Friday, April 21, 2023

Folding Ziplock bag storage case

Ziplock bags are a great tool for storage as they are easy to use, versatile, and affordable. Here is how I made a storage rack for the workshop for small tools and parts.

The one cool feature is that it folds down into the door so everything tucks away neat and tidy.

Label the bags with the name of the item this will help you identify the contents of each bag easily

Using ziplock bags for storage is a convenient and efficient way to keep your belongings organized and protected.

To start I used some 3/8th inch Baltic birch, the dimensions are 6"x 15.5"  

I cut 7 slots in the lid to fit the length of the ziplock bags which is 5.5". I first tried on the table saw but the blade was to thick so the bandsaw worked fine but you have to take your time to make sure you get nice straight cuts. 



A block is glued on one end,  this will be for the hinges as well as a spacer for the ziplock bags to hang when the lid is closed.

Hinges can now be put on the block. 


    A lid prop was made on the table saw, I first laid down a piece of  wood and slowly raised the blade until I got the desired length for the  slot. I repeated this a couple time to make it wider for the screw that would slide in the slot. 

A hole was drilled in one end and that will act as a catch for the prop so it will lock in the open position. Here I rounded the ends,  I also used a round file and some sandpaper to clean everything up.

I attached a small block for the lid prop, a few holes were drilledZiplock bag storage
 so it could be screwed onto the door.

I will put the ziplock storage case inside the door of  my cabinet with wooden lock.                                              

The hinges are first screwed in the door then I had to find the best placement for the lid prop block to be screwed into the door. I found the right spot so when the lid was opened it was at 90 degrees and when closed the lid prop and lid closed neatly.


See also

   Tool caddy                                                                         Tool wall       


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Woodworking for Beginners

Woodworking for beginners

 Starting woodworking can be a fun and rewarding hobby or even a potential career. Here are some steps to get started:

  1. Learn the Basics: Research and study the basics of woodworking. Watch videos, read articles, and study the different types of woodworking tools and techniques.

  2. Choose Your Tools: You don't need to buy all the tools at once. Start with a few basic tools and add more as you progress. A circular saw, a jigsaw, a drill, and a sander are some essential tools to begin with.

  3. Find a Space: You need a space to work in that has good ventilation and adequate lighting. A garage, basement, or outdoor shed can be an ideal location.

  4. Start with Small Projects: Begin with small and simple projects like a birdhouse, a jewelry box, or a cutting board. This will help you develop your skills without becoming overwhelmed.

  5. Learn from Experts: Consider taking a woodworking class or workshop to learn from experts. They can provide guidance, tips, and techniques that can improve your skills.

  6. Practice Safety: Woodworking involves sharp tools and heavy machinery, so it's essential to practice safety measures to avoid injuries. Always wear protective gear like goggles, gloves, and earplugs and follow the manufacturer's instructions for each tool.

Remember, woodworking is a process that takes time and patience. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. As you practice and gain experience, you'll become more skilled and confident in your abilities.

10 tips for new woodworkers

  1. Choose the right type of wood for your project: Different woods have different properties, such as strength, durability, and appearance. Choose the type of wood that suits your project's requirements.

  2. Use sharp tools: Using sharp tools makes the job easier and produces better results. Dull tools can be dangerous and can damage the wood.

  3. Measure twice, cut once: Take accurate measurements and double-check them before cutting the wood. This will save you time and money by avoiding mistakes.

  4. Plan your cuts: Plan out your cuts before making them. This will ensure that you get the right shape and size of the wood.

  5. Sand carefully: Sanding is essential for a smooth finish. Use sandpaper with a fine grit and work your way up to coarser grits.

  6. Use clamps: Clamps are essential for holding the wood in place while you work on it. Use clamps to secure the wood to the workbench or table.

  7. Use safety equipment: Wear safety equipment such as eye protection, gloves, and a dust mask when working with wood.

  8. Practice good ergonomics: Use proper posture and body mechanics to avoid injuries and strains while working.

  9. Maintain your tools: Keep your tools clean and well-maintained to ensure they work properly and last longer.

  10. Practice patience: Woodworking is a slow and precise process. Be patient and take your time to get the best results.