“The beast” is finaly here!!! I was making some sawdust mountains last couple of days to test, fine tune and just play with my old, used and abused jointer/planer… :-) Raised a bit the limit for limited tools projects :-)
I spent over a third of my recent life in a small home with a single-car garage. One year for Christmas or my birthday, my wife bought me a set of Simpson Strong-Tie brackets designed by them to be all you needed (metal-wise) to build a shop bench. You got to pick the dimensions and, in part, the layout, but the bench would have a top surface and a shelf. I never got to build it while married to her because she kept filling up the garage with yard-sale junk. I had a narrow path from the g...
How this promise of a captain’s bed came about was almost an accident. My bride-to-be is used to having a large bed, California King, to be exact. All I had was a paltry queen-sized mattress on a relatively low frame. She commented that I probably stuck out over both ends when I slept (I’m 6’ 4”), and I had to agree with her. She also did not (understandably) want to share a bed with me that I had shared with my last (deceased) wife. So, I went and bought a Cal-Ki...
I’ve been neatening up the shop lately because a bunch of little things have built up and it was just time to adjust some stuff. It’s basically a cleaning up, cleaning out and reorganizing on a small scale. Here’s a few of the things I’ve done: [Below] I keep my narrower plywood scraps above the oil tank. I went through them and weeded out the really narrow ones that I know I’ll never use. The very thin plywood that I usually find as drawer bottoms I keep und...
My sinuses are giving me grief for not wearing a respirator in the dungeon today. I did put one on later in the day, but you know how that goes. I would never last as a coal miner. At any rate, another boring update, as I plow through the minutiae in the hope of saving my pack-rat soul from wherever pack-rats go when they pass on. Then again, who’s to say there isn’t a pack-rat heaven? I finally got the bike (and some automotive) stuff sorted to trash, friend and keep-it boxes....
One of my greatest challenges in woodworking is not working wood. That isn’t meant to imply I have all the skills and knowledge, that I am an expert in woodworking. What I mean is that being one who works best when organized, being so disorganized and without working space handicaps me like you wouldn’t believe. While it would seem easy enough to just start putting things away and moving things here or there, the reality is that I don’t have enough places to store what I nee...
I love old houses. I like old things in general because they always have stories, but old houses…old houses have legacies. When we bought our very first house this past fall (a charming 1911 farmhouse on a big wooded lot), much of the attraction (for me, at least) lay in the beautiful, antique pine floors, built-ins, tall baseboards, picture rail, and trim, but I immediately staked my claim to the basement. This corner, to be specific. It gives me two spaces (a cutting room and a ...
Well I am about to embark on a journey to take my 2 car garage and dedicate it to being a workshop. Oh and of course for my wife to be able to park her car in bad weather (or so she thinks…that’s the way I sold her on the idea anyways) I have grown tired of all the clutter, shuffling things around to work on anything, having to move lawn mowers, motorcycles, camping stuff and just about everything else just to have room to work on a project and also the opposite…having to...
With great delight, I can announce spring has officially come to Chicago-land. Of course, this is highly subjective, considering we went from being in the 20’s to a day in the mid 70’s and then crashed down into the teens, followed by 5 inches of snow. A week along, and while the snow is still in a few patches here and there, it seems moderately warmer weather is here to stay. And this means WOODWORKING! For those of you still locked in snow and ice, you have my sympathies. ...
I filmed the build on my YouTube Channel. Please check it out! Please like, share, and if you enjoyed the video subscribe! http://youtu.be/ACLFMAfV1fk I recently added a Clearvue Cyclone dust collector to my shop. I plumbed it completely with 6” and 4” PVC piping. I needed a way to close off each branch to maximize the performance of the dust collector. Commercially available plastic blast gates are way to cheap and clog easily. The metal blast gates that solve this issue are p...
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