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Blog series by WoodenSoldier updated 957 days ago 6 parts 7428 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Transforming the dungeon

1384 days ago by WoodenSoldier | 5 comments »

Haven’t been on the site much lately. In August I moved from Hawaii to the San Francisco area, left the active duty Army, traveled across the country, and started a new job. My wife and I like the new place and the area, but my only complaint so far is that I don’t have a garage to set up shop in. The only thing I have to work with is this old dungeon of a cellar. It doesn’t extend under the whole house unfortunately and for some reason the landlord has a ton of old real...

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Part 2: The dust never ends.

1369 days ago by WoodenSoldier | 8 comments »

Made some good progress in getting my shop cleaned up and organized. As some of you have pointed out, what’s the point in putting money into a place you’re renting? I agree with that to some extent. I’m certainly not trying to increase the value of the property, but on the other hand, if my hobby is woodworking, and its one of the things that keeps me sane and helps me relax, then I want to do it in a space I can enjoy. With that said, I am trying to do this as cheaply a...

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Part 3: Fixing Walls, painting, and organizing.

1349 days ago by WoodenSoldier | 2 comments »

Still working slowly on getting the shop in shape and determined to do it cheaply since I’m renting. I have been getting a good supply of plywood at work when we throw it out so I’ve been able to reuse a lot of materials. I found an 8×4 sheet of ply with one side coated with white plastic which has been great. I’ve been using that to fill in the gaps above the block walls. Its great stuff because its already white and it wipes clean so easily. Also today I ma...

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Part 4: Lumber storage

1342 days ago by WoodenSoldier | 2 comments »

Spent a little time today finishing my lumber storage rack. Since I work in a small basement and my planer and bandsaw are kept in a shed out back it only makes sense for me to store my wood out back too. I got the shelves from work, and today I picked up a piece of OSB and some flberglass corrugated roof panels to protect it from the rain.I’m pretty happy with it and I think it will work well. Does anyone have any other tips for storing wood outdoors? It’s not beaut...

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Part 5: New House, new shop

1031 days ago by WoodenSoldier | 2 comments »

So I moved about a month ago into my first home with a real garage. The two car garage is all mine, no cars allowed! Very exciting.Anyway, I have lots of cabinet space, which is great, but not much wall room. Since I only have one wall, to hang things on, I have to make it count. That one wall just happens to be 14 feet tall so I want to use every bit of it.At my last place, I had to keep a lot of my wood outdoors so I wanted to build an indoor rack this time. This one that I built is a ...

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Part 6: The tragic tale of why woodworking and alcohol don't mix.

957 days ago by WoodenSoldier | 6 comments »

It’s worse than you might think…Not really. I do usually like to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer while I work in the shop. Never more than one. This evening I was working on a table I’m making and I was sanding the aprons with the ROS. I had a glass of wine in a tumbler nearby that I was sipping from. I don’t know about you, but when I’m sanding for hours, I have my headphones on and I tend to zone out. I didn’t notice my glass of wine was slowly vibr...

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