After 5 months of not woodworking i am finaly back at it. The first words my Fiance said to me were “Thank god you have your shop back. Maybey now you wont be such an ass” Aparently i was driving her crazy. 5 months ago my craftsman tablesaw broke on me. Its an extremley long story. I will just say that when sears could not fix the saw they refused to replace it. Even though i had purchased the factory extended waranty I was told that i needed 5 or more cervice calls in order for ...
I saw Blankman’s post on his mitre saw dust hood and thought I’d share my idea for a mitre saw station. This one hangs on the wall by a french cleat. I built it in three sections: left and right fence sections and the center saw section. The saw is the DeWalt 12” dual bevel model (not a slider.) I gave a lot of thought to whether the fence should be built on a platform or on the flat of the table. As you can see I chose the platform and I’m glad I did. I end ...
Well, I finally sat down last night night and drew up the shop. This was the first attempt, so it may change some. Also most of the tools/cabinets are very rough or borrowed. I’ll try to get them better when gets closer to constructing them. I’ll start you out on the East wall. Most of this is already set in stone you might say. I am planning on putting a pipe rack over the double garage door. May get used for dimensional lumber storage as well. On the left is my double ...
Hi everyone, well, after almost 4 years of continuously fine tuning my crawlspace shop, with no access larger than 30ish inches, I’m moving into a home with a basement. You know what this means, more room for my shop! I’m going from roughly 90 square feet (seriously, it’s that small), some of which is well under 6 feet tall (I’m 6’1”) to somewhere in the area of 240 square feet. Next stop, two car garage…but lets not get ahead of ourselves. For th...
Attacking the Center I’ve been sneaking in a few shop hours a night and finally went after the clutter in the middle of the shop ala Gen. Longstreet. This unveiled several potential gloat-worthy tools so here we go… Gotta get my Gloat in My Father in Law has a good friend who is slowly moving back to Mississippi and is unloading some excess tools. First thing I got from him was this 80s Craftsman shaper of which he is the original owner, only ran it 2-3 times, is in nea...
My name is Scott Stevens and I have an idea to create a community woodshop. My goal is to create a friendly environment for people to explore woodworking. People will not only come to use the woodworking machines but also to learn something new, to share knowledge, and to be a part of the community. There will be a wide range of classes offered for all levels of woodworkers (including children) and the woodshop will carry professional grade machines with some specialty machines not nor...
Wow, can’t believe its been 3 years since I’ve really been in and around my shop! Let’s just say life has been busy and higher priorities have derailed me for awhile. This summer we decided to build a new house on our property and while thinking about actually having an attached garage got me tinkering in Visio. While looking at the plans with a coworker he noticed some of my handtools I was planning to move into the shop and found out he was a fellow WWer. After sever...
Since I was a kid I have been fairly good at imagining stories and being able to put some of that down on paper. My mom at one point tried to encourage me into a carrier as a creative writer. One thing stopped me and it bugs me to this day. I am horrible with names. Not just remembering them, but making them up. So, it can be no surprise to tell you that it has taken me a while to decide on what I am going to call my little side business. My wife and I talked through several different...
A New Toy For Work:) I just got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6 for recording my work. One of the great things about it is that it has a 25mm wide angle lens. This is makes it great for taking pictures of my installed work in small rooms. I thought that taking photo & video of the shop would be a good test drive for it and a good way to share a tour of the American Craftsman Workshop. This video was entirely shot with this camera (except for the photos of the camera itself:) Music: ...
It seems the laws of nature apply to my workshop. I spent all of last time cleaning it up to make nice open space and what should happen? I got and fill it all up. Acquiring more tools than space is a national pastime so I’m not sweating it, especially with the sweet deals I’ve been landing. Turning circuitry into Power tools I hoard computer parts, its ingrained into my geekdom. Never did I think it would ever help me in my quest for more bigger-badder powertools. Thanks to some...
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