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Blog series by HamS updated 12-26-2011 03:34 AM 6 parts 7399 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: The planning and design

11-21-2011 01:06 PM by HamS | 1 comment »

The area where the washing machine and dryer need serious attention and I have actually gotten this underway. When the Geothermal heating unit gave up the ghost three years ago and was replaced, the plumbing in the utility and mechanicals of the house where changed all around. The professional plumber who did the job thought it would be efficient to put the drain for the washer and the drain from the geo units in the same 1 1/2 ” drain pipe. However, he failed to calculate the drain...

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Part 2: Waiting and planning or "I hate Drywall"

11-24-2011 10:24 PM by HamS | 1 comment »

I have decided to use this project to really try to learn sketchup and make real plans (for a change). That took a little more than I thought and I would not call myself fully cognizant of all the features of sketchup, but I have a workable model now and am refining the designs before I actually get to cutting lumber. I am using a method of construction I call frame and skin. It is something I developed( I am SURE it is not totally original) when making walls for stage sets. The walls nee...

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Part 3: Finished the Plan, work starts this weekend

12-02-2011 01:12 PM by HamS | 0 comments »

Well I am ready to get to building actually. I still hate drywall, but a friend of mine needs some work so I hired it done. My design is pretty simple butt joints glued up with biscuits and polyurethane glue. I have some dohickeys called square it or something like that from Rockler. I will record my thoughts on their use, but I have had good luck with them when gluing up carcasses before. I am convinced that the secret to this type of project is to keep the box dead square through out t...

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Part 4: Almost Ready for the real woodworking or I HATE DRYWALL

12-16-2011 02:55 AM by HamS | 2 comments »

The preparation of the area for the laundry is nearing completion and I think I will be moving out to the shop this weekend to actually start work on the cabinets and cutting wood. I have been spending a lot of time rehearsing, but it is Christmas and that is a very busy time for church musicians. This year I am singing in two cantatas and Mrs Ham is playing in one. The last Christmas concert is this coming Sunday and then I will be free to really focus on the cabinets. I am also working ...

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Part 5: Actually working in the shop now

12-23-2011 09:25 PM by HamS | 1 comment »

I started milling the lumber for the cabinets last night. I was going to start the glue up of the frame, but decided to let the wood adjust itself after the rough cut out. I am glad I did because this morning when I went to restart the fire I found one of the back rails had curled about 3/8 ths of an inch. I am making two cabinets at the same time so there were six rails I had cut. The good part is five of the six were still straight. I cut another and am now waiting another day to make ...

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Part 6: Progress but slow

12-26-2011 03:34 AM by HamS | 0 comments »

Well tonight I glued up the panels that will make up the back and cut out some of the sides. I found in my pile of sheet goods three 8 ’ by 15” pieces of birch veneer ply that were left over from some other project. I don’t even remember what it was. Probably the fireplace for “A Christmas Carol”, but I thought I made that from luan. That show was a challenge as we had to have an actor come through the fireplace, it had to have outlets for a smoke (actually f...

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