All I have to say is that the rack is up and it is going to create a TON of free space, especially that wall! I am going to be able to get a lathe in there some day instead of having a mess of sheet goods! I added extra storage above the rack too. I have a place to sticker lumber now! Please take a look and leave your comments to let me know what you think!
(Note: This blog is the most current, as of November 16. It should be #8.)* Hello winter. We have snow on the ground but nothing like to the north in Wisconsin. Still, timing is everything. I have spent the time between my last blog and now racing the weather to complete the bench and get shop ready for the car to come back. If I had one of those little compacts this would be no big deal, likewise a large garage. But the car is a Durango and the shop is only 18×20. And my pl...
Why buy it when you can make it! #24: Storage Crates [Part 5] - Do you want to do some special painting with daddy?
Braving the cold weather today meant I was able to finish sanding and apply the stain. Rather than spending the time staining on my own, I asked my daughter if she wanted to do some “special painting” with daddy. So off we went to apply the first coat of stain. All that arts and crafts time with mommy must have paid off cause this 3 year old did an awesome job. I decided to try Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain and was surprised to see acceptable blotching. The 1-2 hour re-coat t...
Why buy it when you can make it! #23: Storage Crates [Part 4] - Man is it cold... but thankfully I'm almost done?
A little bit of work here, a little bit of work there. It is not fun woodworking outdoors in the cold. After a few days of scattered work, the crates are now assembled. I think the make-shift finger joints look quite nice. Given my choice of material (SPF furring strips), and my low expectations for long-term survival, the crates are assembled with just screws (no glue). Each side of the crate has 6 screws and the hardboard panel is floating in the groove. My daughter had a blast ...
Why buy it when you can make it! #22: Storage Crates [Part 3] - Wife needs to run a few errands = A lot less woodworking
Public holidays are great for weekend warriors, who can pack in a lot of woodworking in a finite amount of time. After falling behind on my 2 day woodworking schedule (due to a shortage of clamps), I had high hopes of making up the time, getting through pre-sanding of all the parts so that I can handle finishing in the evening hours before assembly. Unfortunately my hopes were dashed when I was informed by my wife that she had lunch plans for us as a family, followed by many errands that wo...
My wife picked up some birthstone necklaces for my sisters grand-children and of course they came in these ugly cardboard boxes.I just had to do something about this.So down to the workshop I went and started cutting wood.I think they turned out pretty good and I am sure that Willow and Annie will like these.http://youtu.be/cX0wHfsZUBs
Part one of the storage crate project began with material procurement. About a week ago, I went to my local Lowes to pick up as many straight-ish furring strips I could pull off. What I found is that either my local Lowes doesn’t stock enough of the 1×4 furring strips or they are an obscenely popular product. After scouring through what was left, I walked away with 10 boards that were acceptably straight. Unfortunately, about 4 of the boards had the pith in it, so time will tel...
Sometimes I think my wife enjoys my hobby more than I do. After all, she keeps coming up with project upon project that she would like me to make for her. Having finally finished that upcycled dresser and shocked all of our friends with the duck painting kits for my daughter’s birthday party, the took the day off to make some progress on the next 2 projects. First on the agenda was to make some headway on the end-grain cutting boards for my in-laws Christmas present. Nothing excit...
I finally past that stinking kidney stone. I was out of work for 2 weeks because of this thing. I passed it Friday afternoon, so now I feel pretty normal now. It just aches now, the pain is manageable. I imagine that it will take a few more days to feel completely better. Anyhow, after 2 weeks off, I was able to get in the shop today and do a bit of work. (Admittedly, I tried while I was off work because I was bored out of my mind, but I could only stand for about 20 minutes, so that ...
How I made an easy to build sitting bench from five 8’ long 2×6’s. It wasn’t very heavy after but was sturdy as can be. http://youtu.be/npooHpwGqiM
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