This one's just for Jim in Alaska....

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-30-2012 04:34 AM 1779 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bench photo shows the in progress of cleaning it off. I am trying to clean out the totes so I can get them down to just 2. I have a LOT of surplus junk in them. A lot of it can get stuffed up in the attic. But tools and heat sensitive supplies stay in the shop.

The shot of the new compressor where it lives, for now. Shiny gloss black, and looking good. I could have gotten a 60 gallon Craftsman Professional on closeout for another hundred, but I don’t have 220 in my shop, and I wanted at least the illusion of portability.

The plastic shelving unit behind the compressor has a LOT of old spray paint cans that I am finding don’t work any more, they are gonna hit the Hazardous Waste center next week it looks like! I am also finding things like a set of plug wires for a Ford Ranger I sold 8 years ago, brake pads for my old Saturn (my first one, not the current one) and a gas door key for my 1962 Volkswagen Microbus that I had in High School… And no I wasn’t a flower child…

I have more than a little work cut out for me this weekend. I want to make forward progress with this cleanup / space making project, AND I need to spend some quality time on the ladder working on the ceiling finishing up retaping popped joints, texturing and at least spraying one coat on that ridge beam!

I have so much work to do, I wish I had more time, and money. Actually a lot of the house repair work I wish I could farm out so I could get back to the fun stuff!

I came up with an interesting design idea earlier today, I need to hack it out in Sketchup. Chances are good I will need to shim the bottom of my mortiser to insure it’s dead level to the miter saw, but I might just have this whole thing licked soon. Cavernous compartment storage and all…

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 05:47 AM

You don’t usually see a dog and a pumpkin on a work bench. Don’t get it too clean. It won’t feel like home…...........

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 06:38 AM

The trick or treat pup needs a fresh coat of poly…

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 06:53 AM

If you think that’s clean/messy, you should see mine at the present time. IT IS SHAMEFUL!

I too am “renovating” my shop. I just had WAY too much stuff in the garage.

I hope to have a shop that I can actually photograph and post here on LJ.

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 04:45 PM

Thanks for the pictures, and the comments about orphan parts! At home I have air cleaners for vehicles I haven’t had for nearly 20 years.It’s time for me to start throwing out old auto parts, oil, etc. as well.

Nice looking compressor, it looks well put together. It is amazing the variances in quality in some tool lines. Lowes is having some issues with its Kobalt brand, I can attest to by personal experience. By the way, my new band saw for the vacation home was built in Taiwan, and the fit and finish appear excellent. We’ll see how it runs today…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 10:05 PM

The difference in quality is actually shocking. I am used to HF having some duds, and some decent stuff. This compressor is actually far and away better quality than I should expect from, heck from anywhere, not just HF… I am still shocked at how much nicer quality wise this compressor is compared to everything else other than the Ingersoll Rand that met my requirements. Too bad the IR costs so much… I just couldn’t see spending $1,300.00 on a 30 gallon compressor is all…

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 12:44 AM

1300 is a lot of money for a compressor. I am betting your HF does the job. Remember, your duty cycle for the thing is not what a commercial shop does and it will probably do just fine.

I finally got the bandsaw up and adjusted, but now I have to make an adapter for the dust extractor. I have some plumbing pieces, but no nearby source for dust collector hose and connectors. So gotta be a little inventive. So first I have to get the plunge saw working to partition some plywood, which I will cut up further with the miter saw, and then make an adapter for the bandsaw….....with the bandsaw. It will be its first test project. And while I am at it, I will put the plunge saw and the miter saw to test as well. Perfect first project because it will get a bunch of tools into action, none of which I have used before.

Well, gotta go read about the plunge/track saw…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 07-02-2012 07:18 AM

I didn’t even spot the dog…...........or pumpkin

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