A journey into the workshop. #57: More cleanup. Squeezing it in when I can...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-03-2010 11:02 PM 1307 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been unable to get much shop time lately, and currently my biggest project is cleanup. As my gentle readers know, I got stopped toward the end of an attic insulation project by spiraling temps. I simply do NOT want to fry my skull off in order to insulate my attic… But several rolls of R30 remained in the shop. Well that got taken care of yesterday.

In all honesty, with the insulation out of the way, the smoker, and trash cans rolled out into the driveway, my shop feels downright cavernous. My concern here would be resisting the temptation to fill it with more junk, or worse, being able to resist LOMLs wanting to fill it with more junk.

My trip home today will include a trip to Advance Auto Supply for a funnel. I did stop by Krogers yesterday, but no luck… The Krogers in my neighborhood simply does not carry funnels (say WHAT?!) so I have to go to an auto parts house to get one… I need to put the blade and bit cleaner back into the gallon bottle, then rinse the container out, put all the stuff like the brass brush, the bit jar etc… back together and stow it on the shelf…

I have finished Kitty Grave Marker Cross V2.0 (BIL asked for different dimensions) which was going to be my submission for the Nothing New But The Glue challenge, but I ran over time wise due to other projects… So I have Kitty Grave Marker Cross V1.0 sitting there on my workbench, staring me in the face, taunting me, daring me to do something with it… Something tells me since the dimensions are off on this thing to simply bob it off to straight pieces, and head to the lathe…

The lathe dust hood pieces are at the ready more or less. A 4” ducted 4×12 floor register box, some galvanized flashing, and some rare earth magnets (magnets in shipping presently) are all that it should take.

Wood magazine had a pretty interesting band saw dust port upgrade in the most recent issue. I tried their solution. It failed horribly, and went back to my own. (Will post up detailed pics AFTER I send in my submission to Wood Mag). Took the pieces from my wood mag port build and put them back in the box of PVC parts from whence it came…

And I am discovering a need for at least a little bit of shelf space in my shop for non woodworking project stuff. Specifically about 2 60 quart totes worth of stuff. One of them is for R&D projects for ideas I am playing with on outdoor related items, the other is for electronics projects and pieces.

As the space gets cleaner and cleaner, and it is taking shape, admittedly slowly, but it IS taking shape, I am amazed at the bit of pride of accomplishment I get from this. I went from thinking I would never be able to pursue woodworking beyond what I could do with a circular saw due to budget, space, whatever, to having the stuff, but being so space limited I couldn’t get anything done, to actually making the space, and kicking finished projects of constantly improving quality out the door… It is all just a matter of taking everything a little manageable piece at a time, and constantly moving forward…

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 11:37 PM

Keep on keeping on

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 12:33 AM

I like to think I have a grand plan that I am working toward….......and I kinda do. I know what I am going to get rid of, and I know the big power tools will all be on wheels. But I keep on getting bogged down in building stuff to build stuff. Oh well, I should have started this 20 years ago…...............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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