Making the garage a shop #7: Weather is nice, I'm slowing down.

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Blog entry by Shawn K. posted 03-21-2011 03:52 AM 1552 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Every project has 'em. The first setback Part 7 of Making the garage a shop series Part 8: Shop furniture to help me find the floor. »

The weather has been nice lately. Nice enough to work in the garage without a jacket. You’d think I’d be stepping up the conversion of my garage, but instead I’ve been letting myself get distracted, wanting to actually build things.

So last weekend I made a crosscut sled, and tried my hand at a box joint jig. The crosscut sled was a success, the shop made runners seem to be working, and the accuracy is impressive, with less than half a millimeter off square over 36”, close enough for me. The Box joint jig…well, I’ll be making another one soon.

This weekend I turned some scrap into an ugly dead-blow mallet. Mahogany and Ash, it should’ve looked pretty, but instead of sanding it to shape I got a little gung-ho with my bandsaw in trimming things down. Meh, it does the trick.

I did pick up a few new tools for the shop. A new Bosch ROS, seeing as all I’ve been using is a Ryobi 1/4 sheet sander. What a difference that thing makes!

I’ve also picked up a Grr-ipper during a sale at Woodcraft, some hole claps for sacrificial fences, and other bits and pieces for finishing work.

So, last thing I did this weekend is start a cabinet. I need storage for my smaller tools, something other than little tool boxes laying all over. I’m making it out of 3/4” blue stain pine, which was fairly inexpensive thanks to the problem with pine beetles in our area. Thankfully Colorado is starting to open up this lumber. While the plague is destroying our pine forests, its making some beautiful lumber.

So the next few days/weekends will hopefully see the completion of the cabinet, and a place to store tools. Hopefully once it’s done, I’ll move forward with the actual project and getting this garage setup. Motivation I have, just in the wrong direction.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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View Woodbutchery's profile


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#1 posted 03-21-2011 05:49 AM

It’s worth it to, occasionally, go off the path.

Now, mind you, it will take you longer to get where you wanted to go, but it’s the journey, no?

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 02:04 PM

It sounds like you are real busy and are taking advantage of the changing weather. You can always get back onto the other well enough. Enjoy yourself.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 08:39 PM

I love it when projects don’t quite go right, always something to learn.


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