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Blog series by GeBeWubya updated 01-22-2013 03:47 AM 5 parts 12566 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: A new toolbench

01-10-2013 01:45 AM by GeBeWubya | 0 comments »

When I retired from 25 years of software and systems engineering for a major defense contractor, I wanted to do something different with my time. Woodworking is something I’d always wanted to learn, but never had time. I started accumulating some tools and quickly discovered that without a garage (My lovely wife absolutely refused to consider converting the family room into a garage/workshop. Go figure.) getting tools out and back into a small storage room and setting up in the back ...

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Part 2: Mortising an 8' 4x4

01-10-2013 02:29 AM by GeBeWubya | 2 comments »

Last weekend, my good friend John came to town to help me with the Lumber Loft. While I was cutting the crowns for the posts, he built all the feet and cut the half laps on all the rails and stiles. Then came the task that neither of us knew exactly how to do—cutting a diagonal through mortise in an 8’ 4×4 with a bench drill press. With the mortising attachment on the drill press, the quill has only 1 1/2” of travel, so cutting through the post requires multipl...

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Part 3: The toolbench fills and the loft rises

01-12-2013 12:48 AM by GeBeWubya | 0 comments »

After two days filled with bunches of tiny tasks, the shop takes shape. There’s still too much slop to swap to be a ship shape shop (ok, I’ll stop), but I did make some progress. The toolbench now has a top, a line of tools (mini-lathe, drill press, belt/disk sander, grinder, and clamp rack), and a number of yet -to-be-organized piles of accessories and related tools. Yesterday, I started attaching the feet to each of the 5 posts for the lumber loft. My clever plan w...

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Part 4: Lumber Loft Lift

01-15-2013 03:26 PM by GeBeWubya | 0 comments »

John came back to town and we erected the Lumber Loft. The fit was pretty good, meaning it only took moderate persuasion with the dead blow, crowbar, screws and dowels through joints, and shims under one foot. John designed, cut, and installed the cornice. We attached the shelf with a French cleat. With the cornice, pegboard, and shelf in place the loft is rock solid (well, wood solid at least.) I’m now working on mounting a shelving unit (AKA prototype wine rack) above...

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Part 5: Shelving under the lumber loft

01-22-2013 03:47 AM by GeBeWubya | 0 comments »

I’m one step closer to being organized! I built a shelf unit to hang on a french cleat between the posts of the lumber loft. I intentionally built it upside down. The top shelf is wider than the bottom, so there is more useable space on the bench below. The top shelf is about 11 1/2” wide and the bottom shelf is about 6 1/2” wide. I cut a 1×8 on a taper from 1” from the left edge at one end to 1” from the right at the other end, making 2 (mostly...

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