Easy Woodworking Projects
-- For the OCD Converted
If you read Woodworking Tips: Cabinets we’re on the same page. If not here’s a
synopsis of the previous article.
A man and his neat freak wife co-existing in a garage. The man needs serious help with his messiness; one day a
light goes off and he becomes the OCD King of woodworking projects. With the building of three cabinets his
life changes forever, but he still only has a 6’ x3’ work bench.
Folding Work Bench for Added Space
The problem is space. After watching an old movie one day I realized that I could build a fairly strong folding
work bench with the use of some cheap hardware. I expanded out some plans for a cutting board I had and modified it
to be a 4’ x 3’ monstrosity. The glue took forever to dry, but the aesthetic effect was astounding.
So what do you do with a three foot long cutting board? By using some door hinges, I mounted one end of mine on
the wall. Using a latch commonly found on a screen door I was able to secure it to the wall relatively easy. For
legs I used a couple of door hinges and attached some 4x4 stock I had lying around. The result was a second bench
that I can use for a place to let glue dry or whatever. The beauty is that it folds right up with no effort,
allowing my wife to bring in the groceries.
Another project I really liked was for the kitchen. What started as a way to keep the mail off of the top of the
microwave turned into a three week R&D session with the entire family (in laws included) involved.
Everyone had a microwave in their life. By this I mean a place where mail gets tossed and forgotten about. The
problem we always had was that sometimes the important stuff gets tossed up there with the fliers and junk
What I did was build a nice 20” x 5” x 10” and added 5 upright 1” x 4” dividers so that we could easily slide
the bills in and be able to find them more easily. I mounted it by the back door; that didn’t work. I moved it to
the wall over the microwave; she’s not havin’ it. Finally I asked, “why won’t you use my cool little mail inbox?”
The reply floored me “Is that what that is?”
Dejected, I took down the box, and pulled out the wood burning kit I got as a child, but seldom used. A few
hours later I burned the word “MAIL” into my cool little box and put it back over the microwave; still nothing.
Remembering the cabinet, I pulled it down, stained it and sealed it all up with a nice polyurethane coat. We have
mail OVER the microwave now.
I suppose my OCD has gotten better since then, but the thing is it has led to adding a lot more organization
around the house, something that was desperately needed.
All of our shoes have shoe racks and a nice stair-step bench/shoe rack is by the back door for guests to
take of their clod-hoppers before they proceed past the linoleum.
Linoleum!? Eureka! A nice wood floor in the kitchen would be great……