Upcoming projects and designs. #12: Now that the workshop is clean, the upcoming projects list...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-13-2011 08:08 PM 1231 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that I have the shop clean, and I won’t kill myself, or my family working out there, I have a list of stuff that I need to get done (in the shop, there are other projects but not woodworking neccesarily that need done too!).

#1. Wiring the shop with a sub panel, and at least a 60 amp main, 3 20 amp circuits. 1 for climate control (heat / ac), 1 for dust collection, and 1 for the running tool. That should be sufficient for my shop setup.

#2. Insulate the walls to keep from letting conditioned air heat or cool outdoor air… I am thinking of in place blown in insulation. This will require the siding between the garage doors be replaced (rotted at the bottom) and the sheetrock replaced. This will also be my opportunity to permanently duct the A/C in through that segment of wall, and make cold weather caps to keep winter from blowing in the holes…

#3. A modified version of Suwat Phruksawan’s (sorry if I misspelled the name) space saving clamp rack. I want to increase my clamp storage capacity, and keep the overall footprint the same. I also want to figure out a way to integrate the upper shelf into the rack itself.

#4. Suwat’s tall / multi purpose auxiliary fence for the BT3×00. This thing has a LOT of great functions from tenons, and tongue & groove to splines… Gotta love it!

#5. Build of MY design for a band saw log milling jig. I tried the Wood Magazine design, and utterly failed. I have some ideas how to improve it to where it will work the way I want it to.

#6. Doggie urn for our beloved Labrador Retriever Deacon. He is presently in a cheap, basic pine urn. I have the design laid out, and the plan is for a walnut trimmed maple urn, dovetailed, with a mesquite dog bone inlay, as well as inlaid license and ID tags. It’s been a while, but I must admit, even though we have a great new dog, I still miss the old boy…

#7. Long blanket chest / coffee table. Basically I want to make an Amish blanket chest, but make the thing 4’ long to use as a coffee table in the living room. This will be used to store DVDs and other misc media.

#8. TALL blanket chests (2) / end tables. Blanket chests built as end tables for the living room, oddly enough, to hold extra blankets… (Running out of room in the master closet, linen closets in my house are a joke…)

#9. Clocks. I have requests for copies of my Cross Clock that I designed and built in 2009 for my wife, as well as Tambour clocks, and shaker wall clocks. I LOVE building clocks so these may be the first projects that get done!

This should keep me more than busy enough. But with any luck, and LOML’s cooperation, we will see if I can stay disciplined enough to clean the shop after use, and keep LOML from tossing whatnot out there just because she doesn’t know where else to put it… Oh, maybe that will speed up project…

#10. A garden shed to keep non shop related stuff like lawn & garden, BBQ, and bicycles…

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 08:53 PM

That’s a good list! i wish our HOA would allow out buildings. I’d have my garden stuff out of my shop in a blink. I’d rather ask my wife to park outside than take on our HOA and ask for a variance, though!

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 08:56 PM

My HOA C&R states a max size of 10×12x9, but there are a mess of 12×16, and 16×20 outbuildings, with roof heights in the teens. A variance should be plenty easy to get, but I only want to go 10×12… The hard part for me is the phone company ran the phone line diagonally across my yard and I need it moved. Actually removed would be fine. I have no plans on going back to a land line any time soon…

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 01:47 AM

New topic. No particular reason, I write this now.

I have watched you over time. You truly do a blog. I do not. You outline what you are going to do and what you have done. I think I don’t have the time and energy to do it, I envy you.

Neil has suggested I should do a true blog, on more than one occasion. Perhaps it would be a good venue for me. I don’t know.

But let me say this, at least once. I really appreciate your communications describing what you are doing. It is fun to see the progress, especially since you have a goal, a design. And a budget. Limits makes it interesting. And I have some sense of what your limits are, in many intellectual dimensions…..because you have told us.

Just looking at a line or two, it reads pretty mundane. But a blog is a collection of many communications. Some of them very concrete, perhaps simplistic. And some are much more intellectual, and thoughtul. And some are insightful and reflective.

That’s one of the reasons you always see me here. You let us into your shop life…..and then some.


........and then there are other reasons I am here…........and I don’t think I have to state those…......


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