I’m trying to figure out what I want to build next. I’d thought I was going to make some rough shelving for my shop, but I’ve begun to second-guess my ideas there, so putting that on hold for a while.
As of this morning (and I’m indecisive enough right now that as of this afternoon things could change) I’m mulling over three possibilities.
1., A 6-Board Chest. Perhaps one I customize the storage inside a bit, and make something that can store the wife’s knitting materials, keeping it safe from the cat.
2., A traditional sawbench. In hopes that it will save me from some of the dread I feel every time I’m faced with a long rip cut that needs done.
3., Another step-stool, this time in a different style. I could use my recently completed stool in my shop, and another around the house – hopefully saving me from further scoldings from the better half when I put things on shelves higher than she can reach. The Shaker Step Stool is quite stable and useful, but I find myself reaching for something to hold on to while stepping up on it. This other style includes a high back that is intended just for that purpose.
If I go with a 6-Board Chest I can see myself purchasing a rabbet plane – add that to both the Pro- and the Con- column on that choice (I’d have to purchase a new tool / I’d get to purchase a new tool). I’m not at all positive I have the lumber I need right now to make it, so I’d need to overcome that hurdle also.
The Traditional Sawbench would be a very good thing to have. Probably the most responsible thing to do next. I think it would require a trip to the big-box store for the lumber.
I’m pretty sure I have everything I need to make the step-stool; I probably have enough Cherry to do it in that, even. No needed trips to the store(s) for materials means that nothing stands in the way of getting started on it, making this project the narrow front-runner at the moment.