Vintage Tools,Old Garage and Squirrels oh my!

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Blog entry by Yupa4242 posted 04-13-2011 05:58 AM 3078 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hopefully I have finally figured this blog thing out ?? Why can I build computers but have so so much trouble with software ARGH!! ... peanutz!!

This I hope will be an attemp at my newest part time hobby In the hopes of making a less undesired living pad a nice one to live in :)

Tools Tools and yes more Tools
My best friend’s In Life were my Father and Grandfather who both got into woodworking more so graddad James.

I only wish now knowing I want to know now I wish I would have asked then would have been more rewarding experience.
Grampa Nick/James “Big Daddy” as he was known In my years as just a toddler learning to walk was a Methodist Minister and was a in the heart of Iowa.Also proud of him he was a Merchant Marine as well, And like so many of us have hobbies he had a gift for woodworking and his projects were heirloom quality pieces and there HEAVY. Chests,Clocks,Stands,Racks and oddites like 2 canoes framed by wood into a catamaran with an outboard motor. He made me a mini clock ,hat rack ,and dresser

all oak even most of the internals are oak too. I really should hyperlink the items when I figure it out. :) .. But much later in Grappa’s life he retired much of the wood hobby and tools to various family and too my father. The Oak Dresser is in need of major repair and I hope to get help in the future with this task.

My father James Bennett Nicholson went by as Dad or to the family and cousins as Jimmy followed his father as best he could In his limited space and fashion created plaques and shadow boxes for the Navy he served, I have his Jig Template he made and his work table he fashioned as his mobile work shop in the garage. He made a large spice rack
Dad let me and my brother In law go through his tools before he passed but it was hard the pocess made thing seem to final. But I had wanted to share in some of the items with him as I went through these things but frankly his Illness did not give him much memories of what most of the stuff was that he had which also made it the more difficult during the pack up. Frankly woodworking got side stepped in his later life when golfing became his best hobby. And the woods and tools took up space In the garage where the clubs and car needed to be. Tommy and Me went through the tools but he really did not have room for all the stuff . He already had an air compressor,and nailers decided to take a few doubles of things and the old saw since Dad insisted I buy a good one and learn as I go with what he had . So thats where I am now.

for me according to my design. I’m so glad to have it something my Dad made for me to use and cherish.

The Garage !!
I rent a lake property on Lake Wisconsin and am blessed with a garage to house all my tools and things and over the year I’ve been putting together all the piece and parts of Dad’s stuff.

A HP homemade shaper this thing scares the @#$% out of me not safe (yet)
Craftsman Radial Arm Saw with no stand

Near mint Jet Planer (nice find I do say ) But I did try using it only to discover that it only allows 1/16” at a time I so got spoiled at the window factory

3 jig saws,5 drills with cords , long horizontal belt sander, few palm sanders,one orbital that shoots sparks ,old craftsman router also shoots sparks and got shocked from had to toss it, a table belt /disc sander(4” Delta) I think i can fix this, a craftsman drill press, 9” bandsaw,3 socket sets, 12 pairs of hex sets lol ( i only can suppose Dad just went and bought new set everytime he lost the other), 4 tubs of hand tools, 3 doz shaper heads, 2 complete carbide tipped router heads kits, and 2 really nice fostner flush bits 1” to 5” , and tons of bits and do hickies!!

I likley forgot a few other things but it became very clear I needed a new table saw, and router/table,and jointer(will sufice to a router jig Jointer for time being)

So yes still trying to sort out the good from the bad and the safe to the toss pile after nearly shocking myself with the Craftsman Router I have decided to make a closer candid look over the rest of the tools.

And yes I did order a table saw only after 6 months or research I settled on a Jet JS-10 Proshop 30” Hybrid with Cast Iron Wings through Woodcraft of Madison. It was a toss up over the Grizzly,Jet, or General Int since I’m limited to 115v at the present time.

And did I say SQUIRRELS yes they live In my workshop and they have no fear. 2 days ago I was cleaning and 3 popped out on the shelf to greet me. They eventualy are gonna have to go but I have no legal way rid them from my property since there protected on the Island …...grrr. already had to toss all my rolls of cardboard, and paper that was all chewed up , and frankly they been chewing on my unfinished leg posts … I made them 3 squirrel boxes which they have failed to relocate too as yet. And the pricey peanuts end up as shell shrapnal all over my tools in the garage.. good grief!

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 08:28 AM

Put a bunch of moth balls in your shop , and the squirrels will likely vacate the premises.

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 10:18 AM

clear the shop along the walls and close all holes most be the fist to do
they wuold proppebly try to mess with the cords and wiring on the tools too
you deffently need to have a critterprove shop
after you get rit of them then go thrugh every single tool to check them out
so they want surprice you with any hasard

sorry for your losses , its a great picture you have there , I wish I cuold say the same
looking forward to hear about the progress of the shopbuilding

take care

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 03:56 PM

Thanks for the suggestions mates!! I’m not real sure how this blogger thing really works??? Do I just open edit and add more story or just reply to my own storie in the comments or is there another method? I’ll figer it out eventually. :D

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 04:10 PM

i think that would depent on if you think something is missing in the blog /project like pictures
or importen infomation
or if you want to answers on comments
and you can do both

in many blogs I have seen importen information is added further down in the blog
sometimes from others
a few do write these information too in the head blog and give the one who give the info the benefit
you will see all the abow over time

a good thing to add when you do it in the headblog is to type …. Edit: in the start of what you add to it
and make a short comment to your own blog so people who follow the blog / project
on there warchlist can see it

take care

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#5 posted 04-14-2011 04:16 AM

Get a shop cat and your squirrel problems will go away!A female will be best as they seem to be better hunters.They like to chew phone and electrical wires and can cause fires as well as being a general pain in the rear. “Protected”,what is that all about?That will never happen in Oklahoma!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-14-2011 07:48 AM

All good suggestions always wanted a cat but my dog hates cats:( The garage has a limited power source I can run 3 shop lights and the vac and maybe a 3rd light tool. I have a 2nd extention cord running to the main breaker at the house on dry days. I’ll post pics soon :) In the shop section :)

-- "If the Universe is Infinite, Then all dreams are real."

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#7 posted 04-14-2011 01:59 PM

This was a nice story and you seem to be making a lot of progress towards a wonderful shop. BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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