reasons for moving the previous collector into the other shed was the microfine dust (and the reason I bought that air cleaner, which I cleaned the other day – has been doing a good job by the look of the filter!)  However, the other reason was the noise, and when I fired this puppy up last night, I immediately planned its relocation!  Not that it runs particularly noiser than any other dust extractor, but simply having a motor that is twice the size of the old one, and the significantly increased airflow means I’d rather it in a separate room (and my shed’s piping already is set up for that anyway).  Just have to work out a remote start for it, and I’ll be laughing. (Oh, after I solve my ongoing shed power issues that is: I know this motor is rated as 2HP, but it pulled enough current to trip my shed’s circuit breaker (and the shed is rather dark at midnight!!) Damn it! 🙂 )

Back to the shed re-sort.

Storage End

Storage End

This is the current view in the other direction, but it will be changing again real soon.

I’ve moved the large wooden cabinet (from an old issue of the (now ex) Triton Times) (Check out the 2002 issue for the plans)  This moved it out of the way of the thicknesser/planer infeed, and I’ll use that space for a small sharpening station.

The large rolling cabinet has had some additions onto its side, but I had a brainwave this morning, so this is also temporary.

Woodpecker Layout Tools

Woodpecker Layout Tools

This was a nice display of the Woodpeckers Layout tools (from Professional Woodworkers Supplies), but I’ve gone and come up with an alternate use of that now, so I’m going to have to move this display/storage.

As you can see from the earlier image, this large cabinet juts out into the shed a lot, and to be able to access both sides of the cabinet, I’ve had to have it side on to the wall, so I then end up loosing more wall space to allow for the door openings.  I kept thinking I should have it turned 90 degrees, and put stuff that can be stored long term in the back, which would mean rolling the cabinet out to access them.  Neither is a good option.

Enter the tablesaw.  My idea is – if I rip the cabinet in half, then it could become 2 side-by-side cupboards, and all my issues with it would be solved!  I love it when a plan comes together.

Why does everything I have to move weigh over 60kg?

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