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A journey into the workshop. #50: What's on the bench...

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I need to get busy, I have several simultaneous projects started, and needing to be completed. So far those projects have been getting, well… Less than enough attention. The projects currently waiting to be completed are…

#1. Advent Candle holder. No real rush for obvious reasons, but really needs to get done and out so I can clear a project off my bench.

#2. Redo of my drill press table. As those that actually regularly read my blog remember, I really hosed up my first attempt by not having my edge guide down tight enough and the routed dado walked in too far…

#3. Grave Marker cross for BIL’s Turkish Van cat. The first one built was too big.

#4. Cedar fence picket planter. Need to plane the pickets down from 5/8” (ish) to 1/2”, and then do the crosscutting…

#5. TV platform for entertainment center / armoire. It came with a 1/4” plywood platform. (WHAT were they thinking?!)

And of course, house painting and fencing…

I need to get more stump rot. I am thinking about applying the stump rot, and then covering the stumps with plastic to keep the stump rot from getting washed out with this *#$% incessant rain we have been suffering through this winter…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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#1 posted 1623 days ago

UPDATE.

More progress on the planter box. Planing of the fence pickets are done, the miters are cut, and the frames top and bottom are in glue & pins.

This was my first usage of the HF 23 ga pin nailer. I am not thrilled about the lack of a safety device, but I am fully aware of what the risks are with this device, and just like a REAL gun, whatever loaded or not, I make SURE I only point it at what I want the projectile to go into… I must say though, I had a HUGE surprise waiting for me when I plugged the air hose in (no ppphhhfffftttt sound, huh?) pulled the trigger (no report, not good…) I knew the compressor was fully cycled, followed the hose back to the compressor, and found that I hooked the wrong hose to the compressor… Switch hoses and all is well…

Tomorrow night, I get to finish cutting stock to length, glue & pin the rest of the planter together, drill the holes in the base, apply the finish, fill with soil and plants and call it good…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 1623 days ago

Sounds like my nails and glue construction that I use for shop stuff all the time. It’s amazing how fast you can put something together with that kind of construction, and it holds well. Underrated construction method

I think air is in my future, but I will wait until I am to the point that I remove all the cabinets and the old built in work bench that has the small power tools on it. Then I will run copper air pipe and the electrical circuits just below the French cleat that will go on the walls.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 1623 days ago

Well, the pins are small enough that unless you are looking for it, you won’t see it.

Now you know this is Norm’s fault right? I’d never even heard of a pin nailer before Norm Abram talked about them on NYW…

The miters are nice and square, but I don’t fully trust glue in miters, and I wasn’t about to spline a planter box either… So miters with glue and pins just sort of made sense… Better that than glue and screws right?

FWIW, the planed bottom pieces are getting planed down to 3/8”, so I can have 3/8” material above to pin and glue to…

Having done it this way, I would change the design and cut the rabbet 34/” wide x 1” deep instead of 3/4” x 3/4”... Design flaw, ooops…

Now I am not entirely certain HOW the pinner is going to fit in here with enough room to finish running the pins in, but that’s something I will just have to figure out. I figure I will pin the pieces in the corners first, then work my way toward the middle…

I will need to change out pin sizes when I start on it again this weekend. I have 1” pins in the gun right now, I need to swap out to 3/4” for pinning the bottom parts…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 1623 days ago

Actually, that sounds like a lot of fun just figuring out the angles and construction methods. And since it isn’t fine furniture, you don’ t have to sweat the details. I have made so much stuff with nails and glue and butt joints that seems to last forever, I wonder why we get so worked up about joints. But then again, I have used a lot of dados and an occasional rabbet over the years as well, when something was going to be subject to stresses.

In my hands a pin nailer will probably lead to a zillion small shop projects for me and small utility stuff for Sherie’s hobbies. I really should get one. I have a small compressor that I bought to blow up the tires on my motor home, that needed 60 pounds or some such thing, and the requirements just destroyed a small inflator I had. I probably ought to just buy the pin nailer and try it out, nothing to lose.

It’s a two gallon Coleman, very compact, cycles between 70 and 100 psi. Is that adequate for a pin nailer?

It’s just what I have. I though I would buy a much bigger quieter thing when I piped air around. The Coleman was bought just to inflate tires.

Now see what you have gone and done, I’ll be off doing things that will distract me from my main agenda again…...(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 1623 days ago

The pin nailer I use is the Central Pneumatic 97526 from Harbor Freight. After the 20% coupon, it was under $20.00. The girl offered the extended warranty, I had to stifle a laugh… (One year extension to a 1 year warranty, for $20.00, no thanks, I’ll just buy a new one if this goes out after the warranty expires…).

My compressor is the Central Pneumatic 95386 2HP 8 gallon model.

Rated capacity on the compressor is 5 CFM at 90 PSI…
Rated air usage on the pin nailer is 5.5 CFM at 90 PSI… That rating is total Barbara Streisand.

The pin nailer just churns along without the compressor cycling unduly.

Funds being what they are, that little Central Pnuematic will stay put for a while. BUT… Given the budget, and some creativity with my DC setup, I really like the 60 gallon Husky at Home Depot… More than enough air for everything I want to do, but it’s 240V which I don’t have…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 1623 days ago

Thanks for the info David. When I am wandering through HD, I will look at the Husky myself. Don’t think I want it yet, but it doesn’t hurt to windowshop.

I am pretty exhausted this weekend, had few heavy days at work. So I think I will piddle around in the shop. Put an another story on my measurement tote, maybe replace one of my old Q&D totes, and build another for some allen wrench T-handles. And I might not even get that much done.

Later….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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