Saturday, July 18, 2015

Letter opener and stand scroll saw pattern. Three designs.

There are three different designs in this pattern. The letter openers are 7 3/4" long. Each one has it's own stand. The stand leans back at 10 degrees and has finger holes to grab the letter opener. The stand is felt lined. 
The stand is made from two 1/2" thick wood blanks that are glued together after the cut out is complete. The base of the stand is 1" thick to give the stand stability.

The letter opener is cut from 3/8" wood. You could also use 1/4". I used power sanding to bring it to a nice sharp edge.

 
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I don't typically store much lumber in the shop. I prefer to let the lumber yard do the storage for me and just go buy what I need when I need it. Of course I have to keep some on hand to do quick projects.

The other night I heard a loud noise from the shop. I thought someone had drove through the over head door. When I slowly opened the door there was no wrecked car but there was a pile of wood on the floor. My miserly metal brackets that I have used to store lumber on for over 10 years finally gave way. I knew they were slowly starting to sag but I put off replacing them. Gravity eventually took over and down came all the lumber.

Like always I took a tour of YouTube to see what other woodworkers were doing to make their own lumber racks. I found what I wanted and scaled it down to meet my needs.     
I removed the cheap metal brackets and installed 2X4s with 5" screws into the studs. I used a level to get them straight.

The brackets are made form 2X4 and 1/2" Plywood. I cut the side part of the bracket from a 8"X8" square of plywood. Notice in the picture that I have the side bracket screwed to the support bracket so it will saddle the wall posts. I'm using square drive flat head screws to draw the parts tight.
 
I carefully slid the assembled brackets over the wall post and again leveled everything up. I screwed the side brackets into the wall posts with 3" flat head screws. I used two on each side but I may go back and add another screw just for a bit more insurance.  I didn't try to hang on them but I pulled pretty hard and they seem very sturdy. Time will tell but I don't think they are going to come down.
 
I loaded the lumber rack with my modest supply of boards. Obviously this system can be expanded to any size. For more support I could add a third rack between the two. I had to buy the 1/2" plywood. It was around $11 for a 2'X4' sheet. I used a little over half of it. I already had everything else so it was pretty cheap to replace the poor metal brackets I had.


  
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