Upcoming projects and designs. #3: So many projects I want to do, so many design descisions, so little time or money...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-26-2010 11:30 PM 1273 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just realized going over my Sketchup, and my physical sketchbook, that I realized, I better get busy, and have a TON of budget to get through these projects… So far my big, need to do soon projects are…

#1. Wide Drum sander. This has actually started. The disks for the drum are halfway done. (24 of 32 needed are cut out. I still need to come up with pulleys, rods, and pillow block bearings. This will be a simple pivot table lift mechanism , nothing too terribly fancy. The hard part will will be the drum anyway, and once that is done, I can start over in a different direction utilizing the same drum. I am opting for a 3/4” shaft on this

#2. Lathe stand cabinet. This honestly hasn’t been a top priority, but it should be. I REALLY need a proper method of storing my chuck, faceplate, turning tools, etc… I have a rough design in Sketchup, but I am not having a lot of luck with drawing up the drawers for some reason…

#3. Wall storage cabinet. I need to design storage cabs that will hold all the junk that is presently on my peg board, as well as hold my hardware bins, router bit cabinets etc… I have a couple of designs, and am closing in on the one that should offer me the space I want. Based loosely on the wall cabinets in the most recent Shop Notes, I figure on building them deep and wide enough I can house 2 of the hardware cabinets side by side behind the fold out doors. The fold out doors would be built with the peg board per the plan, and used as shown in Shop Notes…

#4. This is going to sound a bit strange, but I am thinking I want to build a mobile lumber rack. I have been looking into several designs lately… Not thrilled with any of them…

#5. I need to rework my current clamp rack system. It works, but isn’t ideal…

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 11:48 PM

thats it ? only 3….

you better not see my sketchup folder… it’s a project by itself just browsing through it.

we’ll ALWAYS have high priority projects in a long list. just have to decide which gets top priority at the moment ,and go for it. one at a time you’ll keep on updating that list :)

looking forward to some progress

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 11:54 PM

Nah, I clicked submit too fast… I am adding on to that…

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 03:36 AM

I have so many projects to do that I could spend the next 6 months just doing Sketchup drawings….....(-:

I don’t think I will live long enough to do them all, so I least I won’t be bored…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 03:03 AM

So happy to hear that it’s not just me. Actually just this week I spent and hour or so at the side of my workbench putting plans, ideas, sketchs, notes, etc., that I’ve been saying “I’m going to do this one day”, in a binder. You know getting them somewhat organized so that I can find them when/if they make it to the top of my list. Funny how that works, then you see or hear of something else that just bumps #1 to #2 and right on down the list. Oh well maybe one day”! Anyway, I still have high hopes and lots of desire, so hopefully when I retire later this year I’ll have more time to invest in what I love so much. Just tonight at dinner I was telling my wife about a new idea I had. She’s used to it, and just nods because she knows they can always pre-empt my list and her request done next. She’s put up with me this long so I guess she has that right.

-- rdk, Georgia

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