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06-11-2014 06:35 PM

The Operating Room! - 3 replies

Want to get screwed? You have come to the right place. :-)Welcome to my operating room. I am set up and building face frames for some kitchen cabinets.

06-10-2014 02:13 PM

Planer Stand - 15 replies

I am rethinking the design of my planer stand. It is a flip top cart and works great. But, it takes up too much room in my small workshop. The footprint is 30×30 inches. Any reduction in size will be a big help. Currently, I don’t have a tool on the flip side. I had even thought about buying the Dewalt stand designed for my planer ...

06-10-2014 04:20 AM

Eight Inch Joiner Fever! - 14 replies

Today, for the first time, I wished I had an eight inch joiner instead of a six. Several of the 4/4 rough poplar boards I had bought to build cabinet face frames were 6 inches or wider. :-( I guess I will just have to get over it because I really don’t have the room for an eight incher. Sure would be nice though. To get around the 6 ...

06-08-2014 11:16 PM

Raised Platform for Routing - 0 replies

Just another lazy Sunday afternoon in the South. :-) I had a couple of pieces of 1/2 inch plywood laminated with Formica that I needed to trim. So, after looking at my mobile workstation, I decided to make a raised platform for it. I needed it to be raised so the 1 inch flush trim bit would clear the worktable. Not much engineering on this...

06-08-2014 01:05 AM

Bondo! - 20 replies

Well, there I was, using my router to make a template so I could rout the recess for my new router plate. I let it get away from me in one corner and messed it up. Three perfect corners and one bad one. :-( Recently, I had purchased a can of Bondo All Purpose Putty so this was a good opportunity to test it out. I am not a paint and body guy s...

06-05-2014 09:26 PM

Our little helper - 10 replies

Our grandaughter came to visit today. She wanted to help grandpaw, so we had her stain some maple , birch and poplar samples. Love this kid. She is pretty fast with the wiping rag. :-)

06-04-2014 03:19 AM

Bessey clamps marked down at Lowe's - 8 replies

Probably been mentioned before but I saw what I believe is all of the Bessey clamps are marked down. Example the 50 inch K Body was $26. Only one left and it was stripped of extras that normally come with it. I bought a pair of 24 inch F Style Tradesman clamps for $16 ea. I think they were $25 regular price.1/2 inch pipe clamps – $8.30 ea.

05-07-2014 12:06 AM

Shop Made Cabinet Jack - 5 replies

To help with the installation of some upper wall cabinets, I made a pair of cabinet jacks. Thanks MobilePaul for the suggestion. As you can see, they worked great. The cabinets were 36×42 made with 3/4 inch maple plywood and 1/2 inch maple backs. The jack looks a little flimsy just sitting there but when you put some weight on it, all i...

04-17-2014 03:25 AM

DIY Stop Block - 6 replies

I got myself in a bind today while cutting some boards to length. I had four to cut but they were longer than the Kreg Precision Trak I use on the miter saw station. So, I recycled the adjustable extension stop block I had used previously on my table saw cross cut sled. To make it useable, I added a piece that attaches to the track with a ...

04-07-2014 06:23 PM

Any hot rodders out there? - 13 replies

I had a chance to attend the Lone Star Round Up in Austin this past weekend. It was my first time to go to a big car show. All I can say is wow! Lots of people and many, many cars. Here is a link to a slideshow of the 160 pics I took. Now you can go to the car show and see it as I did! :-)And that was only part of the cars on display. Hope...

04-04-2014 05:35 PM

Question about sanding station - 14 replies

I hop to build a sanding station some time in the near future. It should be fairly simple with a 4 inch connection for my dust collector. I think it will be portable so I can clamp it to a work bench, then remove it later when it is not needed. For the work surface, I will either drill a bunch of holes or use pegboard and enlarge part of them...

04-03-2014 03:33 PM

Application Error! - 4 replies

I can’t access any of my blogs regardless if I am using my PC, iPad or smart phone. I get an application error every time.I sent an email via the Help line. I hope it can get resolved soon. never had any problem before last night.ThanksMike

03-29-2014 03:28 AM

Festool Prices going up? - 11 replies

My latest email from Rockler says to get ‘em now before the prices go up! I guess that is a good sales tactic. I know a lot of folks use Festool tools but they are not for me. There is no way I am going to pay three or four times the price of a tool vs other brands available. Maybe some day I will eat those words. :-) Note: I am reti...

03-14-2014 10:03 PM

Shop cart ideas needed - 6 replies

I am thinking about making a mobile cart that I can use to assemble base cabinets on and move them around, or maybe just simply turn it around. Cart might not be the right terminology. I have a Harbor Freight furniture dolly that I can use as the base. It is just four casters attached to four boards with a little carpet for protection. It ...

03-14-2014 03:48 AM

Fantasyland! - 6 replies

Here is something you don’t see every day. :-) Reportedly, someone has been working on this house since the 80’s. It even has a moat around it. Although it is dry.Keifer, Oklahoma

03-12-2014 11:36 PM

UPS Truck Fire - 3 replies

We are visiting relatives in Tulsa, OK. The local news just showed video of a UPS trailer that burned last night. They reported 1100 packages destroyed. Check your tracking number!Mike

03-10-2014 03:29 AM

Dang! I Broke a Screw! - 10 replies

I am in the process of building four base cabinets for a wet bar project. I predrilled all of the holes for the Blumotion soft close hinges and had four of the six doors installed for test fit when it happened. A screw simply broke in two pieces just below the head! That about ruined my day. After a fair amount of fussin’ and cussin&...

02-19-2014 05:53 AM

Ripping hard maple! - 2 replies

This is not meant to be a review, just an observation of my track saw and accessories. It has been a few months since I purchased a Scheppach CS 55 track saw. It sounded like a good deal from WOOT! – $119 plus $5 shipping. I jumped on it with both feet. :-) The saw arrived with two tracks, some cheep clamps and the saw. The blade act...

02-18-2014 01:17 AM

Good Times Ahead! - 3 replies

Just sayin’ :-)Mike

02-06-2014 08:20 PM

You did it wrong! - 14 replies

Is it just me? Some days I just can’t seem to do things right. I don’t think I am dyslexic but sometime I wonder. The router table requires some pieces must be run past the bit face down. So I have to figure out which will be the good side and place it face down on the stack. Face frames are assembled with pocket holes so the g...

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