Well, this will be my 6th active blog. I’m spreading myself a bit thin. My wife and I learned that we are are having another baby in the near future. I decided I want to build something for our latest addition and after a lot of thought, concluded that a toy chest/blanket chest is probably the best choice. It doesn’t need to be done immediately (good since I’ll be busy), it can be used to hold items for the baby, when she is older it can hold toys, and finally it can g...
Well, Neil has been making such good progress on his blog, it inspired me to get some work done. His work is here (but seriously Neil, these should be in blogs so I don’t miss em’ (-: )part 1part 2part 3part 4 So my plan was to build a Mr Sawdust table. The problem is that the instructions to size the table require you to measure the travel in the arm. Since my saw was 80% disassembled, I figured a change of plans was in order. One of the few problems with my old saw was t...
This past weekend my wife was nice enough to forgo her own hobby to watch our daughter and I got about 8 hours in the garage to work. I’m desperate to get as much done on my jointer as possible because as you can see, it is completely stealing my wife’s parking spot (but it is shinier than the car!). I’m going to try and explain the processes I went through while providing before and after. Sorry the shots aren’t from a consistent angle. I didn’t really...
Well, here is the other big tool purchase I made recently (spray can for scale). closer shot: This saw was posted on ebay, but there appeared to be some inaccurate information on it (model number never existed, blade size was incorrect, serial number was never produced, etc). I wasn’t able to get answers to my questions before bidding closed, so I passed on it. Apparently everyone else did too. I suspect it was a combination of a confusing description, making a big purchase w...
I got this tool at a GREAT price on craigslist about a year ago. I actually remember the day. I was listening to the Hokie game on the radio on the way back from my purchase and I literally RAN into the house to see my Hokies complete one of the greatest comeback drives I’ve witnessed in my 15 years of watching Hokie football. Tyrod Taylor had lofted an 80 yard pass to Danny Coale against Nebraska and was about to complete the comback with an amazing scramble and touchdown pass just ...
Sorry this component of my dust collection system didn’t get broken down into steps better, but I was juggling so many things at once (workshop and family related) that I couldn’t get good photos and keep up with the posts. Here is the dust collector that I built from a recycled AC blower unit and how I came up with the design. I had a perfect spot high on an empty wall. It would be out of the way, but central enough to get good air circulation. Here is my planned location. ...
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