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Woodworking projects under way. #16: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. Mounted up. Just need finish and catches.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-16-2011 05:49 PM 5395 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. Doors done. Almost complete... Part 16 of Woodworking projects under way. series Part 17: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. Not done, but loading it up. »

Well, there it is, mounted up on the wall, and ready to be loaded, almost. I still need a set of magnetic catches for it… At the pace I am going, I won’t apply a finish to it, which won’t really matter much. My strong tie workbench has no finish, for the last 10 years and it is holding up fine…

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



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Kerry Drake

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 06:14 PM

Can’t help but notice the Harbor Freight Lathe. I just got one myself. Are you happy with yours?

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH, http://thenickedfinger.wordpress.com/

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dbhost

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 07:13 PM

I’ve had it for a couple of years. I like it so far. I do have trouble with the nuts on the stand working loose, but nothing loctite won’t fix…

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

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GregD

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 07:40 PM

a/c keeping you cool enough in this heat? I’ve got a project I’d like to complete before calling it quits for the summer. Hopefully I’ll get out to the garage around dawn on the weekends and can get something done before the heat drives me back inside. Even that won’t work much longer.

-- Greg D.

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dbhost

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 09:41 PM

Honestly, I haven’t been running it much. I have been spending less than an hour out there when I go so I don’t bother with AC. I just turn on the air filter full blast and let it move the air around. It has been fine until yesterday. I sweated all over my lathe bed and now have rust I need to remove…

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

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GregD

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 10:21 PM

Yup. When I’m sweating so fast I can’t keep the sweat off the tools or the work I give up for the summer…

...which doesn’t end until Halloween

-- Greg D.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 11:45 PM

ENVY, ENVY!

Nice work….......these really look like winners. Please keep track of what you learned in blogs or whatever, because I will be grilling you. But not for a few months.

I am so tired of shop work, though, that I have determined that when the minibench is done…......really close…....... and the TS Dust Collection is done….......I just have to do something totally not for the shop.

I have a pile of blog and project items to do as a result of all my shop activity. I decided to just keep rolling and do them at the end.

Well, down to the shop. I have a pretty free weekend ahead, including this afternoon…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 01:03 AM

Even though these are technically “shop projects” they honestly are more for my wife than me. She REALLY wants the freezer in the garage, so I needed to make space for it. I have a few more of these projects coming up, including a rework to the miter saw bench / strong tie bench… I have to abbreviate it to allow the freezer to sit on the shelf right by the door… Boy do I need power out here or what?!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 02:14 AM

I hear you about making space. I just need to tear down my old stuff, make cabinets, and mobilize most of the tools.

Gotta have the power. I just got into running wire and putting in receptacles from very early on. Took electrical and radio shops in high school. Then got into ham radio, lived in Fairbanks where you have to be able to do everything, at least we did back in 1975. So I just kept on progressing and polishing my skills.

Well, down to attaching the blast gate to my slide on DC manifold, that fits on one end of the minibench. It is removable in case it gets in the way in certain positions in the shop. The bench is mobile, but I suspect will move around a fairly small space.

Then a little sanding of two shelves. Then couple coats of Watco, have about 2/3 of that left to do, then electrify the thing. This bench will be a real workhorse, I use that project top all the time when making stuff. It will be the default top for the minibench.

I don’t know if I told you I bought a Bosch multitool awhile back. It works as my detail sander, although it isn’t random orbital, I can’t see anything to complain about. It makes a great detail sander. (Bosch makes a look alike that is just for sanding with a random orbital action). Cut the piano hinge for the two doors with it, and just cut off four 1/4” bolts to size with it. It is quite easy to control, and it has become a goto tool. I also cut out a rectangular piece of wood , out of the bench, for one of the hinges. And I cut the rectangular DC port in one end of the 3/4” plywood. This will all be pretty obvious with pictures, and pctures should happen this weekend.

Finally have kicked back, mostly done in the shop. I may try to get a coat of Watco on that manifold. Want to use the minibench for sanding its own shelves.

Well off to do a few more things….home alone, but think I will have left over spaghetti….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 03:24 AM

OK, got a second wind, put the blast gate in the manifold after sanding it, and preceeded to sand the last two shelves….......using the minibench downdraft system…...slick. So tomorrow morning it is the Watco, then electrify it in the afternoon. Zounds….....on a roll…......

Later….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 06-17-2011 03:40 AM

.........even had my shop surround sound (this is the last station for old speakers and electronics before trashing, but it sounds pretty good) system going…..listening to George Winston, Montana…..a Love Story. Really neat, until the DC and the sanders started going…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 06-17-2011 03:43 AM

.......probably need some old rock and roll to overcome the machine sounds….....ZZ Top is your stuff…...as I recall…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#12 posted 06-17-2011 05:04 AM

Mostly 80s stuff. A lot of progressive rock (Rush, Pink Floyd etc…) and a lot of stadium rock (ZZ Top, Bon Jovi etc…) and of course, a tip of the 10 gallon hat to Country…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 06-17-2011 04:19 PM

.......on the first cup of coffee, ready to get into the fumes. Fortunately, it is sunny out, if cool, at 44 deg. Should warm up and I will be able to keep the front and back entry doors open. On this concrete pad is the garage, then my shop behind it, then a large triangular storage area. The front entry door is in the garage, the back is in the storage area. But they allow a pretty good movement of air with the doors open, and the Magic Screen doors in place.

Later…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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