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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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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