Cold weather certainly doesn’t help when most of your cutting, sanding and routing has to be done under the patio cover. I know that most of my Buddies on LJs are in worse weather regions than I am, but still, brrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Cold weather also complicates disabilities. The aches and pains are a little worse, some have to stay warm because of medicines or treatments and generally when you have a disability such as cancer, your immune system is compromised. SO PLEASE, BE CAREFUL, I P...
The clean up is supposed to be done this week. It’s a black ugly mess. I am very happy that the concrete pad is still in very good shape. In my attached garage, I am thrilled to say that the 220 circuits are alive and the equipment all started perfectly. Got a couple more pieces of equipment to get, but it’s going in the right direction. Of course the world didn’t come to a stop waiting for me to be ready. I have been getting calls to get logs. These are so...
The mitre saw is setup, The table saw is assembled and ready to fire The dust collector is prepared for action Although the Dewalt mitre saw is 120 volt, the table saw and dust collector are 220. I have all the wiring run with the exception of making the final connection to the breakers. Primarily because I can’t find the right screwdriver at home and chose not to make a special trip into town for the screwdriver. Most of those tools were in the shop. I did manage ...
I have the heater going in my attached garage trying to bring it to a manageable level. We’re at -8F outside. Trying to get it up to 55-60 range. I don’t want to sound like a whimp, but it is just a lot nicer to work in. Today I want to get my 220 circuits run and start setting up the machines. I will show pictures of the machines as I get set up. I am setting up temporarily in my attached garage. It’s 20×20. I know many of you would love that much space. I just need to...
Well, here it is, a general idea of what I hope to do with my workshop space: For clarity, I left the walls invisible, although their outlines are still there. There are a few constants with the arrangement. The rear wall is reserved for household storage, this is not really optional, and the location of the deep freezer is pretty much set as well, since their really isn’t a better place for it. Other than that, I left the workbenches and table saw about where they are now, since...
My trusty Craftsman shop vac has served me well for the past 25 years. It just won’t die; but it’s time to upgrade. I’ve simply taken in far too much hobby sawdust over the last 25 years. Bought a HF Dust Collector about three weeks ago. The Spousal Unit was pleased (she was curious as to why it took me so long). If I would have only known that… The box has not been opened yet. I’ve been plowing through the plethora of information available on Lumberj...
Hi everyone, Welcome to my first project blog entry on LJs. As I will write about (maybe) in another series, I have a blog on Google’s Blogspot (started before I new about LJs). Now that I am a member here, I thought I’d try using this site as a medium for writing about my projects, so we will see how this goes. As the series title suggests, I am embarking on a journey to build a shoe rack. This came as a request from my wife, who is getting tired of finding her shoes covere...
I’m very fortunate to have a sawyer close by that caters specifically to hobbyists. These are very knowledgable and nice folks. Shameless plug: Hobby Hardwood Alabama Here is a photo of the first batch of rough sawn cherry I chose: I recently reconfigured and upgraded my dust collector http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95715 which worked out great because I jointed and planed most of this wood in preparation for this build. This picture shows how well the thien baffle worked:...
I’m in the process of designing and building a cherry nightstand to match our bedroom suite. I’m going to try and preserve the style of the furniture while remaining within my skill level. I’m actually pretty far into the build now and since I’ve taken some pictures along the way I thought I would blog the process. I’ll try to post an entry for each step as time permits. The design of the nightstand took into account the style of our current bedroom suite i...
Two years ago i was introduced to high school wood working. I was formerly familiar with the trade and tools as my great uncle and grandfather were both career woodworkers making fine furniture. Ever since i made my first project the dream has been for a roll top , well its been three courses and 250 hours later , i have been all allowed to begin construction on my desk. This blog will be about building that desk. More for me to track my progress than anything but anyones welcome to come lea...
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