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...
When I built the router table as an extension of my table saw I had in mind using it as more than a router station. For starters it allows me to make wider rips on my table saw, but it does a few more things and I’m not done yet. [Above and below] Like others of its brethren, my router station can be used with or without the fence. I have a vacuum port set in the fence as well as one for the cabinet depending on which one I think will work best. [Below] The router is mount...
The shop building is nearing completion and the temperature differential this morning encouraged me to make another blog entry. It’s a little cold for my Deep South butt to start on anything outside and there’s always the paper work (or computer work) that needs catching up. This project began with buying a small camping trailer a little over five years ago. I wanted a decent place to keep it and my lovely wife, with three times the wisdom and foresight of an avera...
So today is my one day off which means time to be productive. So once laying some new tile got dealt with, I was free to get to work on the bench. First off, some pictures to show the current state of the garage. So the first picture is of the garage itself, mind the girlfriend in the back there. Its currently a mess. Mostly due to stuff that still needs to migrate into the house and stuff that needs to go into the attic. The second picture is of my current bench. 12’ Long ...
This afternoon I finished up the bureau-turned-bench (sans door knobs I will put on tomorrow) and did some organizing after moving a large free standing shelf unit up against the old oil tank. Here is the new bench with band saw and drill press in place. I ran a generous wipe of lemon oil all over the dark veneer to try and bring some oil into the old wood. It darkened up nicely while the rag did a fair job of cleaning up grime and debris. I mounted a power strip on the wall behind the ...
I’m not sure if anyone gets notified about edits and additions, but I’ve just updated the photos of my workshop. To see them, just click this little link. It’s not spotlessly clean, but it looks better than it has in months. -Dave
My space: the workshop. Recently, I wrote on Facebook sharing the joy of simply being in my workshop. It was a Sunday morning; a cool Sunday morning. After descending the stairs into my basement workshop, I felt this peace. I took a photo of what I saw and uploaded it to Facebook. I felt lucky. And why not, I had a hot cup of coffee in hand, the space heater was humming and my favorite music was magically playing from my iPhone. Best of all, my woodworking project was patiently waiting for...
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