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Blog series by DIYaholic updated 03-02-2014 01:21 AM 8 parts 38751 reads 155 comments total

Part 1: Here's Your Sign....

09-01-2013 04:46 AM by DIYaholic | 17 comments »

This blog series will prevent the LJ “Project Gallery” from being infected with my less than “Fine Wood Working” projects, shop fixtures and jigs. I feel the “Project Gallery” should be preserved for true WW projects and not a showcase for the utilitarian “Down & Dirty” endeavors, TS Sleds, clamp racks, shop helpers and the like. This will also serve, at times, as a build log for these “Not Ready For Primetime” projects. To ge...

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Part 2: Charged with A-Salt: I was Framed!!!

11-17-2013 06:01 PM by DIYaholic | 13 comments »

I work for a property maintenance company that offers lawn care, plowing and salting services. The boss/owner has purchased a skid-steer and needed to put it to use. With winter approaching, he has decided to purchase salt in bulk, thus freeing us from the time constraints imposed by our salt vendor’s “hours of operation”. We need a place, on site, in which to store the bulk salt and protect it from rain and snow. Rather than farm out construction of a “Salt BinR...

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Part 3: Beam Me Up Scotty! more Salt Bin Drama....

11-24-2013 07:50 PM by DIYaholic | 15 comments »

With a full week of leaf wrangling needed to be done, no work on the salt bin was accomplished. We were able to get another full day in on Saturday though. The task at hand was to install the two 18’ beams (12” X 6” X 18’). The challenge being, how does one raise a 300lb(?) beam, onto the supporting columns 14’ up? “Man Handling” them up ladders was out of the question, as my back and brain refused to be abused in that manner. We do have the skid s...

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Part 4: Bin Busy: Only One Small Injury to Report on the Salt Bin Build!!!

12-01-2013 12:34 AM by DIYaholic | 9 comments »

Weather has not been on our side. The skies have been releasing fluffy white stuff, frozen rain and wet precipitation. With temps fluctuating from the low thirties to the low to mid twenties, that means ICE, with potential slips & falls!!! Yet, we still have about eleven customers that need their leaves wrangled. It is hard to wrangle up leaves when they are frozen to the ground and buried under an inch or two of snow. Most of our winter service contracts don’t start until Decemb...

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Part 5: Grinding Out a Turning Tool Sharpening Station

01-24-2014 02:01 AM by DIYaholic | 22 comments »

The “Big Brown Truck” has been to my place a lot recently. That usually means the bank account is suffering and tools need to be put through their paces. There are turning chisels, a four jaw chuck, drill chuck, calipers, a pen mandrel and of course pen kits. However, none of these items have been taken out and played with. Why, you say? Well, for many reasons…. none good! Procrastination, work schedule and low energy level all come into play as my excuses. Along with the b...

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Part 6: Zero Clearance.... Not NSA Approved!!!

02-02-2014 07:55 PM by DIYaholic | 32 comments »

The NSA denied my Gub’ment Security Clearance….So, I now have Zero-Clearance!!! I’ve had my C’man 113 Contractor TS for a while now. I never bothered making Zero-Clearance inserts. There was no point, my skills do not warrant such attention to cut quality. Plus, I was using the cr@ppy used blades that came with the purchase of the used saw. That is until I recently upgraded. I went with the Irwin Marples line of blades, Rip, Crosscut & Combination. Not necessar...

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Part 7: Cross Cut Sled - Winging It!!!

02-23-2014 03:08 AM by DIYaholic | 22 comments »

Besides motivation, energy and time….I need a cross cut sled. I’ve checked out most of the various sleds and “Super” sleds here on LJs, from the basic to the multifunction/multipurpose sleds. All these possibilities led to a paralysis by analysis situation. Since I was worried about how accurate my “first” sled would be, I decided not to over complicate things by making a “super sled”. I figured why put so much effort into something I wasn...

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Part 8: I Said Hold Down for a Jig.... Not a Jig at a Hoe Down!!!

03-02-2014 01:21 AM by DIYaholic | 25 comments »

With the CC Sled (nearly) completed, in the last blog entry, it was time to put it to use.However, it was not safe for human (or my) use….There wasn’t a “Blade Guard Box”, nor did I have any hold downs.This left fingers in serious peril!!!ALL of that changed today…. I was able to attach the “Blade Guard Box”, for where the blade exits the sled.I feel sooooo much safer now!!! ;^) But that isn’t the reason for this posting….I was also ...

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