I have 2 home built sea kayaks, one a Chesapeake 17 which is 17 feet long by 24” wide and the other a Sport Tandem which is 21’6” long by 22” wide. As my two car garage is also my wood shop/metal shop/motorcycle shop/bicycl...
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Location: San Diego
Retired in 2003 after 30 years as a mechanical engineer with the Navy. I've built two wooden sea kayaks from kits made by Chesapeake Light Craft. I've also built a Murphy Bed for my guestroom, cabinets for my garage, and various other things. I also enjoy woodturning, making pens and pencils and bowls, etc.
I also do some metalwork with a mini lathe and a mini mill, recent acquisitions after thinking about it for 35 years or so, ever since I spent a year as an apprentice tool and die maker. It seemed that I was always thinking "if I had a lathe/milling machine I could just make"...whatever item I was searching the stores for at the time - now I can and do just make whatever it is I need, whether it's a spacer for the luggage rack on one of my bicycles or a shoulder bolt for the pannier on one of my motorcycles. Saves a lot of frustrating trips to hardware stores.
Other hobbies include motorcycling, bicycling, camping - in an RV as well as in a tent, kayaking, classical guitar, photography and probably a few others too.
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I had occasion to need 5 23” diameter circular pieces of plywood for some garden planters. The first one I cut freehand with my new Ryobi Saber Saw after drawing it on the wood with the old pencil and string trick. This sort of worked but it...
I bought the Woodriver leveling casters from Woodcraft when they were on sale for $80 a week or so ago. Put them on the workstation yesterday when they arrived and found that the workstation rolls much easier than it did with the big box cheap cas...
Got busy with a few other things but I’ve finally got back to putting the finishing touches on the workstation. I routed the recess for my router plate, making it the right size for the existing plate I had made out of 3/8” Lexan. T...
It’s not really “back to work” since I’m retired and doing this because I want to – anyway, the visitors have gone home so I can finish this workstation. I screwed the tops in place today, then used the old piece o...