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Blog series by Ken Fitzpatrick updated 935 days ago 7 parts 20424 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: Before

1211 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 5 comments »

Well the procrastination is over. My grandson Tyler is going to woodworking summer camp at the New England School for Architechtual Woodworking to learn shop safety and basic tool use. Now I have no choice but to clean up the shop and get it back on track so we can work on some projects together. He came over this afternoon after school to help start the cleanup and thinning out. I think we made a lot of progress but before we started I took some before pics so everyone can see wher...

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Part 2: First we clean up and draw the plans

1209 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 6 comments »

I went out this morning to putter and ended up doing about 5 one hour sessions with coffee breaks inbetween. We really couldn’t do anything yesterday because my youngest grandson made his first communion so we spent the day with the whole family which is always fun to do. I have always tried to live by a rule that I saw somewhere that says “every time you go in the shop, put 10 things away”. Don’t know where I saw it but for many years it was a hard and fast rule ...

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Part 3: Cleaning House

1200 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 3 comments »

Well I figured I better give a quick update. Our plan forward is to get rid of everything that will not stay. Guess I’ve been a bit of a pack rat over the last few years and it is time to give it up. My utility trailer is loaded for the second time and will hit the landfill at 8 tomorrow morning. We have a lot of recycle piles there so please don’t think we aren’t doing that because we are. I’m even getting rid of the old tools I don’t use anymor...

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Part 4: Life interrupts

1189 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 6 comments »

Well my workshop partner (Tyler) is busy in school as usual, my life partner, Jackie and I have decided on a break from the workshop re-do to celebrate another milestone. Today is our fourtieth wedding anniversary. We are waking up in Dublin…..Ireland that is. Arrived yesterday and a sort of peace came over us both on our first trip to our ancestoral homeland. So it’s relaxation, sight seeing and good Irish food and drink for the next week. Will check in when we get back. ...

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Part 5: It's Becoming a Barn Do Over

1062 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 4 comments »

Haven’t been on for awhile because we have been working both in and outside the barn. I wanted to come on and post some pics so you won’t think we have given up. Click below to see a slide show of before and after so far. This week we will finish the South side of the barn and I will add that pic to this post. The barn was built in 1860. I will set up a slide show so you can see what we did on the inside to preserve the building so that it could be returned to exactly what it...

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Part 6: Outside is done!! Inside is done except for floor.

949 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 2 comments »

What you will see in the pics is the progress that we have made since last May. Sorry they are not in chronological order. Didn’t have time to change file names and sequence them, but I think you will get the gist of it. We are down to the home stretch with only the shop floor to finish. It’s 2/3 complete so I will finish this week. Then it’s back to real woodworking. Thanks for all of your interest over the past few months. http://s1125.photobucket.com/albums/l590...

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Part 7: Let's Call it a Floor and say the Shop is Done!

935 days ago by Ken Fitzpatrick | 3 comments »

After a number of weeks, the floor is now done. I did keep the heat going for 24 hours a day through the process so the wood was pretty easy to work. I didn’t pull them in pretty tight as I still have some worry about what will happen this summer when it gets pretty humid around here. I left a good 1/2” all the way around the room then covered it with baseboard. Thanks to everyone who offered advice on this. All my tools are pretty much where I want them now. I have a few ...

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