I have had a number of changes in my life over the course of the last year. I was a little spoiled over the last five years with a job that I could work from home and a schedule that allowed a somewhat normal pattern of sleep. I have been adjusting to the midnight shift and a couple hour drive each day. I don’t expect much sympathy here, I am grateful that I am still gainfully employed :) But it has caused me to have to reassess how I spend time on my hobby. Kiids, relationships, wor...
Hello !I’ll be cutting down my 25 year old Wisteria real soon and I’m not really sure what the best way to dry it before using it. In the garage, outside under my covered shed or in the basement in the heating room? There is a lot of wood for several walking sticks and the main trunk is approximately 4ft long and 5” to 6a” thick. Should I take the bark off before drying or after ? I hope someone ca help me. Thank you, Ken
Finally, all moved into my first house, and workshop! took forever to get the modem installed!!heres the before picture of my little workshop before we moved in and here’s after, well more during, i have a lot of plans for this little shop most of what you see is just temporary to be organized during a few renovations we have going on step 1 – clean upstep 2 – is going to happen at the end of this month, im replacing the 99$ ryobi saw with a Ridgid table to...
OK so a while back we moved into a new house… just when I had finished my workshop in the other one…grrrr… To top it all off, I was relocated for 6 months at work (working on the G20 Summit) so we hired movers and my wife made the executive decisions regarding the move. My machinery and tools made it over but my workbench and cabinets were graciously donated to the new owner of our old place. So now I have a basement that is chock full of stuff from the move that I need t...
I’m installing a wood rack I built and would appreciate any input as to mounting. This is going in a dingy basement. In fact, it is going in the only room remaining that still has a dirt floor. The rack has been built and consists of 4 vertical supports as follows: The room where it is going looks something like this: The rack will be mounted on the right-hand wall like this: The vertical pieces will be supported by a simple 2×4 lying flat on the floor. Vertica...
Still working slowly on getting the shop in shape and determined to do it cheaply since I’m renting. I have been getting a good supply of plywood at work when we throw it out so I’ve been able to reuse a lot of materials. I found an 8×4 sheet of ply with one side coated with white plastic which has been great. I’ve been using that to fill in the gaps above the block walls. Its great stuff because its already white and it wipes clean so easily. Also today I ma...
Greetings Lumberjocks, Two years ago I finally got a space for my own. The basement of MY own house! Later I will explain how the shop has grown, but for now, I will just say, how great it is to have a space to express my creative side. Financial limitations (child support – love and support my kids always – but VERY expensive) have plagued me for years (and still do) but I have managed to aquire a decent collection of tools of a budget. I appreciate all the expertice fou...
Haven’t been on the site much lately. In August I moved from Hawaii to the San Francisco area, left the active duty Army, traveled across the country, and started a new job. My wife and I like the new place and the area, but my only complaint so far is that I don’t have a garage to set up shop in. The only thing I have to work with is this old dungeon of a cellar. It doesn’t extend under the whole house unfortunately and for some reason the landlord has a ton of old real...
If anybody has been following my workshop updates, you’ll be familiar with the fact that I barely even have a “workshop” right now; it’s more like a tornado dropped tools, parts of a forest, and piles of sawdust and woodchips in my basement. I can only imagine that this is a freak occurrence, and it just so happened to pick my exact latitude and longitude. Maybe I should contact NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, CO since they’re just a s...
I spent a loud morning dragging my washer and dryer across the basement. Once they were out of the way I settled in for a grimy and dull bout of wall scraping and brushing. I also gave eviction papers to some 347 spiders of various sizes, most of whom went peacefully and without protest. I am so pleased with the ‘peacefully and without protest’ aspect of my spider eviction operation that I am adamantly refusing to think of where they might have relocated too. I have al...
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