The $20 (Or Not) Storage Closet Door Post 1: Cost of supplies

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Progress Posts

Have you ever read The $64 Tomato by William Alexander?  Great book if you are a gardener, and as I was buying the supplies to get started in woodworking, it reminded me of this book.  Alexander started adding up what he spent to produce the one tomato he got out of his garden and figured it cost him $64 for that tomato.  Well this storage closet door cost me $177.

I’ve always wanted to build stuff, but I took Home Ec in school and not shop.  I already knew everything they taught in home ec since I had been in 4-H learning to sew and cook for years before I walked into that classroom.  But that all changed after I ran across Ana White at Knock Off Wood.  This amazing lady puts plans out there that you just know you can build, and she cheers you on the whole way.

I decided to dive into the world of building with the closet storage doors.  I figured it was safe, since they would be on the inside of the closet when I was done.  Turns out that was a wise decision.  There’s a learning curve for Pink Toes apparently.

Ana doesn’t require a lot of expensive stuff to get going, but the littler stuff adds up.  I also decided to invest in a Kreg Jig (I talk about what this is here).  I was able to use everything but the wood and paint in the leaning wall shelves I made, so although this looks expensive for a closet door, the cost trickles down into future projects:

  • $90 Kreg jig
  • $20 clamps, Irwin Quick Grip 6″ light duty (2 pack)
  • $2 Elmer carpenter glue
  • $3 Kreg jig screws
  • $26 primer & paint, Olympic no VOC (Lowes)
  • $5 two castors
  • $19 whitewood 1x6x8 boards (3)
  • $5 whitewood 1x2x8 boards (2)
  • $3 wood filler
  • $4 sand paper

We already had the orange handled clamps.  Doesn’t look like much for $177, does it?  But have you ever compared a store bought tomato to one you’ve grown yourself?  Home grown is the hands down winner–I won’t even buy a store bought tomato anymore.  I’ve discovered that building is kind of like growing your own tomatoes.  The end result makes the cost and the toil worth it.  Besides, I like the work that goes into gardening, and I’m finding that to be true with woodworking as well.

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