The Hingmy - Power Tools & Woodworking

Adding Storage to your Garage
by Lorenz Prem on 01-26-2011 7:29 pm

The fastest way to add quality storage to yourgarage is an industrial shelving system. This type of shelving usesmodular interlocking parts to create very sturdy, yet economicalstorage space.

They are available in many grades starting with shelves intendedfor consumers and topping out at industrial shelves 50ft highsupporting tons of goods. The principles remain the same.

Install Shelving Units

Commercial shelving is particularly suited for a garageenvironment. It's not meant to look good; it'

Installing Drawer Fronts
by Lorenz Prem on 01-22-2011 10:34 pm

I recently finished the carcass for a row oflower storage cabinets in my woodshop. The carcass will hold 6columns of 3 drawers stacked on top of one another. The lowestdrawer is designed to store tool boxes. It is almost 18" high. Thefull extension drawer slides make excellent use of the dead spacein the cabinet. The user has easy access to the drawer's contentwhen the slides are fully extended. The middle drawer is 6" high.It will contain containers of screws, material, boxes. The upperdrawer is only 4" high. It will contain frequently used tools

Full length Storage Cabinet
by Lorenz Prem on 01-22-2011 10:10 pm

With all my woodworking equipment squared awayin the new cabinet wall my attention moved to the pile of autoparts, oil, and lawnmower parts. All of these parts are dirty,oily, and unpleasant. I do not want them anywhere near mywoodworking tools. Since I do have a woodshop, I decided to build afull height storage cabinet for just these parts.

The Design

A full height cabinet is no different from a normal cabinet. Theconstruction methods are the same. The full size cabinet is justtaller. It can be built by stacking two

Porter-Cable 560 Quik Jig Review
by Lorenz Prem on 01-21-2011 6:14 pm

I use a lot of pocket hole joinery in myprojects. Every face frame I build uses at least four pocket holes.Recently I decided to upgrade from my basic Kreg Jr. jig to apneumatic Kreg pocket hole machine. This has considerably sped upthe process. I could start a cabinet business, if cabinet buildingwas only about face frames.

Faster pocket holes

The latest new development in this area is the Porter-Cable 560Quik Jig, which aims to be a better pocket hole jig. I bought onefor the explicit purpose of writing

Upper Storage Cabinets
by Lorenz Prem on 01-20-2011 9:02 pm

It is true that one can never have enoughstorage in a shop. I decided to make a dent into the chaos that ismy shop and build storage cabinets.

The cabinets follow the same design as wall cabinets found inkitchens. In fact, these are kitchen cabinets. They are just asmuch practice for my upcoming kitchen remodel as they are anecessity.

The Design

The carcass is made from pre-finished 3/4" plywood. The faceframe and doors are paint-grade poplar.

My design dedicates the entire w

Rail and Stile Door Construction
by Lorenz Prem on 01-20-2011 8:47 pm

One way to create visually interesting highquality doors is rail and stile construction. The ease ofconstruction and high quality results of this method have made it afavorite in cabinet shops.

Required Tools

The tools needed to build such a door are a table saw todimension the stock, and a shaper to cut the appropriate profilesin each piece.

Besides a good blade for the table saw, you will need arail&style cutter for your shaper. A multitude of cutters withdifferent profiles are widely avail

Spaceballs for Floating Panels
by Lorenz Prem on 01-06-2011 7:08 pm

I recently discovered Spaceballs as a tool for aligning floating panels.Spaceballs, as the name implies, are small rubber balls that fillthe expansion gap around a panel. The panel compresses the ball.Since there are Spaceballs in the gaps all around the panel, thepanel is pushed into the center. Each ball compresses roughly thesame amount. The panel resting spot becomes the absolutecenter.

Panel expansion is still possible since the Spaceballs can becompressed further if they are subjected to a greater force

Installing Radio and TV antennas
by Lorenz Prem on 01-03-2011 8:07 pm

Indoor antenna often work well enough to receiveFM signals. AM signals and other types often require line of sight.To receive these signals at reasonable level an out door antenna isneeded. Lets take a look at what's needed to install one.

1) An antenna mast

Most antennas are designed to be installed on an antenna mast.Mast range in size from a pole a few feet long to atelecommunications mast measuring 10-30ft. Most homeowners will getby with a simple pole mast.

The ChannelMaster Super Mast wa

Garage Door Weather Stripping
by Lorenz Prem on 01-03-2011 7:56 pm

Garage doors do not create a weather tight sealon their own. Weather stripping needs to be installed andmaintained all around the door. Installation takes very little timeand provides returns in energy saved.


  • Hammer
  • Handsaw or miter saw
  • Utility knife


  • Weather stripping (sides + top)
  • Galvanized nails (roofing nails)
Built-in lockers in the Mudroom
by Lorenz Prem on 01-03-2011 7:50 pm

The mudroom, or entrance room, in your house isone of most useful rooms in your house. It is the space to storeyour outdoor clothes and shoes. A quality built-in locker does justthat. It keeps everything organized, and offers a place to sit andchange. The built-in look will also make an impression on visitorsas well.

The Design

The design of this project includes upper cabinets, a benchchest, a back, and two dividers. The upper cabinets are built justlike standard kitchen cabinets. You can look at other threads onHin

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