I recently inherited my grandpa’s vintage 10” craftsman table saw. It had a broken fence and was on a wobbly metal cart that had been pieced together. I have no idea honestly if he ever ripped anything more than 3-4” on it because of the fence. Anyways, the saw runs great and I want to put it to good use. Some of the problems presenting me were: 1) Saw will be in a garage shared with other stuff2) The stand and fence needed to be replaced3) My young kids play in the garag...
Air intake for air cleaner. I used half-lap joints to build the frame (20.75”x20.75”) All the sides are cut, as well as the rabbets and dados according to the plans I drew. (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4) The motor was put inside to take a few measurements for where to cut the air outflow. It is upside down in the picture, however. I mounted the squirrel motor to the inside wall with 1.5” wide pieces of 3/4” plywood. Some of the screws were drilled through t...
I have decided to chronicle my woodworking journey as part of my therapy and boy do I need it! I am 65 years old, a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a disabled Vietnam Veteran. Oh yea, I’m also a Pastor of a Christian Church here in Waco, Texas. You’d think I had plenty to keep me active. So why would I want to add “Woodworker” to my titles? It’s simple, I have Liver Cancer and PTSD from Vietnam. Agent Orange isn’t so good for the liver. I ...
Watch Video: http://youtu.be/ODrnBd5aoBc Installing my new air cleaner made bu Rikon.
Yesterday I scored a major milestone in my shop. I had foam insulation sprayed on the interior of the ceiling. Next, I’ll concentrate on rewiring it and studding/insulating the walls. This is a big deal to me, because my shop has been out of commision for a while. I’m ready to get moving again! I walked into it today and noticed that it is already noticably warmer.
I finally got to woodworking in the shop after a year of on again/off again shop setup. I made the decision about a year ago to give up working on old trucks, and get back to working with wood, which is what got me into construction. My dad was a carpenter who had a workshop in the basement of our family home in Northern Illinois, and I used to spend alot of time messing around down there, whether working on my train table, which grew from a 4’x8’ table to eventually an additio...
Hello y’all! I thought I’d share with you a big discovery I made this weekend in the new shop: books! And lots of them! While taking a break from working on the house I thought I’d bust open the two large, containers in the corner of the shop that I knew had a bunch of old woodworking magazines in them. Boy, was there more than just magazines! I had glanced inside the boxes prior to putting an offer on the house so I already knew they were magazines, manuals, plans, etc. in there...
Hello all LumberJocks! As promised in my Gloat to End all Gloats post, I’m starting a blog series dedicated to discovering, moving in, and setting up the dedicated shop we got as part of our recent home purchase. I plan to put several types of posts under this one series, which will range from discovering the new tools to setting up the shop and making it my own. I’d like to start by letting y’all know we closed on the house on Friday afternoon, so we have spent all weekend clean...
The… gears… are… turning… slowly… Well we got the place, but that’s old news now. Its no surprise that the garage became the last priority. I moved enough of my basic tools to the new house to give it a complete face-lift, inside and out. I did a lot of interior remodeling (trim, cabinets, paint, electrical, plumbing, added closets, changed out every fixture in the house, new floors, windows, bathroom remodel, etc) and completely re-landscaped / hards...
My last post on this project was in mid Sept. before we left for Sweden. We got home in the first days of October and I took a week to rest up after the long drive. Then I got a bad cold and it has kept me out of the shop until late last week. I still have it, but I’m at least able to work a couple of hours a day now. WORKING ON THE TOPYou might recall that I wanted to hand plane the fir top, and that I first had to get rid of the larger knots before planing. In my last blog I showed...
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