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Workshop Development #50: More on the miter / mortiser workstation...

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« Part 49: Making adjustments on the fly... Mortiser bench... Part 50 of Workshop Development series Part 51: Thoughts turning to getting non shop out of my shop! »

Last night was a very lazy night, LOML spent plenty of time snuggling up on the sofa, and, well honestly dozing off watching the Olympics… But I did get some shop time in, and was able to manage to get the shelves, shelf cleats, and front blocks for the shelves cut to size. The front blocks will live somewhere around where my shins are, so I am SERIOUSLY considering breaking out the router and relieving the corners of these things before I install them…

My construction methodology has devolved into glue and screws, which I guess is fine for shop fixtures. I really wanted to take my time and practice joinery during this build, but time is something I don’t have enough of. The reason for this build is to get stuff off the wall, the reason to get stuff off the wall is to get the sheetrock off the wall, in order to allow for the electrical installation blah blah blah. You get the idea… I am sweating my tail off when I cannot run the AC in there, and I certainly do NOT want to go into another winter without insulation, or sufficient power to run the table saw AND dust collector at the same time…

I need to figure out how to remove the mortiser tool holder as I installed the wonderful thing 1/2” too high. I have considered cutting it as close as I can with my pull saw, and then hand planing the rest off, making a new one, and insuring I install it at the right height…

The fun will really start when I start buttoning up those walls with fresh sheet rock…

I am seriously looking forward to starting over as it were, with my walls as a clean slate. I have some serious dislikes about the way I spaced things, in particular my clamshell cabinets, They are way too far apart from each other, and way too far to the right. I need to move the left unit 16” further to the left, and total distance from left edge of left cab to right edge or right cab to be 8’, I want as little as possible under the door track as I will be putting an 18” deep shelf on top of these cabinets acting as a bridge. Things like sandpaper and other light consumables will be on some small shelves mounted between the cabinets, and turning tools will be housed on some simple piano hinged doors held in with broom clips..

I am still debating what to do with the floor. Every time it rains, water, not much, but a tiny bit of water seeps under the bottom door seal. I am concerned that might mess with any sort of coating. And honestly, all I really think I will need is a couple more of those anti fatigue mats tossed around the shop for good measure…

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 723 days ago

You are giving me some rumblings of ambition to redo my shop, but I don’t think it will fit my schedule. So I kinda put up with what it is. Functional, but not beautiful, and anything but ideal.

Re the door. Either it is a big problem, meaning the grades of the driveway and the garage are wrong, or it is a small problem that could be cured with something glued, screwed, or whatevered to the floor where the door hits. Sounds like a small problem, but not a problem I have ever addressed.

I think I am down to just a few lines of code on my program. Then comes the rest of the story, the templates. First for my PA, then for me. But it can be used before all the templates are done, since you can mix things with the present system.

Of course it gets a test with my PA, and I might find I have to change something, but I bet not. There are a few areas that need refining….the undo/redo code, which is quite complicated because there is text user generated, program generated, and text routinely replaced in the fields. I think I am going to compromise and make that part of it not perfect, but usable. Besides….....who makes mistakes?.....(-:

Good to see you having a lazy evening…...remember your back, pace yourself….....advice from an old fart who has no choices but to pace himself…........(-:

Later…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 723 days ago

I got the shelves installed tonight. Not quite enough space to store everything I need stored, but if I exclude all non shop stuff, It is not only enough space, it is WAY more than enough space…

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

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#3 posted 722 days ago

Spent a bit more time out there, clearing out the junk that LOML bought for the garden that she never used, have empty shelves, and 2 big totes full of junk. What to do with those totes is another story all together…

I have a 1 cu yd bag of Cedarcide granules I need to get busy applying to the yard, a stack of trash bags from my BILs old house (when he and his ex split, she put his stuff in these trash bags…), and a couple of small coolers that need to find different homes. My drawer build can’t come fast enough. That will free up another tote.

I have some tools I need to offload, and soon, just to free up space. This should be fun…

Will be posting classifieds soon…

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

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#4 posted 722 days ago

I have a couple areas in the garage that I would like to clear out if I ever get the time. We have done some sorting and throwing a couple years ago, but time to do more. Sherie made a lot of space just shredding old documents over the last year.

Don’t know how the people that hoard can stand it, but it is easy to accumulate “stuff”.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 721 days ago

I woke up yesterday with my back feeling a bit out of sorts. By the time I got off work, it was way more than a bit… So Debi and I decided to go to Marios Flying Pizza in Seabrook TX and enjoyed dinner together without much hassle. We got home, and my back was screaming, so I finally gave it and took one of the muscle relaxers the doc gave me. I hate them because they make me too sleepy… Anyway I went ahead and took one of them, and sat down with Debi and watched our DVR copies of the Olympics.

I love watching the Olympics on the DVR. I can shoot right through the stuff I don’t want to see. I really wanted to watch the diving, gymnastics, and canoeing / rowing stuff… The American womens (really girls but oh well) Gymnastics team was awesome. Not Kerri Strug type performance, but still awesome. This is the first time I even noticed synchronized diving, and was very impressed with the Mexican team. Those ladies really put on a good show…

By the time it got to the paddling events, the muscle relaxer had kicked in, my wife was rubbing my back, and, well… I went bye bye… Need to re-watch those events!

I was having a spirited Facebook discussion with a friend that is on the other side of the political spectrum from myself about the social implications of the Chick-Fil-A controversy. And while I don’t want to start a discussion here about that whole thing, I must say no matter your perspective on the whole affair, but the turnout at those restaurants yesterday was staggering. I have 3 main routes from work to the house I can take, and all of them had traffic messed up by the event…

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

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#6 posted 719 days ago

I admit to watching some Olympics for the last few days, in the evening. I don’t have much for favorites, but I tend to gravitate to the swimming, volleyball, and some gymnastic events. Although I probably spent more hours of my life playing basketball, than any other sport. Mostly though, not heavy into sports. And never varsity type stuff. I think the pain generated in my back (scoliosis) kind of turned me off to sports.

Chick-Fil-A….....the most interesting thing about that to me is…......I never heard about Chick-Fil-A before! What the heck is Chick-Fil-A.?........(-:

........guess I will Google it….....

Politics is one stressor I leave out of my life. Too much on my plate. At least in medicine, there is one general rule that for me is simple, and resolves most issues…......If it isn’t good for the patient, then it isn’t good at all.

Think the coding is done on my program. I have to revisit the undo/redo part which I tried to make too granular for this application. The code, which I wrote years ago, works good for most text processing. But this application has too many automated and convoluted intricacies in it. I will make it less granular if I can’t do a quick fix this morning. A good general rule in programming is that if it is easy for the user, then it is complicated for the programmer…......meaning, if it is easy for the user, then the computer has to do more work, and since computers are completely stupid, that means you have to tell them a lot more how to get the issue at hand accomplished…......

Later…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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