Well… back in September of 2013 I started this blog about making changes to my shop. There have been so many changes. It’s hard to believe. After feeling really discouraged I spent this past weekend making more changes. I mean…. we got up that morning and I said… “hey… we are going to do this!”. My poor children had no warning. So let’s look back for a second. Here was my “Shop” back in 2012. Yeah…. you are probably s...
Hello Alll, I have been tearing down an old house since last October. Today the basement got bulldozed in. Imagine my satisfaction! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwO4MgMxfoQ
Hello All, It’s tee-shirt weather again. So I can resume my house demolition project. I gave my neighbor the columns and railings off the front porch. He came for them and left the awning propped up with boards. So i took my sledge hammer and had a little fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saN0coY8DWE
I made use of good February weather to take the walls out of the house I am tearing down. Here is a neat time-lapse film of the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbOe-kJuZ3Q
Hello All, My wife and I bought the neighboring house. It was built in 1875, and had been abandoned for a year and a half. We wanted to expand our yard and use the building timbers to make other things with – new garage, lumber storage racks, bench swing, etc. It is quite an undertaking, and I am shooting videos of the process. Come have a tour of the place while it still stands! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAUotLJeMcE
The other night I spied with my little wood-crazed eyes, a pallet with exceptional color and figure that is the same wood as I had salvaged from a disassembled dolly of sorts in topic: What species is this?? Wood Identification help Here is what i saw that piqued my interest: So I went shopping the following day on my lunch break to that big orange Home Center, and came away with some great tools for breaking down this pallet. (reviews forthcoming, they all performed awesomely) ...
With the behemoth out of the corner, the bulk of the demolition was done. I still had to take down the cabinets, but I decided to go through the junk in the garage first to clear out some space. I should have done this a week or two ago when I piled it all up in one spot, because now I was effectively undoing all that work. Oh well. I sorted everything into three piles: my stuff, my wife’s stuff, and garbage. The garbage piled turned out to be the biggest of the bunch. We appare...
It has only been four short years since I bought my first house. At the time I had no handyman skills to speak of; heck I didn’t even know how to use a drill without obliterating the screw heads. What can I say, I’ve been a bit sheltered, but life is good, and I have been learning more and more since moving in. At any rate, as far as I was concerned a garage was where the cars and outdoor tools lived. No more, no less. Nearly a year ago, I decided to take up woodworking as ...
Cora’s, a local Mexican restaurant went out of business recently. On my way back from the bearing shop with the new bits for my planer this past week I noticed a crew tearing the insides out. I stopped in and asked if I could look through their scrap pile for free wood, and as happens pretty much always here in west LA, they looked at me, shrugged their shoulders, and said “sure.” There’s wasn’t much, and nothing great, but the wood looked old, and I t...
Here’s a good one for you home re-modelers out there.My Son recently talked to a friend of his from Minneapolis. He bought a fixer upper home that he planned on reselling. He invested a lot of his sweat, time, and money into it.He had recently sold the home, and about a week after selling it, he happened to drive past the old place, & to his astonishment, the house was no longer there. The people who purchased it, demolished it to build a new home.
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