WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop".

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Blog series by Dick, & Barb Cain updated 915 days ago 17 parts 43530 reads 290 comments total

Part 1: Trying my best to get back in my shop !!

2727 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 21 comments »

I’ve been spending to much time on my PC. So I’m kicking my butt out to my shop, & see what I can get accomplished.

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Part 2: My report on yesterdays excursion to my shop.

2726 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 19 comments »

Once I got out there, I shook off the shakes immediately. I commenced to install my new Triton router into my router table. I had to cut a new opening in my table for a larger router plate. It took me awhile, because I had lay the new plate into position, & scribe a line with a sharp knife. Then clamp down some guide boards in order to rout out the new opening. I ended up with a perfect fit. After fastening the router to the new plate, I dropped it into the table. Then I ran a test wi...

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Part 3: I'm changing my tune about my pin router

2723 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 9 comments »

Remember yesterday, I was thinking about getting rid of that big old Stanley Pin Router. After looking at what it can be used for, I’ve changed my mind. I dug out this big chunk of Birch sawed from a stump. (A logger was kind enough to leave it there after cutting it.) In about 2 hours I flattened the thing out, pretty handy hey.For all the years I’ve had this machine, my only thought of for using this was pin routing. I’m now going to make fence setup, so I can drill mortis...

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Part 4: Making a Rustic Clock

2699 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 10 comments »

On #3 of this series I flattened out a slice from a Birch stump. I went on & completed the job today. I also added it to My Projects.The size is about 25” x 20’ x 2 1/2” , & it weighs about 20 pounds. I made the motor cavity larger to lighten it up a little. _The other day I routed out the backside for the clock motor. I checked out the motor installation. Carved some numbers on the face. I carved a Maple leaf for the pendulum weight. I hung the clock...

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Part 5: Slatwall storage system, homemade, switching from Pegboard.

1960 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 7 comments »

I started on this shop building project shortly after I retired. I’d like to show you what I’ve accomplished so far. My garage measures 20 X 24 feet, & I wanted to partition out a shop area.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In order to have a shop 8 feet wide, I had to resize my garage door from 12’ to 9 ‘ Notice the car hiding under a warm blanket of snow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This...

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Part 6: Revamping my Dust Collector ductwork

2833 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 7 comments »

I just put this into this series to tie things together, but it’s not in the proper order, so bare with me.. Hi,Today, 6/21/2007, I changed the name on this blog, so members could find it easier. Things sure get haphazard, & messed up when you by a new piece of equipment, especially when you’re cramped for space. I bought a new planer about a year ago, & I’ve been in a tangle ever since. The first thing I had to do was rearrange all my power tools. After tha...

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Part 7: Things to do 12/04/2006

2819 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 5 comments »

This one is also out of the order intended, but I’d like to keep these things together. I still haven’t completed the workshop reorganization project. There seems to be so many distractions that sidetrack me. I recently made a combination shield, & dust hood for my lathe. I looked at a lot of them that you can purchase, but I opted to design my own to fit my own lathe better. It slides under my lathe bed. I guess you can put this into “Getting workshop organ...

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Part 8: Slatwall storage system, Homemade, paneled walls are done now.

1932 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 36 comments »

This is a continuation of #5 in this series.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have the slat wall paneling completed. Now how am I going to arrange my tools? I bought the material at Lowes. It’s 5/16” X 3 1/2” X 8’ 14 Sq ft. in a package. Other big box stores handle similar products. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the last wall, I ripped my boards in half to 1 5/8”. I like it better this way. There...

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Part 9: Installing Oak Parquet flooring.

1918 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 16 comments »

One of the main reasons I put the new slatwall system in my shop, was because my Son brought me some Parquet flooring he had salvaged from his job. He couldn’t see throwing it in a dumpster, so he brought it to his “Dumpster Dad”. I couldn’t put down a fancy floor without doing something to the rest of the shop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I laid some out to see what it would look like. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...

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Part 10: I had to make some parquet tiles yesterday.

1913 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 9 comments »

I misjudged the amount of tiles I had, so I manufactured some more yesterday. I guess I miscounted the bundles I had made up. I couldn’t find any to buy, so I made some. I made about 60 more tiles.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is the area I have left to do in one corner of the main shop area. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here’s some views of the tiles I made. I used some Black Ash instead of Oak, bu...

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Part 11: Today, I laid the tiles I made

1911 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 11 comments »

I glued down the tiles that I had made. I’ll have to wait a few days before I can stain them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Part 12: Today, I renovated my dust collector canister shaker

1895 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 21 comments »

I told you what happened to me the other day about my sawdust storm. You can check out my forum topic about this. Whenever I had to operate the cleanup flappers, I had to climb a ladder. It was really awkward. Besides that I could only turn the lever a little over 180 degrees, because it is located in a corner. So I put my thinking cap on, & jerry-rigged a cranking mechanism. I dug around in all of my stash of junk, & found just what I needed. The pulleys, ...

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Part 13: Using steel rebar for a lumber rack, and Expanding my shop.

1756 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 15 comments »

I’ve been way to crowded in my shop, especially since I went from a radial arm saw to a table saw. A radial arm saw works fine in a narrow shop, because it’s against the wall Plus adding a thickness planer. I haven’t use the automobile side of my garage for years now. About all its been used for is to accumulate things.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a rough sketch of my floor plan. I plan to keep the partition down the cent...

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Part 14: Vaulted ceiling, and Skylight

1754 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 18 comments »

My garage has only a 7’ ceiling, so I pulled out the ceiling joists, & added 2 X 4s with 9” plywood gussets to the rafters to accommodate 9” R-30 insulation. I did this in my existing shop about 18 years ago. Doing this took out about 2” of sag in the old rafters.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I had a small bubble type skylight leftover from the other shop that I hadn’t used, so I installed it in this ceiling. For such a smal...

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Part 15: Installing a new window.

1754 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 19 comments »

I was going to cover over this window, I decided some extra natural light would be nice. Thanks again to Barb on taking most of these pictures.

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Part 16: Finishing the window with shingles.

1743 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 11 comments »

We finally got some decent weather, so I rushed out, put some shingles around the window. I couldn’t salvage enough old shingles for the job, but it didn’t turn out too bad. The new ones will gradually blend in while aging. Photos by Barb!

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915 days ago by Dick, & Barb Cain | 56 comments »

This is my Birthday Gift. I’m presently in the process of building a bench for it. I’ll be posting it when it’s completed I had to get this new lathe, because I have some larger wood from a Black Walnut I had to have taken down in our yard. I’d like to make some larger things with the wood. I couldn’t let it go to the chipper! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Addendum: I dwelled on wether to buy a new lath...

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