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Getting Going (Again) #1: Recap of re-invigorating the shop

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Blog entry by ForestGrl posted 07-08-2015 03:31 AM 1709 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After several years off, my poor neglected shop and tools were in sad shape when I started the rehab project several weeks ago. With hubby off on a 5-week road trip, and me having given up training horses forever, I was ready to dive back into woodworking. Fought off thousands of spiders, tons of dust and massive piles of “stuff” to get the lumber racks organized, rust off the tools (well, except for the jointer—still to do), and the start of some piped dust collection.

Had to replace the Lee Valley steel router table stop—too pitted with rust to recover. They had to go up in the attic to find me one, a “second” with scratches on the bottom side, since they don’t make them any longer. I pleaded: “But…but…I have all the accessories! Please, please find me one!” The Unisaw still runs like a champ, as does the band saw and lathe. Jointer bed and cutter head have some rust, haven’t tackled that yet. Delta planer posts were pretty rusty with surface stuff, but it cleaned up fine, and once I figured out how to work the Rigid folding stand, I was in business! For all the smaller stuff, Evaporust is my friend. Probably will use it on the jointer bed, too, but not the head.

Have found all kinds of goodies for sharpening, equipment set-up and other stuff that I forgot I had. Good thing, ‘cause I don’t have the jingle in my jeans to be buying it now! Built a box to hold PVC pipes for gouge storage in the lathe stand, more work to do in that area. Have a lot of turning wood that’s been in a bin for years—hunks of alder, some madrone and maple. Love living where trees fall down on a regular basis.

So, that was it from end of April until a couple weeks ago! Boring blog, but moral support for anyone else who’s going through a similar time!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)



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rhybeka

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 10:50 AM

Glad to see you’re getting ‘back in the saddle’ FG :) I”m getting back at it sort of but not really (woodworking in general – not turning) after 10 years in school to finish a degree. tough, but worth it!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 05:24 PM

Good going, girl! That is a nice blue Jet. I’ve not seen one of them before. Once organized, the project will begin flowing.Having a place for all the tools is important , I think. It eliminates searching at critical times!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#3 posted 07-09-2015 01:37 AM

Keep up the good work you’ll be up and running in no time.

-- Dale, Ohio

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ForestGrl

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#4 posted 07-09-2015 10:53 PM

Thanks for all the moral support! Yesterday and today filled with pesky personal tasks, may not get into the shop until tomorrow. Do have a couple of questions to post soon though.


Glad to see you re getting back in the saddle FG :) I”m getting back at it sort of but not really (woodworking in general – not turning) after 10 years in school to finish a degree. tough, but worth it!

- rhybeka

Congrats on finishing the degree, it can be a long, tough road. Love my “right brain” time in the shop.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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