On my walk this morning I paused to admire the Willamette River. It is wide and this morning it was quiet, peaceful and full. As always it was flowing past me, underneath my footbridge. The body split apart and came back together again with grace and ease. After admiring it’s awesome beauty I was reminded of my work and the feeling of running in place. On the surface the river looks so peaceful so laid back like nothing is really going on. It’s so full that rapids aren’t even showing whe...
Update: Started expansion finally on what is essentially now, just a 10X8 tool shed. If all goes as planned, I will almost triple my sq. footage and the tool shed will become my shop.ManI like the sound of those words. Having seen many great shop builds and shop tours, mine by comparison is not much of an undertaking.I will be building an approxmately 50 sq. ft. extension and then tying this all in to an existing 7×8 plasticshed that I will reinforce and insulate. So the tool shed ...
There’s an article, by the well-known Christopher Schwarz, that tells how to make a workbench for about $175.00. I like that idea ;-) He raves about SYP, but … not much of that in my neighborhood, so …. I went with the dimensional Doug Fir, from the Depot. I’m working on the base, right now, but … here’s the top … before being trimmed to length: Got his recommended vise, bench dogs, and Wonder Dog, from Lee Valley. The top will dress ...
This is a quick update in my shop creation progress. What do you do when your shop is in the crawlspace of your house and you run out of room…Grab a jackhammer and carve out a bigger space! I didn’t take an actual “Before” photo, but this is how it looked about half way through. And this is how it looks now, with an added 60 sq. ft. of floor space! Lots more than that in maneuvering room; now I can get to my lumber storage area (right of picture) without riski...
I tend to make strange things. Often my inspiration comes from allowing my mind to wander freely, going whereever it seems to want to go. Part of this process is to allow, or even encourage, free association with dis-similar things. So it was when Prometheus Transformed began. In the beginning I was having an on-line conversation with a woman who grew up when the Transformer toys were getting started. She’s a fanatic about them. Anyway, as we talked I began to consider what I wo...
Well, I have to start somewhere, so I guess I’ll jump in the deep end and start swimming. The projects I’ve posted thus far are all completed things. If you’ve looked at them, you’ve probably concluded that I enjoy working in small scale. That’s true. It’s not exclusively true, but many of my pieces are “miniatures.” Shortly I’ll post some pieces that aren’t. I only have a couple of rules. First, I never make the same thin...
Hard to believe, I know. It’s been over a year since I announced the workbench complete, although there was always that missing part, that loose end that had to be tied off in order to officially declare it a complete project. Not only was it a loose end (literally, the vise screw was hanging loose in it’s slot), but it was a missing integral part of the bench that I kept on wishing I had setup and functional. The Wagon Vise to hold down boards for planing flat and similar work...
I mean literally – I got the shaper to work :). I guess that would constitute as a tool gloat, although I’m not much of a gloater, I just like getting things done. I got this shaper off of CL a couple of weeks ago just because it was too good of a deal to pass up. I contacted the seller, and told them my budget which was lower than their posted price, and they agreed to my offer – I was psyched! I’ll probably set it up with some 3/4 bore cutters for cope-stile at some ...
Had some good progress on the garage reorganization, Although it may not look like it. To start, I wanted to tackle all the medium sized lumber that was now roaming around, scattered on the floor in various locations as it no longer had a dedicated place. I had 4 kitchen cabinets that I got off of craigslist a couple of years ago hoping it’ll help me get organized, but in the end, it just took wall space, and didn’t prove to be very useful, as it was just left as is, and ended ...
Hmm… I thought this step would take longer, but after ~3-4 hours of labor and some sweat I was able to do the following: reposition short-lumber rack in a 2 tier (or 4 tier) setup to utilize what was wasted space above it before, also clearing out the space for the milling machines relocate milling machines (jointer, planer, shaper) to newly created space relocate workbench to space left by milling machines relocate drill press, bandsaw, and router table to space left by work...
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