Well Sunday I finally got around to start building a new dust collection hood for behind my new miter saw. I had one behind my old miter saw but this new saw is wider and I had to redo the bench for it to fit thus making the old hood too small to cover the area needed. Been without one for about a year because I also picked up the Delta 12” RAS and had to redo the bench for that to fit also. So I wasn’t about to build a hood until both the RAS and miter saw were firmly mounted in ...
This is just to show some of the things that you can do when you design your own shop. I knew that I wanted storage in the attic so I had the roof trusses designed with an opening in the middle. I basically told them the span (24 feet), and the pitch (the same as the house) and they designed the biggest possible opening in the middle or the truss. It came out to 9 feet wide by 5’10” high. With a shop length of 40 feet that gave me 360 sq/ft for storage. I also wanted a small...
I think that I have kind of a unique dust collection system so I did a separate video on just it. What makes it different from most is that I built it under the concrete slab. I was able to do this because I designed and built the shop from the ground up for just being a wood shop. I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. the first and foremost is not to have a bunch of pipes all over the walls and across the floor. I put pipes under the concrete going across the floor from left to ...
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Well, since everyone seems to be doing a tour of their shop I thought I would give one of my own. I am going to do it in three parts. 1. The main shop. – 10 minutes2. The dust collection system – 5 minutes3. And real quick tour of the attic and office – 3 minutes First let me tell you, I am not a videographer so don’t expect to see anything real exciting of fancy. Enjoy
If I had one machinery purchase to do over again it would be to buy an 8” jointer and instead of a 6” model. My desire to use wider boards on this project led to a lot of time with my hand planes. I planed one face of each board flat and then ran them through my planer to get them to the proper thickness. After laying out the panels I put the mating glue joints up in my face vise and planed them with my trusty Stanley #7. I feel that doing this always gives me a really great glue ...
Well i have my first xmas craft fair on sunday and the list of things to do is mounting up, looking forward to it but have a bit of work to do first, i suppose being made unemployed will aid my progresion. made a batch of honey dippers to sell and at the end of the batch was getting quicker and quicker so decided to record it, i am in no way a production turner and only ever recived one lesson in turning so i do a lot of things arse ways but thats just how i taught myself… cheers goo...
Here’s the two reels after I strategically removed about half the wood. It’s still strong, but a whole lot lighter to stuff into the luggage. We’ve addressed the canting keel problem of the camera, and we got our camera/enclosure in the mail today, so I think we’re set. I figured out how to invert .avi video, so we’re going to hang the camera upside down from the middle of the parallel linkage. Tomorrow, we’re going to jump on a boat for an hour and...
In part one of this series I showed you many of the hand tools I have accumulated over the years. I guess having fantastic tools doesn’t mean much if you never use them. To be honest, I owned several of mine long before I really knew how to properly tune-up, sharpen, or use them. I guess having my Bridge City planes kinda of spoiled me, because they were so good from the box, I needed no skill to set them up or sharpen them. Then I bought a Leigh-Nielson low angle block plane. It too ne...
Put in a good days work in the shop and man did it feel good. You know those days where it just flows. Today was one of those. I had an HVAC contractor come over today to look at the furnace so I just started chopping out mortises for the spindles while he worked. I used a mortise chisel for the first time and really liked the way it performed versus a bench chisel for that task. I finished the mortise and tenons for the chair back rails and stiles. In the picture its just standing upright on...
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