The last weekend in August I finally got around to erecting the woodshop/garage structure. It took 7 guys and a Gradall 13 hours to erect the building and finish the roof substructure. We lifted the small walls off the 50 footers and set the long walls in place first, followed by the smaller walls. I will say my cheeks were clenched pretty tight when the first 50 foot wall was lifted and spun 180degrees before being set. It’s really amazing to see all the work and how fast things come t...
This unusual summer has taken a toll on me both mentally and physically… I guess you could even throw in emotionally as well. My garage project has taken a back seat to some unfortunate timings and delays both with weather and scheduling conflicts. I have been able to knock a few small items off the checklist, but have not started any of the fun stuff. I dug a dry well for my downspouts and drains, plumbed drainage system, shoveled and wheeled 12 tons of stone to the dry well and founda...
This last weekend did not yield an overly fruitful progression on the microshop as the house soaked up most of my attention. I was able to start a portion of the inner framing to prep the walls for insulation and electrical placements. These types of sheds have LARGE frame centers but they’re still set on a 16” center around the perimeter. So, it is just a matter of filling in the missing sections and tying everything together. As you can tell nothing too complicated about it ...
After a few weeks of essentially doing nothing but research (including bugging my master electrician father inlaw) about how to NOT metaphorically shoot myself in the foot I finally broke ground on the electrical supply to the new shed. Graciously my father offered his tiller and his own back to help me get the trench dug and the 40 feet of main line put into it’s permanent location in just under four hours…no idea how long it would have taken without the now 24 year old tiller t...
I’ve had the new workspace in place for two weeks now and have yet to find the time or gusto to start in on its transformation. Whether the rain or my daughter’s birthday preparations are the cause of my lack of enthusiasm I do not truly know but I am spending this time planning and researching for my inevitable journey into a “microshop”. Yep, that’s right. For those in the know you probably did that face that accompanies a sincere feeling of empathy for tha...
Shop update for September 2014. Topics include:Mobile base for planerReclaimed wood desk organizersReclaimed coffee table I also mention and give a link to the other YouTube channel I started where I will be teaching music lessons, starting with piano. You can watch this update video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKLNK9iUZi4
The base for jointer keeps going this weekend. Worked in it only on sunday, and finnaly ended the woodworking part, remaing now just the finish and minor adjustments. Started by the enclosure. The dust drawer with exact dimension to accomplish a plastic dust port and 4” hose connector. Using 12mm MDF (about 1/2”). Removed the originally footer to made a minor changes. How these are just cosmetic items, I will added later justin gluing it in the base. This will give him a bet...
In this shop update I talk about the king size headboard I am building, which I have been showing updates on at my facebook page. I also give updates on the Pottery Barn bench and other things. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB1OkcsUK3o
It’s been a month since my last shop update. In this video, I show some of the things I’ve been working on, including: Rockler heavy duty quick release front visePencil holderPottery Barn toscana bench imitationPlaner mobile baseGreene and Greene inspired planter boxTenoning jig Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXzjlL-c9yk
Well, just about a week or two after I finally got around to shooting a shop tour video, I decided to finally purchase a drum sander which forced me to rearrange the shop. Of course, since I knew that changes were coming, I also decided it was as good a time as any to really take a look at the shop and fix the nagging problems that I encounter here and there. So, here’s a short list of things that will be upgraded: 1. Dust Collection 2. Shop Layout 3. Lighting 4. Too...
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