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Blog entry by Ted Ewen posted 06-26-2015 11:04 AM 1004 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Short Intro –
For more info see my profile and workshop

I’m almost 50 and I’ve never really learned how to make anything. I’m beginning for change that.
I have just a few tools and no workshop. I need to bootstrap my way into one.

I will be using Sketchup for most of my planning and design.

The Plan for the rest of 2015

  1. Buy the best sliding double bevel saw I can afford.
    Overview of the saw and workstand:
    Youtube playlist: https://goo.gl/kAAyGz
  2. Design the breeding coops.
    I’ll be doing this from sketches we generated tonight and Sketchup.
  3. Bulld 4 sawhorses.
    Use 2 as the stand for the next step:
  4. Make a basic temporary plywood work surface using 2 sawhorses as legs
    At this point I will have to divert from boot strapping the workshop in order to create a number of breeding coops for our chickens.
  5. Build a prototype coop.
  6. Try it out and see what isn’t right with the design
  7. Build second prototype – incorporating changes
  8. Build coops 3 – 10

From there things get a little muddled. I need to put a floor in the largish outbuilding that we are recovering. It was converted into a coop by the previous owner, but I need it to store garden tools and other miscellanea.

I guess that is enough to be getting on with.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.



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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 12:05 PM

You are so…plannish. Scary, Ted. :D

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#2 posted 06-26-2015 03:29 PM

I build a Paulk Workbench as an early project and it has been fantastic while building all the other stuff that I work on.

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 08:08 PM

Oh, if I do not plan I spend my days daydreaming and talking to the chickens, Paul. I still do that when I do plan, but then I know what I should be doing, which makes the lazy so much more enjoyable :D

I’d never heard of a Paulk Workbench before, Ken. Quick google search says it looks very cool, but is probably beyond my abilities right now. I really know nothing :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 11:53 AM

I work off a sawbench more than a saw horse. Might want to look into them too.

-- my blog: http://watertoneworkshop.blogspot.ca/ my You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA?view_as=subscriber

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#5 posted 06-27-2015 05:13 PM

Oh, cool. I’d seen them, never knew what they were. Can you recommend a design / plans ?


I work off a sawbench more than a saw horse. Might want to look into them too.

- JimDaddyO

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#6 posted 06-28-2015 02:44 PM


Oh, if I do not plan I spend my days daydreaming and talking to the chickens, Paul. I still do that when I do plan, but then I know what I should be doing, which makes the lazy so much more enjoyable :D

Heh. I know what you mean. Daydreaming is as lifesustaining for me as is breathing.


I d never heard of a Paulk Workbench before, Ken. Quick google search says it looks very cool, but is probably beyond my abilities right now. I really know nothing :D

Paulk is an amazing tradesman. I would agree that his work is beyond the beginner and inexperienced. For one thing, the cost of one sheet of 3/4” supposed cabinet grade plywood here is about $60. That workbench would cost me a pretty penny to make. Someday, I’d like to. It’s a well done design.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#7 posted 06-28-2015 07:04 PM

Well, Ted, whatever you do have fun and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 06-28-2015 08:37 PM

I don’t seem to be able to find anything but the worst grade of ply here. Not speaking the language doesn’t help I am sure. Somewhere out there is “allthecoolwoodyouwant.dk” I just can’t find it.


For one thing, the cost of one sheet of 3/4” supposed cabinet grade plywood here is about $60.

- Paul Bucalo

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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Ted Ewen

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#9 posted 06-28-2015 08:38 PM

Thanks, Charles. Love your signature.


Well, Ted, whatever you do have fun and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#10 posted 06-28-2015 11:03 PM



I don t seem to be able to find anything but the worst grade of ply here. Not speaking the language doesn t help I am sure. Somewhere out there is “allthecoolwoodyouwant.dk” I just can t find it.

For one thing, the cost of one sheet of 3/4” supposed cabinet grade plywood here is about $60.

- Paul Bucalo

- Ted Ewen

Heh. Good one. Let me know when you find the site. They probably have one for my neck of the woods, too. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#11 posted 02-19-2016 11:09 PM

I just found these guys:
http://www.savvaerket.dk/produkter

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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