I finally ran the numbers. My shop is a 1-car rental garage in cramped, suburban LA. Making things extra strange is that there is a 6’ tall cinder block wall running down one side of the property that terminates right at the corner of my garage. It actually buts into it, overlapping the wall by the width of the cinder blocks. The fence around the back of the property passes about 4’ behind the garage, giving me a little tree-covered (Hollywood Junipers and Ficus benjamina) area I ...
So over the weekend I stopped by the individual who sold me the dust collector. For another $20 I got 30 foot of 4” hose and some connectors. I then went from there to the Woodcraft store and purchased a cyclone separator lid and some other fittings to adapt to the 2 1/2 ports on the Shopsmith and called it a day. I know when it’s more time/money efficient to just purchase something rather than jumping through the hoops. $25 got me into protecting the impeller blades on the dus...
This past weekend was a lot of fun. Peggy and I went to two woodworking shows and a wood working store. It’s a new affliction we have—with the new shop toys we are looking at what we “can’t live without”. Thankfully nothing else followed us home, but we did get pretty excited about dust collectors. When we were doing the Christmas gifts the sawdust being generated was being dragged into the house each time we’d come in from the garage. Peggy looked pret...
The pictures don’t tell the whole tale, but they give you a glimpse. I wish we had a time lapse version of what’s happening in the garage, but I’m not taking the time to setup a web cam there. You can see the progress for yourself: And as you can see . . . it’s actually pretty close to my model. For right now we’re going back into a defensive mode and getting projects that were started (aka – the trash can holder) done and off ...
Northeast Georgia is already into the mid-90’s and sawdust just seems to cake onto everything now. My shop is not air-conditioned, though I do have a window fan that helps a bit. I say shop, but really I just mean “the place where my tools occupy floor space.” It’s the garage, and actually just a storage location at that. We’re planning to do some major work out there, but I’m running out of time. My wife and I are expecting a baby girl this November an...
I pushed that orange cart down the main race way of the local Home Depot heading toward the tool coral. There’s nothing I really need there, it’s just part of the routine I supposed. I bumped into Don who works at the appliance section. “What are you building now? “ He asked as he peered into the cart. A hedge clipper and a garden hose repair kit was all that’s in. “Stupid garden, really cuts into valuable woodshop time.” I replied. He laughed. I continued pushing the cart as ...
Hi All… All of our shops have to be at least a little organized for any type of efficient production, not to mention the safety reasons that also follow in this category. I’m beginning to get my shop organized, and I’m looking for some ideas. Any kind of storage, carts, benches, containers, ideas, etc, would help… pictures or links to plans if you have them would be GREAT! Also, please consider posting links to past threads here about shop organizing if you’...
I was able to use my new workbench the other day to modify a cabinet door for a client. I did this favor so that I can test out my new bench. This opportunity gave me a chance to see the workability of the piece and what I need to build or modify to streamline the place. I realized I either need a bigger workbench or, I’m going to get my frequently used tools on the wall. But I didn’t get much shop time today to build my wall organization system. I blame daylight savings time. But the...
Well here they are, my first attempt at cabinets. I decided I needed additional storage and organization in my shop. So I started building these a few months ago, in between other goings ons. They are primarily built out of scrap and I used the Kreg Jig to join them. I based them loosely off of an article in “Shop Notes” and a cabinetry book I bought a while ago. I say loosely as due to using the scrap wood (and it being my first attempt :) ) I made some changes, some of which I n...
Yesterday I sold my Ridgid (sniff).Goodbye little buddy. But…... I got my new saw delivered and set up too… : ) manuals galoreand wired with a dedicated circuit today. But along with mo tools/mo problems I started feeling another space crunch. My bench is tall so I can’t outfeed onto it without lowering it or raising the saw. I got stressed about it last night and woke up thinking about my shop layout. So I reread a few articles and decided to try a diagonal la...
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