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Blog series by IceCactus updated 05-22-2011 07:14 PM 4 parts 4647 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: The Adventure Begins

01-26-2011 09:06 AM by IceCactus | 5 comments »

Well, this is my first blog post ever, anywhere! This past spring I bought my first house. I had a minimum requirement of a 3 car garage since i have a few toys and need an area to work on stuff. Well, i got lucky and found a builder to builds a house that has an attached 20×40 RV garage :) Once i saw that, i had to have it. This series of posts is about my adventures building my work shop in the Man Cave. Just a FYI, i didn’t name it that, the builder actually did :) Luckily fo...

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Part 2: The Properties of Wood

02-10-2011 06:44 PM by IceCactus | 1 comment »

I learned an important lesson here today. Wood shrinks, especially when you expose end grain and drill holes in it. I decided on this project that it would be easier if i just batch created parts. It would be less setup and less hassle. So i resawed a couple 2×4’s down to 1” thick x 2-9/16” wide and 5-11/16” long. Drilled my 3 holes per the instructions of the plan and threw it in a box. I only work on the weekends for the most part, so it took me about 2 weeke...

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Part 3: Epic Fail

02-10-2011 08:05 PM by IceCactus | 3 comments »

Wow, 2 posts in a day! I am trying to catch up to where i am actually at, and am hoping for some advice. Two days ago, i assembled my storage locker frame (sanded and finished a couple days before that). I took 2 platforms, and finger tightened them to the posts in the MIDDLE of the posts. I figure this way, i can work outwards and it would cause less stress on the platforms. So i then tightened up those 2 platforms and installed the remaining 2 towards the bottom of the posts....

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Part 4: A New Beginning

05-22-2011 07:14 PM by IceCactus | 1 comment »

After my joints broke since my last blog post. I decided to use the plans i had as a guide, and design my own cabinets. After a couple weeks of thinking about it here and there, getting some new wood from a real lumber yard and letting it dry out. This is what i came up with. all cabinets are 30 in. wide inside. So, 34” overall width. 1 of 2 small cabinet units. 1 of 2 large tower cabinet units. I am a little disappointed in how much flex or r...

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