Here is my spin on charlieb's thread:
I was cleaning up the gara... er.. shop Sunday afternoon and I kept
looking at a few nice pieces of spalted sycamore I'd picked up pretty
cheap a couple of weeks ago, trying to decide what they were going to
become. :-) Since SWMBO is something of a minimalist when it comes to
furnishings and accessories, and is constantly reminding me that she
doesn't need any more "dust collectors" in the house, I was thinking in
terms of something useful for the shop.
I finally decided there was enough wood there for a small tool organizer
of some sort, maybe even partly inspired by charlieb's wall hanging
cabinet. I knew mine would have to be smaller due to the quantity of
material available, and freestanding, due to a lack of wall space. I sat
there for about an hour, just looking at the boards and thinking, then I
commenced cutting and gluing.
Making a few deviations from the plan in my head as I went along, I was
pretty satisfied with the results when I was done. Now all I had to do
was figure out where to put the thing. I looked at the three drawer
chest I had made a few months ago, and was thinking that the organizer
seemed about the right size to sit right on top of it. I got out the
tape measure, and wouldn't you know that with no forethought whatsoever,
I had made both pieces exactly 24" wide!
Now just putting the organizer on top of the chest (which was taking up
a good bit of space on my bench already) wouldn't work because it would
block other stuff hanging on the wall. Again, a flash of lightning, and
it occurred to me that if the whole thing was on wheels I could tuck it
away when not in use, roll it over to whatever part of the shop I was
working in, and free up some bench space.
Here is the finished product:
A little synthesisity maybe, but mostly dumb luck.