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Blog series by Derek Lyons updated 11-17-2009 01:04 AM 7 parts 11594 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: Getting started and looking ahead.

08-20-2008 06:44 PM by Derek Lyons | 2 comments »

I haven’t posted a workshop tour yet not because I am new to LJ, but because I don’t really have much of a shop at present… We have a detached two car garage with an ‘amazing’ (and mostly useless) collection of jerry built ‘shelving’ and ‘workbenches’ courtesy of the previous owner of the house. Over the next week and a half that will change radically with the old crap being ripped out and getting started on the new… So lets tak...

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Part 2: Workbench V0.0 in progress

09-01-2008 06:00 PM by Derek Lyons | 3 comments »

Well, some progress has been made but less than I’d hoped. Here’s what we started with Saturday morning, the ‘amazing’ collection of shelving and workbench built by the son of the our houses previous owner: It’s not really clear in this picture but neither the shelves or the bench are level in any direction, and the shelves are actually bowed. (And were like that when we moved in.) They came down very easily – which was frightening considering ho...

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Part 3: Despite a "Deadly" encounter, the garage workbench is completed!

09-14-2008 07:34 PM by Derek Lyons | 7 comments »

Yesterday my lovely Lady Wife was headed down to Tacoma to help our friend Peggy set up a Point of Sale system at her needleworking/embroidery shop. This presented a nice opportunity as Peggy’s husband Joel is also a woodworker – so I invited him up to my workshop to help finish my garage workbench. (LJ project page at the link.) Joel and I got a nice early start, sorted out the pieces I’d precut, and built a jig for assembling the legs. Then we took a break to head ...

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Part 4: Five guys, two pots of coffee, one minute of actual work.

02-02-2009 08:35 PM by Derek Lyons | 3 comments »

How many man hours does it take to lift a table saw two feet from its crate and onto its new base? Roughly five… :) A good weekend, putting two new tools into commission and making huge strides towards being where I’d like to be… As you may have read back in November my Lovely Lady Wife gave me permission to buy a new saw for my birthday/Christmas. While the saw arrived promptly, it turned out the mobile base was out of stock. After consulting with some woodworking ...

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Part 5: Good news and a little gloom.

05-08-2009 06:20 AM by Derek Lyons | 2 comments »

It’s been a rough week trying to finish a piece I’m under the gun for, it’s got to be ready for my nieces wedding. Being new at this, I’ve made numerous mistakes – and the latest may require a thermonuclear option, I’m making a cutting board, and I gouged it badly when rounding the edges. I’m off to my mentors tomorrow to see if it can be saved, but I fear I may have to take a slice off of two sides. (Sigh.) Ah well. If it were easy, what would...

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Part 6: Truly magical morning in the workshop....

07-11-2009 08:42 PM by Derek Lyons | 7 comments »

When working in my shop, I like to keep the garage door open to let light and the breeze in. This morning, a little magic briefly wandered through that open door… This morning, I’ve been working on bolting up a project and listening to the birds assault the blackberries across the alley. All of the sudden I realized that their calls were coming from inside the shop… For about fifteen minutes, while I stood and watched in awe, a pair would poke among the berries, fly into the shop and...

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Part 7: Shop photo's

11-17-2009 01:04 AM by Derek Lyons | 18 comments »

Ok Cotl, the title did get my attention! So, in response to your request here are the latest photos of the rats nest I call a shop;Standing just inside the door and looking to the North – All of my tools are on wheels and get moved about as needed.Here’s the a view to the East – the big cabinet in the middle is going away. It just takes up to dang much room. Eventually the left hand side of this wall will be home to my chop saw station with a lumber rack above and cut off...

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