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Blog series by PocketHole69 updated 08-14-2010 02:50 AM 6 parts 33318 reads 58 comments total

Part 1: Getting Set Up / Making a Plan

07-07-2010 08:38 PM by PocketHole69 | 15 comments »

Over the past couple months I’ve really been getting in to this woodworking thing. I’ve spent way over $1000 on blades, bits, a new table saw, and woods and hardware for jigs. I’ve been doing all this in a narrow strip of my 2 car garage thats about 5’ wide and 12’ long. Some genius decided that the homeower would only ever need 1 outlet in the whole 2 car garage, so I’ve been swapping plugs when I need to switch to a new tool, using extension cords, ...

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Part 2: Electrical wiring is in

07-11-2010 04:52 AM by PocketHole69 | 3 comments »

In my last post I explained that my garage only had one outlet in the whole 20×20 space. Today noknot and I fixed that by hooking up the wiring for the new garage “workshop wall”. I haven’t repaired the drywall yet, but these pictures let you see how we ran them. First we cut a strip of drywall out to run the horizontal wires: (click to enlarge) Then, we ran the wires down the central beam that runs across my garage. I know this looks kinda, uh, scary now bu...

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Part 3: So Guys, I think I've made this a "real hobby"

07-20-2010 07:11 AM by PocketHole69 | 15 comments »

At 1AM tonight, way past my bedtime and out in the garage while my wife slept, I emptied my first bottle of Titebond. I remember buying it a month ago and thinking “thats a lot of glue, that’ll last me forever”. I’m pretty sure there is a rule somewhere that says when a new woodworker empties his first bottle of wood glue he goes from “goofing off in the garage” to full blown woodworker addiction. Is there a hotline or something I can call? I migh...

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Part 4: I might be getting a little out of control

07-21-2010 07:11 PM by PocketHole69 | 7 comments »

I read somewhere that there are 4 essential tools for any shop: Table Saw Drill Press Router Band Saw Well, I just ordered the last one I was missing, a Jet 10in Band Saw Have to love Amazon Prime with $3.99 next day shipping for a bandsaw! I’ve read the reviews and this one seemed like the best deal for my needs- something compact and with the features and options I was looking for (fence, dust collection, extension wings, etc.) I’m pretty sure my wif...

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Part 5: Today I learned an important lesson.

08-03-2010 03:13 AM by PocketHole69 | 8 comments »

Today I learned an important lesson: The dust collector remote will fit right through the dust collector cleanup nozzle. I just finished routing some dados and was cleaning up, using the “shopvac” nozzle on my dust collector hose to suck up the stray dust around the router table. I heard something solid go in and didn’t think anything of it (I’ve sucked up a stray screw or brad before, it makes a neat tink noise going through the blower) but then when I looked for...

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Part 6: New shop-built air cleaner and a great deal on used tools

08-14-2010 02:50 AM by PocketHole69 | 10 comments »

Shop-built Air Cleaner I tend to do my woodworking once the sun goes down and it cools off, so to keep from waking the neighbors up I usually do it with the garage door closed. This was pretty brutal on my lungs even with a dust collector so I built myself a shop air cleaner. It’s built around a 1 micron bag filter and 2” pre filter from an actual commercial shop air cleaner (about $45), one sheet of 3/4 ply. The blower motor is a 12” squirrel cage blower that moves ...

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