Outfitting the workshop

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Blog series by Mark Shymanski updated 05-17-2014 11:15 PM 11 parts 16560 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: I have to change my signature line!

04-30-2008 01:14 AM by Mark Shymanski | 8 comments »

I put up a terrific struggle but Jenn finally convinced me to get a dust collector ;-) Actually I’ve been looking for a while now (thus the tag line) and we finally decided to pick one up. So we picked up a General 10105CFM1 1.5 hp 1100 cfm canister top single stage collector from Wooden Edge here in Brandon. I bought my jointer and planer from them and am very happy with both of these tools so Wooden Edge was the place to go for this purchase. I’ve not powered it up yet ...

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Part 2: Ceiling progress

06-09-2008 06:27 AM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

Well Jenn and I spent the best part of Saturday screwing OSB to rafters. It is looking good, and is taking a long time. We did buy two tools to accomplish this a Ryobi circular saw and a Dewalt 3/8 drill. We’ve gotten tired of waiting for cordless drills to recharge, so we went with a corded drill for this. I had forgotten how powerful they are, we were driving screws right through the OSB without thinking becasue we are so used to the battery drills bogging down. A real pleasure t...

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Part 3: Progress... sort of

10-26-2008 08:43 AM by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

Well not too much has been done on the shop over the last while but I did manage to get into the shop for about thre hours today…uhh yesterday and get all but two fixtures back up on the ceiling. Its starting to get too cold to work in there now so I guess I will have to hold off until spring to get the rest of the ceiling up. Any body up for a ceiling installing bee?

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Part 4: The Ceiling is done!

11-06-2008 01:20 PM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

About a week ago my wife surprised me with the offer to hire someone to finish installing the ceiling in my shop…I don’t seem to ever have enough time to get in there and do it and I was finding it difficult to do singlehandedly. Well Jenn hired a fellow two days ago and he expressed an interest in having some of the benches and big tools moved before he started. Jenn and I discussed this over the phone and I said I’d be able to move things around this weekend. Jenn passe...

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Part 5: One of the inestimable pleasures of being a Lumberjock...making your own tools!

02-13-2011 07:42 AM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

Well there are probably a lot of other things I should have covered in the outfitting of my shop before I posted this, but I’d probably never manage to post anything if I did it in chronological order :-) Any way I am working on a two step red oak step stool for my shop (I am hoping that Jenn sees it and determines the ugly metal one in the kitchen belongs in the shop and that this ‘ugly’ piece of shop furniture belongs in the house LOL!). The construction requires some ...

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Part 6: Tacit approval to build a bench!!!

02-28-2011 05:51 AM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

My brother and his wife have been visiting from Winnipeg the last couple of days mainly to see their niece and nephew :-) but also to celebrate my birthday a couple of days early. My brother (enabling my tool addiction) gave me the large Lee Valley bench vise (,41659,41661&p=31137\). Knowing the Jenn gives them an update on what is currently on my wish list at LV, I consider that her telling Bill that the vise was a good gift is li...

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Part 7: Uncrating a tablesaw on the installment plan!

05-06-2011 05:54 AM by Mark Shymanski | 0 comments »

Well its been about 4 weeks since I asked you folks questions about buying a tablesaw, thanks TomfromWinnipeg for the advice on Felder! So I bought myself a General 50-200 2hp saw and arranged for my brother in law to drop it off with his truck. Of course Dave (my BIL) can’t just drop everything and bring it by (one of the downsides of living about 3 hours away from family) so it took him about a week to get the time to come out (I really appreciate Dave taking the time to load, deliv...

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Part 8: It works!!! It saws wood!!

06-05-2011 05:43 AM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

The wiring is finally done, and I have actually turned on my new General 50-200R and it sounds fantastic! It has been a painful several weeks (I guess it is actually months now) since I bought the saw, and I finally have had time, electricity and wood all at the same time to test out my saw!!!! I am super excited about this tool and can’t wait to put it through its paces! I’ll take some pictures and post them when I can.

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Part 9: A vise, a vise, my kingdom for a vise ...

02-18-2014 01:05 AM by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

I’ve been wanting to build a bench for a long time now. My brother bought me a LV large vise quite awhile ago which had been the major money stumbling block at the time. Well life happens and I never built the bench. I have been using an old oak table that I had scrounged from somewhere, here it is: So today being “Louis Reil Day” excuse for the government to give us a day off in February… I figured I’d catch up on some projects that have been sittin...

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Part 10: I actually finished it!

04-07-2014 12:20 AM by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

We’ve been seeing above 0 degrees the last few days so I thought I’d turn the heat on in the shop and finish my bench. I’d reinforced the apron mounted the faces and planed everything flush. A closer view: I think this is the first task in the shop that is done, no further intended fiddling I can just go and start using it! I am a bit concerned that there seems to be a bit if racking when I open the vice, not sure if its not installed correctly or if that i...

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Part 11: What NOT to do with the lathe!

05-17-2014 11:15 PM by Mark Shymanski | 6 comments »

This us the second stupid thing I did in the shop today and since the trend seems to be toward increasingly dangerous results I thought I would maybe leave the shop and find something safer to do ;-) for the rest of the day. It was one of those moments where that wee voice in your head says ”’re gonna regret this,don’t do it…” just microseconds before IT actually happens. If I had listened to the little voice I would have stopped the lathe, repositio...

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