Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Northern California
Hello from Chuck in No California
Most of my career I was a sales guy selling to the electronics industry in Northern California. In 2002 when my customers moved to China I retired and moved north of Sacramento where I watch my grandkids grow and sell advertising specialties.
As time moves on things change and the internet has certainly changed the scope of the selling game. For the past couple of years I've been thinking about how I can present more actual products on a sales call.
For the last three or four months I've been working on what I call an "idea-cart" using what minimal woodworking equipment and skills I have. The cart measures 42 inches high, 24 inches wide, and 12 inches deep which you see in the picture.
The wood is 1/4 and 1/2 inch Birch ply for the carcass and dividers. The boxes are 5.2 MM Luan ply. It's about a 50/50 between using hand tools and power tools. Using techniques my high school woodworking teacher taught me I can still cut a straight line with a sharp hand saw so all of the long cuts I've made that way, then finished with an old Stanley Block Plane to even out the rough spots.
I have a 1980 vintage Craftsman 10 inch table saw that scares the heck out of me that works ok for the short cuts. I built a cross-cut sled from some plans I downloaded from the internet and it's accurate on every other day for some reason. I originally cut the dados with a stacked dado set on the table saw but I couldn't see what I was doing, so I switched to another antique, my 1960s vintage radial arm saw. While that was easier to use it still caused me grief because the saw had been used as a shelf for many years and the table was not flat any more.
I finally resorted to using a router I'd purchased many moons ago, and that in itself was a big learning curve, but I managed after several attempts to be able to cut dados that are acceptable for my skill level and are adequate for this project.
I've been lurking this site for about a year and those who have posted before me have given me the tools to make this thing fly because there have been many anxious moments. Thanks guys and gals for the help.
Here's a picture of how the project looks at this point.