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Level floor for garage workshop #6: Completing 2/3 of the floor

11-20-2015 04:59 PM by jciccare | 1 comment »

With the support framing in place it was time to add the floor in 2/3 of the shop area. The other 1/3 would await framing of the low-clearance corner. I had scored 12 sheets of tongue-and-groove 3/4” construction ply off Craigslist. I was a bit worried that the ragged-looking tongues and grooves would require time-consuming rework in order to mate but that turned out not to be an issue—a simple pass with a wire brush and hand saw took care of the minor defects. I started a...

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In Howie's Shop: thoughts and work in progress...

11-20-2015 04:32 PM by HappyHowie | 8 comments »

I have been sending text messages to two of my sons and at times to my two daughters. I would send photos and comments of what I was doing today in my woodshop. I am probably boring them, most of the time. Today I had the thought that I should put my thoughts and updates to work-in-progress in an online blog. So this is what this thread will be. Text in my blog can sit there and bore nobody, or someone who chooses to be. I will simply start with stuff I am working on today, without bac...

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Level floor for garage workshop #5: Intermediate supports for the floor joists

11-20-2015 03:16 PM by jciccare | 0 comments »

When designing the floor system, because of the large variation in needed support height (1” near the “shallow” end, ~15” near the “deep end”) and the concrete floor’s compound slope, I had decided against using tapered PT joists (2×12 / 2×10 / 2×8 / 2×6…) anchored directly to the concrete floor. Instead, the floor would be supported on 12’ 2×4s whose ends attach to the perimeter using Simpson joist hangers, with ...

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Level floor for garage workshop #4: Completing the perimeter with cripple walls

11-20-2015 02:43 PM by jciccare | 0 comments »

Three sides of the shop, shown in the previous blog entry, have existing walls. The fourth side, at the mid-line of the garage, is two steps (12”-15”) above the compound-sloped concrete floor. I built two cripple walls to support those ends of the floor joists—a long straight run between the glu-lam beam’s support columns, and a shorter segmented run near the back doors that is indented to accommodate the french doors’ in-swing. (A few photos are from later ...

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Hints and Tips #17: DIY Small Sanding Spindle

11-20-2015 02:32 PM by Dave Rutan | 7 comments »

I needed a small sanding spindle to sand the small corners of a project I’m working on. My store bought sanding spindle is too big and I didn’t want to go out and buy one, plus even the smallest one in the store is too big. [Above] I found a 4 inch long piece of aluminum rod. It’s a little bigger in diameter than 1/4 inch. I used a hack saw to cut a slot down its lengthy about 1-1/2 inches long. [Above] I cut a piece of sandpaper about 2 inches long to fit ...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1657: Some More New Things

11-20-2015 01:42 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 0 comments »

Today is one of those days when I debated whether I should blog or not. Yesterday was one of those crazy/busy days when I finished my "work" at 11:30 pm (after being at it pretty much since I got up early in the morning!)  I am still looking at 91 emails in my mail box – 31 which aren't open yet – that need attention. Ahh . . . the luxury of being 'self-employed'!  :)I say that with a smile because those of you who read regularly know how much ...

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Slow Days at the Shop. #5: Making a guide for my Makita D handled routers

11-20-2015 10:20 AM by fatman51 | 2 comments »

I like these routers. The D handle allows for controlled single handed operation of the tool while holding the workpiece with the other. I have 3 of these routers and none of them came with a guide. I wanted a guide for one of them the other day and found myself wishing that I had ordered one, as I was not able to put off the project until I could get one. I decided to order 2 and make 1 so that I could use the router I wanted to use on the project at hand. A radial arm saw will do...

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All Knotted Up #2: or, How Design Changes Take Place

11-20-2015 08:07 AM by Mark Wilson | 6 comments »

I’m gonna let the inserted captions tell the story. I’m exhausted. A picture speaks a thousand words. Sixty-five photos…well, you do the math. Almost done. The next entry will be the finished Thing, posted as a Project. Enjoy. And, thanks for your help.. It’s 0004, Friday. RBS and company left Tuesday. They still don’t know. I asked her, “If I ask you to take me to get a haircut, will you stay another ...

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Videos #9: Hibiscus Vase #9 or, The Final Part

11-20-2015 05:04 AM by Mark Wilson | 4 comments »

This is the final video in the series. It seems to end abruptly, before the Vase is actually finished. Some of the clips I made (and there were about two hours’-worth) fell through a black hole in my computer. I will, henceforth, be putting more effort into the pre/post processing arrangement of all the bits and pieces. But, that’s okay. 1) I got the point across, andl B) You can see the final Piece, in all her glory, in my Lumberjocks Gallery. This video is about 11:00 minutes lo...

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handtool workbench #12: Putting it all together - part 1

11-20-2015 04:57 AM by Tugboater78 | 3 comments »

So i reckon i got too excited to get this together so not many pictures but I will try to explain as I can. Sure to be many edits…as i am posting this from memory i will do specifics later. So I left off with dryfitting my leg assemblies, i think. I took those assemblies and mated them to my top slab and aprons with clamps, while in my tight shop that night. I just had to see what it would look like. The next morning drug everything out onto my carport. And put it all together ...

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