I'm Jim and I'm new here. Very new. First posting new!
I'm retired and keen to get back into woodworking. I recently bought a house in Warrnambool that has a decent sized shed, so here we go.
I've carried quite a few hand tools and a couple of small power tools with me from place to place over my years of Navy service and subsequent private rentals. I've probably lived at 20 addresses in the past 40 years. That's not a situation to be building up a workshop, although much respect to those who do.
This series of posts (if that's how this site works, I'm not sure if this would be better as a 'discussion' or a 'gallery' post) will detail the construction and fitting out of the tool wall.
It starts with getting some plywood fixed to the timber cross-pieces on one half of the back wall of my shed. This is 19mm plywood, what the Cousins would call 3/4". I seem to recall, when I was learning this stuff from my late dad, that we would size it simply by the number of layers or laminations. Thus we had (iirc) 9-ply, 5-ply and 3-ply. If 3-ply was 1/4" it makes sense that 9-ply was 3/4". I suppose 1/2" got short-changed to keep an odd number of laminations and so keep the grain on the outer faces in the same direction.
Anyhoo! One thing that has changed is that a full sheet of 9-ply/3/4"/19mm plywood is approximately 37 times as heavy and awkward to handle as it was in the days of my youth. And 137 times as expensive!
I have a few webbing ratchet tie-downs so I rigged two of them and, singing a sea shanty to myself, heaved away and/or hauled away.
Thus we get to the first photograph.
This has become far too long so I shall follow it up in the next few days with progress reports of different tool mounts.
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Alrighty then. Seconds out, round two.
Behold the glory that is the plier, side-cutter, and related tools rack. And temporary tape holder.
This isn't a great solution for tapes because of the lack of access and will be re-visited soon.
Those are genuine hand sawn and chiseled through-dado joints, but they're 'loose as a goose' not 'snug as a bug' because I'm many years out of practice.
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G'day @JustJim. Great to meet you and a very big welcome to Workshop. I reckon you will fit right in around here as we have many very keen woodworkers in the community. I'm sure you'll get back into the swing of things in no time and hopefully get plenty of helpful tips, information and inspiration from fellow Workshop members.
I'm looking forward to watching the progress of this project and encourage you to also hit the Start a discussion button whenever you need a hand with anything.
All the best,
I got an early start this morning, usually shed time is in the arvo.
I had put together a mount for measuring and laying out tools last night and left it so the superglued magnets could set properly.
This morning I gave it a quick coat of 50/50 boiled linseed oil and turps. The entire tool wall and the plier rack had also got that treatment earlier.
Anyhoo, here's some photos, taken with a decent camera this time. I might try Workshop's option of smaller photos. Please let me know what you think.
Congrats on the transition to permanence! I too am appalled at the price of plywood, just another reason to curse the yanks while watching YouTube, when their entire economy is subsidised by cheap war oil. For the same reason, I can forgive the Canadians...
Pallets. You can get some very decent ply (as well as some absolute crud) from them. Another option down your way is shipping crates - I have a mate that has access to half sheets of 'waste' marine ply through the port in Portland. The fun comes in trying to match the thickness over a larger area, as I’m currently engaged in with my shed.
How's the tool wall looking now @JustJim?
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A very warm welcome to Workshop. It's great to have you join us. Going by your first posts, it looks like you've got a lot of knowledge and experience to share. We look forward to reading about all your projects and plans. Feel free to post whenever you need a hand or have something to share.
Good to have you back on Workshop @JustJim. Glad to see that you're back in the shed.
It would be great if you could give us an update on your tool wall when you get a chance.