Well, after a number of years, including 3 years away from my shop while on assignment in Australia, I have finally finished the wall coverings in my shop. It was not as easy as slapping up the last 4 sheets this weekend, if you read last weeks entry, but it is finally complete: If work and personal life allows, I will fill the nail holes Thursday evening, finish prep on Friday evening, and try to get started painting on Saturday. If all goes well, I should finally be past this huge m...
I retired about 1 1/2 years ago and planned to spend much more time in my shop. Until then, I’d spend 10 minutes here and 30 minutes there on a project as I could. Redoing my kitchen was exactly a two year project to the day. Finding time to fix up the shop itself was not in the cards so I never even thought about it. In the winter I “preheated” the shop by leaving the door to the house open until it was at least a balmy 50 degrees or so then used a little tiny space heat...
I recently found some LED spotlights. 50w (equivalent, so they say, to 500W incandescent) Cool Daylight (6000K) at a reasonable sort of price. I’ve been wanting to make my photo lighting and work lighting both better and more permanent so I bit the bullet and purchased two. How to install them? We rent. I’m neither allowed to change the house (garage) wiring or make any permanent installations in there. I decided to make up a gantry, attached to my workbench. Each of the light sup...
Figured out how where to find files! added recent pics look sidways! Harbor Frieght Lathe added a year ago! Cabinet saw and old craftsman router table on wooden table Before the add ins Couldn’t find the current pictures, will post when I get the darn things labeled? ! Thanks for following. Sorta feel like the Pigpen character in Penuts comics. The clound of chaos seems to hang over me. But I move through it. Snow, finding a lost dog, and my wor...
I just got notification of this school opening a woodworking program and the workshop is going to available to the community. here is the article
When I first set up my shop, I bought a Delta 50-760 DC. It works well enough, but when jointing and planing a lot of wood the plastic bag fills up fairly rapidly and it is a PAIN to take off, empty and then re-install. Once you get the hang of it, the process is easier but it’s never easy and it almost inevitably ends up with a bunch of saw dust all over. So I decide to invest in a Oneida Super Dust Deputy. By the time I got it, I had realized that the fact that the Delta was mob...
I wanted the shelves to be extremely strong and have a good size lip to keep stuff from falling off while I move the rack around. I typically over-engineer my projects, but with as much weight as this rack has on it I am very glad I built it solid. I glued and screwed (with pocket holes using my Kreg Jig) the A-Frames, but I decided to keep the shelves without glue so I could break down or change the rack. The long shelf sides are the rails that connect the A-Frames so I put 2 pocket hol...
What started out as a simple clamp rack project grew into an entire assembly center. I started out wanting a mobile rack for all of my clamps to make assembly easier and avoid the running back and forth for clamps and/or having the work table covered in clamps so there is no room to work. The next thing I knew the project grew into the idea of having everything needed for assembly on a mobile cart – clamps, glue, biscuit joiners and biscuits, dowels jigs and dowels, pocket jig pocke...
I have previously commented on the transition to a new workshop knowing this would be a long, long, process. But with each journey, you must take one step at a time. Last year I built a garden shed/greenhouse as a first step. Mowers, tillers, chainsaw, etc. all have a new home thus clearing the current “shed’s” dropshed. I just began phase two – and this involves closing in about 2/3 of the carport. The motivation to write about it came from the shelving I ...
Just a few shot of the workshop after a major reshuffle of the equipment to fit the laser…
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