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Underway again...finally #17: Unbelievable - actually finished something...2 somethings even!

12-06-2017 01:45 AM by JohnTM | 0 comments »

Well, the title kinda gives my day away. But I finished the lumber rack…. the 2nd something is further down the entry. Here’s what I’m hoping to store on the rack – currently stored on the white table and 2 sawhorses behind my stack-of-4-pallets-laying-on-the-ground-worktable situated behind my Prius.Trying not to have things get wet seems to be a big motivator. I started bright and early (though I was not birght-eyed or bushy-tailed energy wise) – 8am, which ...

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Underway again...finally #16: 95%, okay, 85% finished with lumber rack

12-05-2017 01:30 AM by JohnTM | 3 comments »

I must be the SLOWEST of the SLOW as far as woodworking goes. I got all 4 of the major/vertical supports built. They each look like this: As you can see, what probably looks like over-engineered joint supports is what I had to do because, no matter how much I tweaked my cuts, there were gaps (ex., a 45degree cut meets an adjoining edge fine IF AND ONLY IF the adjoining piece is tilted to match the 45degree edge). Poor workmanship on my part, obviously. Probably should have been more ...

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Green house 2 #7: Day 6

08-29-2017 08:27 PM by wlusink | 2 comments »

Day 6 was my ‘mortise and tenon joint’ day. All the tenons I made with my hand saw. The first two mortises I made with chisel and hammer only. They weren’t straight and they were a lot of work :-)After that I pre-drilled some holes around the edge of the mortises and then used the chisel to cut out the hole. This was quicker and lighter. However, the holes were still not straight. I guess it’s easier to create the mortises on a work bench, than the way I did it: right on the installed b...

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Green house 2 #6: Day 5

08-29-2017 08:25 PM by wlusink | 0 comments »

On this day, I continued the work on the table top / main shelf. I had to re-do some 1×3’s due to a lack of planning All in all it didn’t seem like a lot of progress, but as you all know, a good preparation is half the work.

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Green house 2 #5: Day 4

08-29-2017 08:21 PM by wlusink | 0 comments »

On day 4 I got a little more creative. To support the lower storage shelf (see the 1st photo) I made up this solution. I wanted to have 1×3’s all around at the same height for the main shelving/tabletop, so somehow they had to cross. See below for some pictures of what I came up with. I have no idea if this is at all usual in woodworking, but for me it worked This last picture is the end status on day 4

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Green house 2 #4: Day 3

08-29-2017 08:15 PM by wlusink | 0 comments »

Now it’s standing vertically, and the top and bottom are at the correct distances. Note that the middle leg, and the front most leg are warped. I had to go get more lumber and replace them

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Green house 2 #3: Day 2

08-29-2017 08:14 PM by wlusink | 0 comments »

Between day 1 and day 2, the plans changed. Instead of a 6’6″ x 3’3″ rectangular surface, the plans were now a 6’6″ x 6’6″ L-shape. The diagonal 1×3’s make the structure stand vertically.

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Green house 2 #2: Day 1

08-29-2017 08:13 PM by wlusink | 0 comments »

on day 1 I layed out the ground plan, and fixed the vertical beams on the top. In hindsight, I should have fixed the bottom part, but that’s a piece of experience I gained

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Green house 2 #1: introduction

08-29-2017 08:12 PM by wlusink | 0 comments »

So, what happens when your sister in law has an orchid passion as well? (referring to my other blog post about orchid green houses) Your wife will ask you to build a green house for your sister in law. And what do we do? We build the green house, of course! And we like it that way! The requirements were slightly different this time. The idea was to keep the green house more open, as opposed to have it fully covered in netting. This is the current state, after 6 4hour days: (see th...

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Bed build #1: Catching up

07-16-2017 01:16 PM by Scout989 | 0 comments »

Okay, this is the first project I’m blogging, so please bear with me and drop me a line if you have suggestions for improvements. This is my second major build, and the first I plan to record at all. I am now building a California king bedframe for a couple friends of mine. I have no real idea what the style is called, but I’ve been mentally designating it “farmhouse style.” This bed is being built with poplar, as it was cheap enough that I could afford to replace ...

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