I was going to cover over this window, I decided some extra natural light would be nice. Thanks again to Barb on taking most of these pictures.
Well, I have moved most of my tools from the garage to the workshop. So, I guess I am moved in. I have installed a lumber rack. I am assembling my new dust collector in the sound proofed closet. Then I need to build a plywood storage rack and two sets of cabinets for storage. One row of cabinets will be the surface for a compound miter saw. The other cabinets are the surface for the planer. Finally, I have to install ducting for the dust collection system.I am considering Norfab, 6” PV...
My garage has only a 7’ ceiling, so I pulled out the ceiling joists, & added 2 X 4s with 9” plywood gussets to the rafters to accommodate 9” R-30 insulation. I did this in my existing shop about 18 years ago. Doing this took out about 2” of sag in the old rafters.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I had a small bubble type skylight leftover from the other shop that I hadn’t used, so I installed it in this ceiling. For such a smal...
Awhile back I had to do some scroll sawing with the table tilted. I found it difficult to hold the workpiece and move it around on the tilt, so I started trying to figure a way where I could keep the table flat and still saw at an angle. That required that I would have to be able to tilt the whole saw. I also wanted a scrollsaw table that was easily adjustable in height. This feature was important because my grandkids use the scrollsaw too, and they are still a lot shorter than me. I don...
During my short tenure with LJs, I have reaped a massive amount of information, tips and techniques pertaining to woodworking in general, tools for the shop and shop setup. The last couple of weeks, I have added a few items, subtracted some things and spent a lot of time practicing procedures. After spending a few evenings in the shop with a cold nose and numb hands, I decided it was time for some heat. One of my colleagues had given me a reclaimed propane heater, which was beat up and lea...
I finally received my shipment from Rockler. I opened up the packaging for one set of the AA powered quartz movement w/ pendulum and one package of the hands that I had selected. I assembled them and hung them on the wall. It took me a second (literally) to realize that the second hand was moving backwards. Also, the pendulum wouldn’t keep swinging. The hands also kept coming off the drive shaft. I reassembled after verifying the diagram on the back of the packaging. Still unacce...
Well, I don’t actually miss it. I have to wheel it out of the way every time I want to get to my workbench but I do miss working on fixing it up. It has been 16 days since I last posted anything about it and then it was just a video saying I hadn’t been able to work on it in 8 days. That’s like over 3 weeks of no progress.. WTF? I have been very busy doing home improvement type projects (Honey Do list stuff mostly). On a positive note, I did get the paint from De...
I’m making my first box (either a jewelry box or a nice tea box for the kitchen) and got to work on the sides and bottom last night. When I got everything cut out, and dry fit it all together, it fit perfectly! For someone who has struggled with making things square and getting mitered joint to line up even reasonably, I was literally jumping for joy! Hopefully another couple of night of work and I’ll be done. -Mike
Yes, we’ve all been there, falling for the instant product whose convenience makes it irresistable, but which always delivers less than it promises. I’m currently mid-way through a major project to build a full set of kitchen cabinets. Being a modern Scandinavian-American sort of guy, I like the stark look of clean lines so I went with a European frameless design for the cabinets. I’m using maple plywood (with veneer so thin that it’s more like “essence of map...
biog is all new to me and I hope this will help me to get beater.. I just got done with my first project it is a coffee cart for my church. The first Sunday it was used I could not go or I did not want to go .I did not want to hear if it was bad workmanship or you should have done it this way or not bad for you first time . but my wife told me it was all good come backs and they all love it . I learned a lot from this project and I will do better on the next project I do .I should not say ...
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