Day to day life #9: Back in the shop

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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 02-29-2012 12:04 PM 1172 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After about two months I have now finished with my work in the house, painting walls, installing trim, so on and so forth. It has been very gratifying to get all of these projects completed, the house looks really good now and most importantly my wife loves it. Here are a few of the projects;

When I was last working in the shop I had cut out most of the parts for Tom’s new bed before I had to put it on the back burner so that I could move our 19 year old back home from college. Yesterday I cleaned the shop that consisted of putting tools away and blowing out the dust that had settled on everything. Sometime during my time away from the shop I had purchased a dust collection system for my router table. I had installed it to the table but never hooked it up to the Dust-Vac system and need an attachment to make this happen. With no woodworking store closer than an hour from the house I headed to Lowe’s knowing all too well that there isn’t anything there that would fit. My father is a retired mill wright by trade he can make anything work again using whatever is on hand and that ability has been passed on to me after many years of him helping me out. After an hour of hooking up and taking apart PVC pipe fittings I found a coupler that fit and stayed in place with the help of caulk construction adhesive. Now together, I set up the router table with a 45 degree Miter bit from Lee Valley. The bit will allow me to present all four sides of the legs with quarter sawn grain. This will be the first time I have used the bit and from what I have seen make beautiful legs.
Now I don’t want you to think that I am back in the shop uninterrupted! Sometime this spring my wife will start building her new veterinary clinic and that will require me to once again step away from the shop too put on a general contractor hat. I’m actually looking forward to this because I will get to build her reception desk, one examination station and an exam table for the second room that folds down when she sees big dogs/isn’t needed. And that’s not all because my Cub Scout Webelo One den has a one week resident camp at the end of July. Seven nine year old boys in the woods for one week, I may never recover from that one.
Life goes on like it or not so you might as well make the best of it. Cheers!

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 02:51 PM

Your home is looking great, that’s a beautiful bed. Have a good time in the shop while you can.

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 02:53 PM

Nice work. What’s with the door with the notch in it?

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 01:18 AM

That covers my fuse box. The box was too high and against the duct work. So this was the only alternative that I had. Frankly I was pretty tired of remodeling and should have put more into it but, I didn’t.
Bill thanks! I didn’t build that bed it came from a box store and is not as sturdy as it looks. The rails are not thick enough and it actually collapsed on me twice. I am building my son a new bed right now and in a couple of weeks I will start a new bed for my wife. Keep your eyes on the new projects. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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