The barrier has to do with the fact that my "shop" is actually our home office. Any mess I make in there must be instantly cleaned up, and when I'm done, all woodworking materials must be put away.
This is much different than the way I usually work. Even when I'm being good in my home shop and keeping everything neat and tidy, I leave my project on my bench, and my tools go in my easily accessible tool chest.
Here, it's a bit different. When I'm done, cleaning sawdust isn't too bad because I pretty much sweep after every operation. Tools, however, can not be left out here. They go to the bottom of a bin in a cabinet.
This isn't the worst thing in the world, but I find that getting 15 or 20 minutes of work in isn't so attractive an option of my spare time when half of that is preparing and tearing down my workspace.
I think I can solve these issues with a couple of projects to do soon, such as a sawbench and a Dutch tool chest. Mostly, though, it is just a matter of changing my work routine and making these processes more efficient.
Enough excuses, let's get on to my build:
Some of you may have been wondering in my last couple of posts on this build what I meant by using a tiny piece of fiber board as a bench.
Well, the answer is that more than anything, it is used as a stop to allow me to work on the floor. The spacer board lets me plane to the end of the board, using the wall as a stop, without my plane bumping into the wall stopping the cut.
|Edge jointing with my new "bench."|
|Not the most comfortable, but it works.|
Notice that I am just resting the board on the ground. Nothing is holding it up straight. I wanted to try this build without any clamps, but I think if I had one to help steady this board to edge joint, it would be easier. I feel like I really have to balance things to get it right. The trick is just to go very slow.
|Two boards edge jointed.|
|This panel will eventually be the lid to the box.|
Well, with my stopping board, this is also possible.
The next issue I had was shooting the end grain square. My new shop is so new, I don't even have a proper shooting board. I have some ideas of one to make that would work on the floor, but I want to get on with this build. Here's what I came up with:
|Shooting end grain.|
This means that one has to be careful, and plane to the line I have scribed that hopefully was square when I laid it out.
|Here you can see I am getting close. I am planing very close to the line I marked across the width.|
I tried out this method, which seems to work. I used my dining chair which we are using for an office chair at the moment as a traditional saw bench. The only major difference being I have a Japanese saw, which is only a little more awkward in this situation.
|Cross cutting with a kitchen chair.|
It's not a bad idea to triple-check that there is plenty of clearance before sawing this way.
|Please don't cut into our new kitchen chair!|
|Here are the parts to my school box.|