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Blog series by DIYaholic updated 07-22-2014 01:51 AM 34 parts 68511 reads 496 comments total

Part 1: The Motivationally Challenged issues a demand!!!

01-04-2012 12:11 AM by DIYaholic | 5 comments »

My first Blog! For those that haven’t noticed, I don’t have any pictures (or even a description) of my shop. There is a perfectly good reason for that. I DON’T HAVE A SHOP YET!!! For that, I don’t have a good reason. I can rationalize all day long as to why, life is busy, what with work and everything and my friends are always asking for help with their handyman projects. But the truth is it is my fault (see, I can be responsible; responsible for everything that goe...

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Part 2: Nice Rack, If I do say so myself!!!

01-28-2012 06:52 AM by DIYaholic | 9 comments »

Has it really been 3 weeks since I last “blogged” or “bloggided” or is it just plain “BLABBING”? I’ll go with blabbing! I have made progress, which is surprising considering the amount of napping, web surfing & procratination I was able to get in.Let’s see if I am technologically skilled enough to get some pictures up here! Dag nab it!!! I said picture not pitcher! Here are a few “Before” pictures of my current Dunge...

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Part 3: Temporary Insanity (maybe permanent)!!!

01-29-2012 11:21 PM by DIYaholic | 4 comments »

When I awoke yestermorrow, a busy day in the basement Dungeon awaited me. A full day of drudgery was ahead of me. It was time to do a “preliminary setup” of my basement shop. I have to say, until the shop is properly equipt & set up; It will drive me INSANE! Before After Before After Before After Here is the closet that will house my 2HP HF DC, air compressor, wall mounted shop vac and other stuff as time will dictate. This temporary setup will allow me...

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Part 4: An addition to the family: AKA Tool Gloat

02-08-2012 08:24 AM by DIYaholic | 1 comment »

No real progress to speak of. Instead of eliminating clutter, I added to it! I was checking CL the other day and spotted an add for a $265.00 HD Gift Card for $140.00!!! Yup, $125.00 of FREE money. I combined the (free) $125.00 with $80.00 of real money of my own and purchased…........... I’ve been eyeing this sander for a couple of weeks. JACKPOT!!! And Damn, It looks great next to it’s BIG brother! Now that I have a “workable” shop, it’s time...

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Part 5: A Herc-U-Lean Effort & 3/4's Done!

02-12-2012 09:48 PM by DIYaholic | 4 comments »

I HAVE made some progress in my fight against airborne contaminants. The 3/4” ply that I’m building my air cleaner out of has all been cut to size. I have to say, I don’t enjoy the process of cutting sheet goods down to size. I don’t have a panel saw station, no sliding tablesaw, not even a track saw. Yeah, full sheets won’t get into my basement without putting up a fight, it wasn’t a knife fight but it did involve a “blade”. I put the ply in it...

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Part 6: Act like a Kid & throw out your back!

02-16-2012 03:36 AM by DIYaholic | 17 comments »

I felt like a kid today! We went around to the properties we maintain and played “Pick Up Sticks”! What a good time that was. Oh, did you know that sticks are actually made of WOOD? Here in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, there is no snow on the ground. Which means I ain’t plowing! Very short work weeks, maybe 10-15 hours a week! Yee Haa! So we took this opportunity to get some brownie points with our customers, that and the Boss Man wanted me to do some actual work, as I A...

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Part 7: Breathing easier, as I save the world!!! (UPDATE! 2/26/13)

03-04-2012 11:39 PM by DIYaholic | 21 comments »

UPDATE: 2/26/13Install pictures in POST # 21Additional Filter relocation info/pictures in BLOG # 21, of this series! Greetings All, Welcome to my WORKSHOP! I CAN say that now, as I am able to work in it. I haven’t really made progress toward organization or efficiency, which makes the work I do do that much more difficult (hee hee, I said do do, in my best Butthead voice ). In my previous two blog entries, I had cut the 3/4” ply for my air cleaner (A. C.) & relocated ...

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Part 8: The First Cut is the Deepest.....

07-29-2012 03:46 AM by DIYaholic | 19 comments »

It has been a while since I have updated my shop progress, that’s because there was NO progress. Besides me being a top notch procrastinator, I also have a job that drains all of my energy, both physically & mentally (although not much to drain there!). I also had some budgetary issues to deal with. I really needed to get into my shop and be productive out of FEAR! I was afraid of being ostracized by my “buddies” and being kicked out of the “Stumpy Nubs Hotel...

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Part 9: Nothing "new", just GLOATING!!!

10-21-2012 03:44 AM by DIYaholic | 10 comments »

Have I mentioned my proficiency at procratination? My “shop” is still a disorganized amalgamation of stuff. The tools and machines are strewn about. I have to move twenty things to get to an item I need. I then need to move each and every one of them all over again, to get to the next task at hand. Of course, this affords many opportunities to change direction and find even more ways to procrastinate. However, this post is NOT about that. Given the quagmire, that is my shop, I ...

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Part 10: New Shop Additions: Or Why I had to do something!!!

11-05-2012 01:06 AM by DIYaholic | 9 comments »

I ended up at that big blue store today and bought something blue & orange! The CMT 8” stacked dado set was on clearance and the Irwin-Marples 10” 50T Combo blade gets a thumbs up from JL’er knotScott, so I bought them. With these additions to the shop, I was forced to accomplish something today. So I set out to “Re-Comission” my DeWalt PowerShop RAS. The saw has been in hibernation for about six years now. It worked when I left Long Island for Vermont,...

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Part 11: Dust Collection & a New Floor....

11-21-2012 03:17 AM by DIYaholic | 27 comments »

My shop is like the ruins of Pompeii, that is to say that it is laying under a blanket of dust. It isn’t volcanic dust, it’s concrete dust. The reason for the near mummification of everything is because I needed to grind down some of the high spots on the floor. The high spots and bumps on the floor were removed so that I could install a new floor. I’m installing DRIcore sub flooring panels as my “finished” floor. Basically it is 2’ X 2’ X 3/4” ...

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Part 12: METAMORPHOSIS:

12-05-2012 02:12 AM by DIYaholic | 16 comments »

In my last blog post, the floor installation was completed, along with a preview of my new Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity!!! I have since not only picked up the mess, but I also traveled the 3.5 hours to pick up my new Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity and traveled the 3.5 hours home. The trip down was filled with anticipation, the expectation of taking possesion of my new Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” ...

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Part 13: Shop Fixtures, Cabinets, Drawers & Jigs!!!

12-08-2012 05:56 PM by DIYaholic | 8 comments »

This is just a quick update. Rex, I promise not to mention my new Rikon 10-325 14” BS with a 1-1/2HP motor and 13” of resaw capacity!!! Opps, I guess that is mentioning it. ;) Ok, at least no pictures. I purchased some stuff for the shop “Metamorphosis”. I will be picking it all up on Monday or Tuesday. There are fixtures, like drill/driver cubbies to keep things “in their place”, cabinets needed for organization, drawers to eliminate clutter and jigs...

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Part 14: A White Knuckle Tool Gloat & never ending Shopping Spree!!!

01-13-2013 02:09 AM by DIYaholic | 26 comments »

It used to be that I spent every Saturday in a fog. I think it may have had something to do with spending every Friday night in a bottle, err, I mean bar (I was a bartender). That was not the reason for today’s fog. Today was because of atmospheric conditions in The Green Mountains of Vermont and Massachusetts, although in MA they are called The Berkshires. I made the trek south, through the mountains from VT to MA and back again, to attend “The Wood Working Show” at the ...

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Part 15: Magic Smoke & Digital Wizardry!!!

01-20-2013 03:19 AM by DIYaholic | 14 comments »

The Dungeon to Lair metamorphosis experienced a minor set back this past week. My TS motor decided to impersonate a fire breathing dragon. However, because it is only a 1HP motor, it wasn’t up to the challenge and only spewed out a puff of “Magic Smoke”. The saw as of now is a horizontal work surface, awaiting a heart transplant. At least it ain’t collecting dust, but that’s only beacause none can be made. I haven’t been able to procure a donor motor yet. L...

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Part 16: Gotta Walk, Before You Can Run...

01-28-2013 03:01 AM by DIYaholic | 17 comments »

And I’m crawling!!!Crawling towards an organized and hopefully efficient shop, or as I refer to it…...from “Dungeon to Lair” Without a properly set up shop….Five minute tasks take hours to complete. That is frustrating! But that frustration is easing ever so slooooowly. “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”, that is my goal. But how to get from this: And this: To the embodiment of organization is not easy. Well NOT...

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Part 17: Even Good Ideas Should Be Shelved!!!

02-01-2013 04:08 AM by DIYaholic | 12 comments »

I have grandeous ideas and visions of what my shop will be and look like. It may take weeks, months, years, even decades before I actually obtain my “dream shop”. However, with out snow falling from the sky, I’ve had some time to work towards my future wood workers “Lair”. My shop time is anything but efficient, but it is productive time. Every once in a while ideas need to be “tabled”, or “put on hold”. My latest inspiration needed to ...

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Part 18: My First, Huge Hand Plane Rehab!!!

02-03-2013 11:30 PM by DIYaholic | 22 comments »

It can’t be said that I don’t like a challenge. With that in mind, I decided to undertake an enormous task. This is such a HUGE endeavor, that I’m actually a tinnie tiny bit nervous!!! I am motivated by a couple of LJ’ers to procede with this mighty chore. I was going to credit Bandit571, but he made fun of me today, so he gets no credit. I truely need to credit “Super Electric” Dave Bardin, galoot extraordinaire, for my inspiration. Thanks Dave!!! I hav...

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Part 19: This TOOL GLOAT will turn heads!!!

02-14-2013 01:01 AM by DIYaholic | 29 comments »

I’ve been scouring CraigsList, for over two years now, in an attempt to outfit my embryonic work shop. I have been fortunate enough to have found a lot of great deals…. DeWalt DW735 thickness planer: $100.0015 Jorgensen F-Clamps: $5.00 ea.Ridgid OSS (NIB): $90.00 Those are but a few of my CL finds that warrant a gloat. I think my latest tool aquisition just may be my best one yet!!! The seller stated in the CL ad, that they were downsizing their shop. Which is ironic beca...

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Part 20: I've NO Leg to Stand On!!!

02-24-2013 04:17 AM by DIYaholic | 17 comments »

My TS gave up the “Magic Smoke” several weeks ago! 8^(Rather than purchase a new motor at $250.00 to $400.00, I opted to purchase a used motor. That motor, with a few additional items, was purchased off of CL for $150.00. My wallet was happy with me waiting for the right CL deal to come along!!! Here is a picture of the “donor” motor installed on my TS: It was a very serendipitous releasing of the “magic smoke”, as the original motor was 1HP and the t...

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Part 21: If At First You Don't Succeed....

02-26-2013 04:47 AM by DIYaholic | 12 comments »

In a previous blog entry, I started to document the building of my ambient air cleaner. I didn’t do a blog on it’s completion and the WW gods spited me for it….. I initially installed 2 pre-filters (intake side) and a third MERV 12 filter on the exhaust side. After building the air cleaner, I learned that this arrangement is not recommended. I found out why! It seams that the filter, placed after the squirrel cage blower, puts back pressure on the fan and causes the motor...

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Part 22: The- To- -at & a Router Circle Cutting Jig...

03-02-2013 04:08 AM by DIYaholic | 5 comments »

I HATE moving the DC hose from machine to machine!!! One of these days (who hasn’t said that tooo many times?), I will be running 4” galvanized metal ducting throughout the shop. I’ve had the ducting for a while now, but am waiting to install it until my machine layout is better determined. I also need to do the obligatory HF 2HP DC Thien Top Hat upgrade. I already have the Wynn Environmental 35A-NANO cartridge filter. The DC upgrade will go a long way towards the “...

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Part 23: Thien Thing (build), Different Day...

03-23-2013 02:05 PM by DIYaholic | 5 comments »

Yes, this is ANOTHER Thien Top Hat Pre-Seperator B(uild) log, or blog if you will!!! I have the in/famous HF 2HP DC, which has been “Hot Rodded”, but that will be another blog entry. My build was inspired by Pitbull over on In The Workshop with Charles Neil. While that build inspired me, I took many liberties and ultimately came up with my own design. (FYI: I’m using a 30 gallon galvanized trash can as my collection bin.) While researching the build, I stumpled upon th...

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Part 24: Hang 'em High: HF 2HP DC Mod!!!

03-23-2013 03:16 PM by DIYaholic | 10 comments »

With my Thien Top Hat Pre-Seperator completed, it was time to focus on improving the efficiency of my HF 2HP DC. Let’s face it, the HF unit can use ALL the help it can get!!! In the court of popular opinion, the verdict on the HF DC is that it IS “guilty” of being under powered and having an undersized impeller. For the safety of myself and the general public, I have sentenced it to “Hanging”!!! Again, pictures will do most of the talking…. The origin...

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Part 25: Duck (or is it Duct), Low Ceiling!!!

03-23-2013 06:52 PM by DIYaholic | 13 comments »

My overall dust collection upgrades have been a long time in coming. There was always the plan to build a Thien Top Hat, reconfigure or “Hot Rod” the HF 2HP DC & run metal ducting in the shop. I was spurred into action because I was tired of wasting time switching out the flex hose from machine to machine & tripping over the hose. This latest upgrade is but another step in the metamorphosis from “Dungeon to Lair”. It is also a huge part of making my shop time m...

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Part 26: Up, Up, & Away! Well Almost!!!

03-26-2013 11:07 PM by DIYaholic | 11 comments »

With the winter season over and spring here(?), so they tell us, I will be losing my current lumber storage!!! Yea, YIPEE!!! A potential travesty in the making for some people, but not me. Why be happy about losing storage space? Well…..~~~~Here is a pic of my current lumber storage: Considering how I treated this unused white oak flooring, it’s a good thing I ain’t got no expensive or exotic woods. My vehicle will soon be evicted also, to make room for the 3 company snow...

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Part 27: A JL7 Inspired Project!!!

05-19-2013 02:20 AM by DIYaholic | 12 comments »

One of my LJ buds, Jeff (JL7), recently sent my friend “The Chef” a cutting board for testing and performance review. The board is to be put through it’s paces and evaluated. I have to say that the board is a beauty and inspires me to someday obtain the skills to build a few boards of similar quality. That or the abilty to pass off store bought boards as my own creation!!! Jeff has a great shop and skills to match, but he may have an over inflated ego. Feeding his narciss...

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Part 28: Another LJ inspired Project....

05-19-2013 03:11 PM by DIYaholic | 19 comments »

Disclaimer:This project is a purely utilitarian build. I did NOT attempt to make it “purdy”, or use any “fancy” joinery. This project of “Not-So-Fine-Woodworking”, just needed to perform as needed. Hence, I don’t feel it is worthy of a “Project Gallery” post, those will be reserved for my attempts at real woodworking! As a “Dungeon to Lair” post, it is most fitting, as the transformation continues to progress, I can now build p...

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Part 29: Surviving The Lathe(y) Days of Summer....

06-02-2013 04:01 AM by DIYaholic | 15 comments »

It’s been a while since I ventured into my basement shop or as it is now more infamously known; “My Lair” (really unfamous, because most people don’t know about it and the rest question it’s existance). My “real world” job has kept me from “My Lair”. Working ten hour days, six days a week, leaves me with little time or energy and even less motivation to trek downstairs. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it, but it could hav...

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Part 30: Another Lathe(y) day in "My Lair"....

06-03-2013 02:03 AM by DIYaholic | 9 comments »

I again had energy & motivation to venture into “My Lair”.... I decided to build & install what I’m calling a “Ballast Box”, it will also serve as a shelf under the lathe.It was a project….It was made of wood & saw dust was created….But it ain’t no example of fine woodworking!!! It is simply a 2×4 frame with 3/4” ply for a top and bottom. Concealed inside are two bags of sand. With the “Ballast Box” build...

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Part 31: CL, A PC, A DW & a Serious Tool GLOAT!!!

08-18-2013 11:09 PM by DIYaholic | 18 comments »

“The Lair” is in a state whereby I can make saw dust. I have most every machine and tool, that could be pressed into service in the pursuit of wood working bliss, that is necessary. The shop is no where near perfect and will surely needs upgrades. I would still like to have a scroll saw and a drum/thickness sander, however, they can wait. One would think that after all this time, acquiring tools and machines and getting the shop ready, I would be in sawdust heaven. Even with all t...

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Part 32: A Grizzly In The Lair....

06-23-2014 02:56 AM by DIYaholic | 40 comments »

Last week I did a blog about a wood & tool gloat….http://lumberjocks.com/DIYaholic/blog/41461 This weekend’s adventure was to free the Grizzly (& the wood) from the confines of my vehicle and into “The Lair”. That would be a relatively easy task, were I to have a walk in basement, but I don’t. Access to “The Lair” is through a bulkhead door and down a flight of stairs. Getting the wood into the shop was no problem…. The translocation ...

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Part 33: Thien Thing Again: Bear Separator!!!

07-07-2014 03:03 AM by DIYaholic | 23 comments »

As some may remember….My Grizzly Bear made it into “The Lair”.It was a potentially dangerous and harrowing trip…. With my G0458 18” Open Ended Drum Sander resting comfortably and all cleaned up and ready to perform….I plugged it in, flipped the switch…. It is alive….For about a split second…. then the fuse blew!!!Yeah, I said FUSE…. all the circuits for “The Lair” are fuses!!! ;^( Short story long…. There is o...

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Part 34: A CL PC Posting & an afternoon drive

07-22-2014 01:51 AM by DIYaholic | 17 comments »

With the addition of my Grizzly G0458 18” Open End Drum Sander….My MAJOR tool/machine purchases are pretty much complete. Although a CNC Router would be nice!!! That means I am actually building projects and not just “shop projects”!!! However, that does not mean purchases are a thing of the past….One must leave themselves open to future upgrades, shop fixture procurement, lumber and the incidentals.I am also on the look out for redundant/duplicate tools, t...

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