I’m somewhat partial to having everything in drawers or cabinets, mostly just to keep it safe and keep the dust out of stuff, but some things just need to hang on the wall! First up is the mandatory clamp rack setup. I built all of it from scrap lumber which I have tons of! It’s convenient, yet somewhat protected since the shop door is usually open. Also have most of my longer measuring tools hung up. The smaller stuff is in a drawer in the toolbox. I also organiz...
In the process of organizing the shop I had definite need of hardware storage. I had an old dresser that I revamped and used it for the larger parts, but the small stuff was overwhelming. I had 5 generic boxes and bought 5 more plano 3700 boxes to sort everything into. Here’s a pic of the sorting process which took over 9hrs to finish…LOL! It was a long day! Next I built a rack to hold all 10 of the boxes. I used some surplus PT 1×2 stock that I had. Here’s a pi...
Well its been about 4 weeks since I asked you folks questions about buying a tablesaw, thanks TomfromWinnipeg for the advice on Felder! So I bought myself a General 50-200 2hp saw and arranged for my brother in law to drop it off with his truck. Of course Dave (my BIL) can’t just drop everything and bring it by (one of the downsides of living about 3 hours away from family) so it took him about a week to get the time to come out (I really appreciate Dave taking the time to load, deliv...
My brother and his wife have been visiting from Winnipeg the last couple of days mainly to see their niece and nephew :-) but also to celebrate my birthday a couple of days early. My brother (enabling my tool addiction) gave me the large Lee Valley bench vise ( http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?c=&cat=1,41659,41661&p=31137\). Knowing the Jenn gives them an update on what is currently on my wish list at LV, I consider that her telling Bill that the vise was a good gift is li...
Drove out to Geneva today to pick up an air filtration unit for the new workshop. The painters have been complaining about sawdust in their art (oops). The fellow I bought it from built it himself from scratch. Despite that, it is very well designed, probably better than most manufactured units. Twin filters (intake and outtake), fan and motor completely removable for service without pulling any wires or bolts, and it is pre-wired for low and high speeds with the flip of a switch. Only ...
So as my work (and obsession) has turned more towards hand tools, and my recent reading of Chris Schwarz’s workbench book, I decided to make some shop adjustments to make room for a nice Roubo bench in my near future. I you look at my shop phots you will see a long L shaped counter top with a corner desk. While this has provide a lot of work space, the rooke mistake was in my using really wet construction grade lumber that proceeded to warp and twist out of control over the seasons. ...
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