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DarthKermit

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  #2098344 28-Sep-2018 18:45
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Ok, I've finally got a big DIY project underway I've wanted to do for years. I'm a DIY nut, I'll happily admit. I have a hell of a lot of tools in my man cave and they've never been very well organised.

 

I've started going to the local MenzShed. They have some awesome machinery there, including a saw bench that can cut quite large pieces. I'm building some very sturdy drawers out of 10 mm hardboard and plywood.

 

Here's the first drawer I built, installed under my work bench. The inside space between the two sides is 600 mm and each drawer is 575 mm wide and 530 mm deep. Each drawer is a custom height to allow for the highest item that will go in the drawer. This allows for the maximum number of drawers I'll be able to install in the approx vertical metre of space under the bench:

 

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I made a mistake with my measurements and will have to make another front for this drawer.

 

 

 

Here's the drawer pulled out (I got double 500 mm drawer runners so each drawer can be pulled out to almost its complete depth). This first drawer contains screwdrivers and screwdriver bits. There was a little space left over on the right so I installed a divider and made a space for my small collection of networking tools. Space permitting, I plan to have up to two logical categories of tools in a drawer:

 

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I might install a divider to separate the little stubby screwdrivers from bigger ones. We'll see... laughing

 

 

 

Here's drawer number two. This one contains all my drill bits (except for masonry bits), drill extensions and hole saws:

 

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The clear plastic box at the back contains all my loose drill bits organised by diameter.

 

 

 

I installed dividers to separate different things. I installed a strap that sits under these tools to make it easy to remove them from the narrow space they occupy. This drawer with all the tools contained in it weighs around 20 kgs. The drawer runners I've bought have a 45 kg weight rating:

 

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The next drawer down will be for spanners, vice grips, shifting spanners.


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  #2100891 3-Oct-2018 16:50
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DarthKermit:

Ok, I've finally got a big DIY project underway I've wanted to do for years. I'm a DIY nut, I'll happily admit. I have a hell of a lot of tools in my man cave and they've never been very well organised.


I've started going to the local MenzShed. They.....

 


Here's the drawer pulled out (I got double 500 mm drawer runners so each drawer can be pulled out to almost its complete depth). Th full size" width="200">


 


The next drawer down will be for spanners, vice grips, shifting spanners.



I did wide drawers similar in arolling cabinet for the lathe tools at menz shed. Love being able to pull at tools at hand instead of roaming the shed grabbing things.

Nice job

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Thanks nunz!

 

Here's more pics of what I've got done:

 

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My drill bits and everything else to do with drilling holes drawer. This drawer is 90 mm tall. I've made drawer fronts from some lovely recycled rimu I scored.

 

 

 

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My collection of spanners, vice grips, etc. The right side of the drawer contains everything to do with cutting.

 

 

 

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The next drawer down to be installed. This one will contain all my large masonry bits (the left partition). Small masonry bits (middle partition, at the back). Cold chisels (middle partition at the front). I'll install an extra partition to separate the small masonry bits and cold chisels.

 

The right side partition will contain my collection of hammers (two claw hammers, a club hammer and a ball pien hammer).

 

I've got the drawer propped up to hold it at the correct height, to attach it to the runners.

 

 

 

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Instead of having printed labels describing each drawer's contents, I came up with the idea of using symbols. Here I have the end of a screwdriver and a network plug on the first drawer. An old drill bit. An old spanner and a piece of a knife blade.

 

The next drawer down has a small piece of concrete to represent the masonry bits and cold chisels plus half of a hammer head (that was a fun job cutting that in half I can tell you!).

 

I have an interesting collection of items I'm going to use as symbols for the remaining drawers to come. smile


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An update on my drawers project.

 

I now have five of them installed, along with their symbols. The 5th drawer contains my woodworking tools. I need an old chisel to cut out a symbol for my chisel collection.

 

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Instead of handles on my drawers, I've installed a 32 mm flat steel washer in the centre of each drawer front.

 

 

 

I've rigged up the handle in this picture to pull the drawers out using a powerful neodymium magnet:

 

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More drawers to come: plumbing + measuring, metal work, electrical, safety equipment, and a few more. smile


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  #2111348 20-Oct-2018 10:50
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DarthKermit:

 

An update on my drawers project.

 

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I've rigged up the handle in this picture to pull the drawers out using a powerful neodymium magnet:

 

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and in so doing ran me smack bang into the difference between men and women.

 

Woman: Why use a magnet? Why dont you just use handles?

 

Man: coz we can

 

Woman: but what if you lose the handle?

 

Man: We can rebuild it, bigger, stronger, faster, [queue steve austin music]

 

Woman: but that's a waste of time ... why dont you just use handles?

 

Man: Coz it's fun...

 

goto line 1:

 

 

 

Here is one of my favourite wood working videos on you tube. I've set it at part way through so you can see the quality of the work when he closes the drawers.

 

https://youtu.be/NVZXYh_b-34?list=PL0EE69A1875DE0619&t=68

 

 

 

It's part of this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVZXYh_b-34&index=6&list=PL0EE69A1875DE0619

 

 


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  #2111367 20-Oct-2018 12:36
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Nice work from that guy. But he needs more neodymium magnets methinks. tongue-out


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  #2113176 24-Oct-2018 11:52
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nunz:

 

Here is one of my favourite wood working videos on you tube. I've set it at part way through so you can see the quality of the work when he closes the drawers.

 

 

Are those drawers popping out due to air pressure?





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  #2113199 24-Oct-2018 13:26
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heres a loft bed I made for my son 2 weekends ago

 

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I still have a headboard/bookcase end thing to make for it, the mattress is about 40cm short, so good headrest/bookcase size.


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  #2114010 25-Oct-2018 18:25
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I am moving to a place with small bathroom.  It's currently wet floor with shower oiin one corner and a gigantic '70s corner vanity with long benchtops in the other on same wall side.

 

 

 

Next door is the loo.

 

Next door other side is a hallway cupboard - linen cupboard I guess.

 

 

 

What would you do?
Not crazy about loos in bathrooms.

 


I thought perhaps extend into the cupboard?
Or move loo to cupboard and extend into area where loo was? That loo door is in line with lounge so thats a thought...get rid of that door,(bathroom in corner of L shaped hall)

 

cupboard on the other wall, not viewable by anything

 

 


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  #2114131 25-Oct-2018 22:50
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Drawers update:

 

  • Seven fully installed now.
  • Another three built, waiting to be installed.
  • Two partly built.
  • Enough materials to build three more if needed.
  • Two more pairs of runners waiting to be installed. My local Bunnings is out of stock now.

As luck would have it, I can install ten under my bench with no wasted space.

 

The remaining two have to be installed in a new partition to the right of the existing one. There will be tonnes of space below these two for any additional drawers I decide to build. Once I've got all my tools in, I might do a drawer or two for parts like fasteners.


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  #2114234 26-Oct-2018 08:25
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MikeAqua:

nunz:


Here is one of my favourite wood working videos on you tube. I've set it at part way through so you can see the quality of the work when he closes the drawers.



Are those drawers popping out due to air pressure?



Yup. His work is that precise. Imagine being so good you have to break it to make it work..eg drill air holes

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  #2114238 26-Oct-2018 08:31
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pctek:

I am moving to a place with small bathroom.  It's currently wet floor with shower oiin one corner and a gigantic '70s corner vanity with long benchtops in the other on same wall side.


 


Next door is the loo.


Next door other side is a hallway cupboard - linen cupboard I guess.


 


What would you do?
Not crazy about loos in bathrooms.



I thought perhaps extend into the cupboard?
Or move loo to cupboard and extend into area where loo was? That loo door is in line with lounge so thats a thought...get rid of that door,(bathroom in corner of L shaped hall)


cupboard on the other wall, not viewable by anything


 



Moving the loo is huge work with all the plumbing and possible consents

Why not kill the vanity? Smaller corner basin, clever shelving including possible near ceiling shelves. Go vertical for storage. Also The cup board becomes space for cubby type storage.
If the floor is a wet floor replace any hard shower walls with a rail and curtin so the shower floor is part of your 'work space'

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  #2114239 26-Oct-2018 08:41
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heres a pallet wood counter top i made, sitting on the drawers I made.

 

 

 

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This turned out really well, the toolshed thicknesser broke after I finished (I ran 2 pallets through it, then the locking handle broke).  Have to get a dewalt one, but thats on the to buy list.


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heres the fitted wardrobe I made for the master bedroom.  This took me a better part of a month.  The worst part were the drawers, having to get them aligned up perfectly side by side.. Ive always just done set of drawers by themselves so that didnt matter.  Turned out good in the end.

 

 

 

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  #2114281 26-Oct-2018 10:17
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@reven - super impressed with your MBR wardrobe! I use pocket holes a lot too (even though all the serious youtube wordworkers look down on them).

 

I'm sort-of thicknesser shopping too (i.e. looking at what I cannot afford). I've gone off a Dewalt though in favour of something that comes with a spiral or helical cutter head out of the box. Seems to be *much* more straightforward to set and some benefits when using.


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