The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can

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Blog series by cmckerliesr updated 01-23-2014 08:02 PM 19 parts 34163 reads 76 comments total

Part 1: The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can

01-05-2009 06:22 AM by cmckerliesr | 2 comments »

Well first I must thank Todd A. Clipper for the new title. After reading his comments I just could not resist using the suggested title for my blog. Along with the new title I will do my best to try to do things like record temperature differences between the outside air and that inside the can. As I said in an email to Todd, I think I may call it “the Can”, now. I think it is funny and it fits. At least till I buy the planned second can, then I do not know what I will call it....

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Part 2: The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can (continues 2/27/2009)

02-28-2009 01:29 AM by cmckerliesr | 4 comments »

Hi All!Well I know it has been some time since I last wrote about what is was like working inside the can. The temperature, space, so forth. So, I thought I should quit making excuses and sit down to give you all some more information. First, let me tell you that I have been doing a lot of work inside the can. I installed some recycled kitchen cabinets and set some 3/4 inch MDF on top of them, making an L-shaped work bench or surface that is 18 feet long and the L at the end measures 4 fee...

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Part 3: Can Wood Glue Freeze?

03-05-2009 12:41 AM by cmckerliesr | 8 comments »

As I am sure you can tell from the title of this blog entry. I have a reason for the question. No I am not asking if it can, cause I have proof that wood glue can indeed freeze. So why do I bring this up. One to be honest I am a little bored today and just wanted to share a little about something that happened inside the can recently. I know I have said a lot about how I am able to work comfortably inside the can without heat or air. But I have not talked about what happens when I first...

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Part 4: It has been a long time.....climate inside the can

10-29-2009 07:38 PM by cmckerliesr | 6 comments »

Well it has been way to long since I last wrote or posted anything on my blog and I apologize for that. The main reason for the long period between blog posts is that as some of you know, I was out of work for over a year. I had to make the tough decision to severely limit my woodworking since I could not afford the power bill. In case you did not know, woodworking is not my occupation. Writing crap that no one reads is. Yes, the next time you actually take the time to read the directions tha...

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Part 5: Still Trying

12-14-2009 05:51 PM by cmckerliesr | 6 comments »

Yes, I am still in the can and still trying to work things out. Storage, electrical and such. I have wanted to update the blog, but have not had a lot to say at the moment. Mainly because I wanted to have a solution to some of my issues rather than just telling you I am still working at it. But all I really have right now is that I am still working at it. So let me tell you a little about what has failed thus far in relation to trying to hang some upper cabinets or storage. I first t...

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Part 6: Adding Upper Storage Cabinets or Walls

01-03-2010 10:18 PM by cmckerliesr | 2 comments »

OK!After my last blog entry, I had a lot of good input on what to do to possibly add some sort of wall covering and to be able to hang upper cabinets. I had made a few comments later on saying what I may try. What is going on now, is first of course I can not hold anything to the inside of the can, while I drive a screw from the out side. So, I have not got this done yet. So I will just tell you what will happen, once I get my son or someone to come help me out. I am going to split a co...

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Part 7: Finally Hung 2 Upper Cabinets

01-09-2010 11:57 PM by cmckerliesr | 2 comments »

Hey All!First. It is cold as hell out there! Yes, it is 30 degrees out side and this is when I decide to enlist my youngest son Michael to help me finally help me hang two small upper cabinets for storage. Since we were able to do most of the work from inside the can, it was not too bad for a while. What I did.I decided to to use 2X4s as french cleats, cutting them approximately in half. OK, I committed a sin, I did not do much measuring I just kind of eyeballed it as to cutting the 2X4s i...

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Part 8: Still Working in the can

03-25-2010 07:50 PM by cmckerliesr | 2 comments »

Hi All!Well as I am sure you can tell, I do not spend a lot of time at the computer. Hence why my blog entries are so few and far between. As you all know by now, I volunteer on a search and rescue team and recently went to Haiti along with my wife who is also a team member. I did it before, but I want to thank all of you again for your posts about that trip. Things are pretty much back to normal and I am still working in and on the can. There are a lot of improvements that I still need...

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Part 9: I have just been busy

04-28-2010 03:42 PM by cmckerliesr | 2 comments »

Well I often feel guilty about not getting back to write more about working in the can. But the truth is I have a busy life and sometimes, I just let it slip by because there is just not enough time in the day. I spent the last two weeks battling a virus on the home computer, which was not detected by my McAfee software even though I pay them a yearly subscription fee to protect 3 computers on my network. I won’t go into details, but after 6 scans by Malwarebytes, and several Microso...

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Part 10: New Bandsaw and Other stuff

06-27-2010 12:24 AM by cmckerliesr | 6 comments »

First I guess I should cover a little of the the other stuff.So far this year the weather has made it hard to work in the can. Mostly as the weather got warmer, it was harder to spend any real quality time in the can. I am not sure if it was a difference in humidity or what. But it was just a lot hotter inside the can this year then it has since I have started working in it. The last month of so has been hard with lots of electrical storms in the area I am just not comfortable working inside ...

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Part 11: Making Progress

07-26-2010 12:25 AM by cmckerliesr | 7 comments »

Well I am making progress in general.I finally got a truck. Well what I call a truck. Not some over glorified car with a truck box on the back. I stand up and cheer every time the Toyota commercial comes on and he says he does not care if his truck is scratched, he is not going to baby it, etc. With all that in mind, here are pics of my $900 find. That of course is the interior which needs work. Of course the next few are of the outside. Here is the stuff that I feel is impo...

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Part 12: It's been a while

10-11-2010 05:36 PM by cmckerliesr | 4 comments »

Hey All!Yes, it has been a while since my last blog about working in the can. This one, I hope will be short as there is not a lot that has changed in the can. I have told you all about the tools I have bought and my plans to insulate the can in the hopes of maintaining a bearable work environment. I can tell you that there has been some really HOT days this summer, which literally drove me out of the can. No wind, high humidity on some days, and temps hovering around 100 degree’s pr...

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Part 13: Wouldn't you know it!

01-10-2011 07:29 PM by cmckerliesr | 4 comments »

Well wouldn’t you know it! Here I finally start insulating the can, and snow breaks out!Yes, that right! I finally got around to installing insulation in the can and low and behold snow breaks out! Maybe it’s a sign. A guy who works in a can is not meant to add some comforts. May be the can is meant to be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Well! I am sorry but I don’t care! It is my damn can, and I will insulate regardless of anyone or anything thinks! Was th...

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Part 14: I Made a Hole!

02-28-2011 02:04 AM by cmckerliesr | 3 comments »

So I have been planning where or how the electrical will be coming into the shop or can. In case you are wondering the can is made of 22 mm steel. I was not sure if my punch set was going to be able to pull the hole because it said it could be used up to 10 gauge steel.So here is what I used to pull the hole, of course I drilled a pilot hole first.Yes it is a cheap piece of crap. But I do not pull a lot of holes in metal and it served the purpose. I have owned this thing for about 8 years, an...

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Part 15: Pictures and stuff

03-12-2011 01:16 AM by cmckerliesr | 6 comments »

Well I finally got some pictures from inside the can. Being the cheapskate that I am, found a factory refurbished digital camera to take my pictures. Rather then getting the camera I previously told you about at Big Lots. Hey! I save $10 even with shipping from So, without dragging this on forever, here are the latest photos from outside and inside the can. As you can see this is the outside, which is soon to be painted a lighter or reflective color to help reflect radi...

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Part 16: More Progress on the Insullation and walls

03-20-2011 02:22 AM by cmckerliesr | 4 comments »

Well there it is, the first wall covered.Two sheets of OSB attached to 2X3’s that were cut in half length wise. The 2 X 3’s were 8 feet long, and I cut them in half, then every 3rd position that was indented I drilled 3 holes through the wall. I then had my son hold a 2X3 centered over the holes and I went outside to drive 1 inch metal roofing screws through the holes and into the 2X3’s. I drilled holes that were slightly smaller then the screws so they would bite on th...

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Part 17: Some progress

05-16-2011 01:16 AM by cmckerliesr | 1 comment »

Yes I am still alive and working in the can.I know it has been a while since my last post, but I busy make some pens and I had to do a little work on my truck. Either way, here is a couple of pictures of what I have gotten done in the can. Here is another view And this is from the rear of the can looking toward the door. As you can see I installed a gladiator organizational wall unit. I do not have any of the hangers that go in it yet, but I soon will. You can also see that I stil...

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Part 18: A roof!

06-09-2011 03:10 PM by cmckerliesr | 6 comments »

As you may know if you have been following this blog I have been struggling with the heat this year in the can. For some reason this year heat has just been a real problem. In the past, it was not that bad and with both doors open I did not always need a fan to work comfortably. This year though it seems that it has not been as windy as usual and the can has been been getting quite hot even with both doors open and a fan running. Some days lately it has been so bad I have resorted to working ...

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Part 19: It Moved!

01-23-2014 08:02 PM by cmckerliesr | 1 comment »

Hi!I know I kind of just stopped blogging about the can and posting projects. But sometimes life gets in the way.But since so much has happened, I thought I would take just a couple of moments to write a very short update to this blog.The can has been moved. Yes! I thought it was destend to stay where it was, get a partner, and live out it’s days where I first planted it.Without going into to details that no one really cares about I found myself having to search out a new location to li...

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