I retired about 1 1/2 years ago and planned to spend much more time in my shop. Until then, I’d spend 10 minutes here and 30 minutes there on a project as I could. Redoing my kitchen was exactly a two year project to the day. Finding time to fix up the shop itself was not in the cards so I never even thought about it. In the winter I “preheated” the shop by leaving the door to the house open until it was at least a balmy 50 degrees or so then used a little tiny space heat...
I’m sorry that I have fallen behind on my writing while I catch up on my unfinished projects. I am now a month into this thing and just about 75% finished. Progress List x Dry wall basement ceilingx Paint kitchen/dining roomx Paint basementx Build basement entry stairs x Paint bathroomx Paint master bedroomx Paint living roomPaint officeHang new bedroom doorHang new bathroom doorStain and finish oak trim Paint trim Install trim I am satisfied with my progress even if building stairs, pa...
Well it is finally starting: my job has relaxed a bit in workload, I have the tools, a design, and some of the raw materials. Time to build an entire kitchen! The home is an older, but not historic farmhouse colonial (~1970’s construction). Kitchen is about 15’ x 20’ and opens up to the family room, since I blew out the wall separating them. Style:We purchased a John Boos oval butcher block island as a centerpiece. The style will be a traditional colonial (simple, ...
last of demo and putting flooring down where new cabinets will go, was actually thinking i would not have to replace them in the begining but as you can see
It’s been a couple of days off, and I’ve forgotten what I did earlier in the week that I haven’t already blathered on about, so this evening I’ll just talk about this afternoon.Got home, shifted into the uniform of the evening, BDU pants with all sorts of stuff stuck on them from previous projects, ACU boots ‘cause they are comfortable and have steel toes, and a T-shirt my daughter-in-law gave me a few years ago that finally crawled to the top of the t-shirt draw...
Shop (Garage) Redo #1: Pete mutters to self..."remember to enable scripts on wife's computer before typing blog entrys
Ok, must figure out how to move first entry in this blog into the series…after pounding the keyboard for an hour last night to vent my frustration on my week-old, week-behind shop remodel, I find that it didn’t post as a series because I didn’t click on the teeny, tiny window banner that popped up when I selected “start new series” at the beginning of my electronic tirade. But, not to worry, will figure it out later…must type now, caffeine levels are high, ...
This is the last will and testament of my sure to be over budget, behind schedule attempt to bring order to the chaos that is my shop/garage. I started this project last weekend but was too ashamed, and tired to actually blog it. But I think the blogging will help my psychosis.I’m sure I’ll rewrite things in following posts. But the creative juices are flowing (64 ounces of Diet Dr Pepper can do that to your brain) so I’m diving in. Buckle up….cause this train has no t...
I have numerous projects going on. In short, all my horizontal surfaces have gone missing and it is standing room only. Here are some over-alls from the front door. This is the main cause of the melee’. We have decided to toy with silver soldering and jewelry. So, this area of our shrinking shop is being converted to a jeweler’s bench with acetylene torch, flex shaft tool, and all those other cool tools that jewelers use.I will have to find a new home for all that hardwa...
Another restaurant on the same street as the last one is being remodeled. I headed over one night to see if they threw anything good away and they sure had. The tall boards in the middle here were actually piled up on the dumpster (old boards to the right are from the other restaurant, pallet/crate wood to left from yet another!): There’s some nicer grade 3/4” birch ply about 7’ long and more than a foot wide – handy for jigs and secondary structures. There was ...
Cora’s, a local Mexican restaurant went out of business recently. On my way back from the bearing shop with the new bits for my planer this past week I noticed a crew tearing the insides out. I stopped in and asked if I could look through their scrap pile for free wood, and as happens pretty much always here in west LA, they looked at me, shrugged their shoulders, and said “sure.” There’s wasn’t much, and nothing great, but the wood looked old, and I t...
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