LumberJocks

Workshop Development #85: Some progress and a failed idea fixed!

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-02-2014 04:17 AM 580 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 84: You never know what you might find when you clean up your shop! Part 85 of Workshop Development series Part 86: Ladders stored, paint, shelves done, and a mess of cleaning! »

Sorry to keep this so short here. I posted it to my Blogger account instead. Long story to save me some typing I put it in a universal repository… Got the ladder issue worked though. Thought you might want to take a peek…

http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/02/not-much-shop-time-and-failed-idea.html

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



7 comments so far

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3686 posts in 1918 days


#1 posted 02-02-2014 05:59 PM

I kept on visualizing the ladder being hung high on a wall, next to the ceiling. Now I understand, and that is just a great solution!

Yesterday I had to do something different. I just needed a complete release. I had worked some in the morning, home alone, so I had to bust my butt to get Kermit up, his cage cleaned and watered, and get to the operating room by 0730 hrs, where I did a csection. Made rounds, and then came home.

So I rummaged through some old boxes of CD’s to find some of my old favorite classical and New Age things. I built the skeleton of a CD holder, and put them in it. (that is a mistake, of course, because I will probably never get back to it to finish it, so it will exist in a half done state forever). The CD holder sits on the back of my old kitchen cabinets in the shop, that I installed back in 1985. Those cabinets hold a lot of miscellaneous hardware, electronics, and store some small power tools. I eventually plumbed in a sink with hot and cold water, and set up a first class soldering station complete with magnifying light. The counter top holds my Worksharp, Dremel, a tool tote, the stereo system, wireless phone etc. I recently totally revamped the wiring there.

The most unusual item on the counter, is my original fluorescent desk lamp for college, purchased new 55 years ago. Quality item, my Dad ordered it from a supply house through the place he worked, so I paid wholesale. How is it still using its original bulbs? I studied with that through college and medical school. I built my first tube hi-fi system from Dynakits using that lamp, and (I used that amplifier and a separate tuner for about 10 years, with some AR-4 speakers). Now tell me what they did different back then to keep a lamp, and its bulbs, working for 54 years. I repeat, still the original bulbs! I suspect it is the large ballast and conservatively run tubes. That has made the difference. No starter on that lamp, you hold the button down till it comes on.

There is a real down side to our economy based on the proposition of throwaway stuff.

As I was building that CD holder, without plans, just a design based on happenstance, I noted how fast the plywood soaked up the glue. On one shelf, the fist one, I had to apply glue to both sides three times before I was done getting the joint set right. I was being stupid and use a short cut that cost about 20 minutes of fooling around, that would have taken me two minutes if I had done it right and set it up using my multipurpose bench with all its clamping abilities. It was a little cluttered with the TS dust control stuff, and I didn’t want to put those things away. FWW was right about the main problem with glue joints. They can easily be starved for enough glue due to the glue soaking in, and not being distributed right……

Later…………

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5387 posts in 1986 days


#2 posted 02-03-2014 12:13 AM

Interesting thing that you mention about the throwaway culture. I actually got interested in woodworking again (Loved it as a kid, never thought i would have my own shop though…) because I priced up quality furniture, as compared the the junk that most places sell, and decided I could build that for less money than the junk, and have something my kids and grandkids could be proud of…

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

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5387 posts in 1986 days


#3 posted 02-03-2014 12:26 AM

Oh, FWIW, I posted another one. My big ladder, paint, etc… are done, and i found more stuff…

http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com/2014/02/ladders-hung-shelving-installed-paint.html

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

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5387 posts in 1986 days


#4 posted 02-03-2014 03:11 AM

I was thinking you are right about glue joints starved for glue in plywood. ..

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

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3686 posts in 1918 days


#5 posted 02-03-2014 08:46 PM

Finding a workbench and a TS in your shop, is a nice find…..........(-:

I continued to do lots of nothing yesterday in the shop. I got the old self-powered subwoofer going. It has a hum, and was discarded an number of years ago, not a very expensive item. But I realized that if I put in one of the cabinets under the old counter, I wouldn’t hear the hum, because all the fluorescents hum in the shop anyway, at least part of the time. Sure enough, put it in the cabinet faced it away from the door (deep bass is non-directional), and the hum became inaudible. Then I neatly drilled some holes in the door to let the sound out. That made a big difference in the sound. Then I removed a pretty good small Memorex speaker that I was using for a center speaker, and substituted a discarded Polk center speaker. Again a big difference. I had to build a stand for it to go on the wall, which I did, and lag screwed the stand into a stud.

That brought me to 1430, kickoff time for the super bowl here in Alaska. My bird Kermit and I watched the game and gloated over the Seahawk dominance. Generally, most Alaskans are Seahawk fans for obvious reasons. It is the closest team, and we tend to get to Washington frequently, and I have a vacation home in Washington close to Seattle. I have this wonderful leather covered chair and foot stool that Sherie got me about 12 years ago as a gift. I stretch out, put one knee up, that is where Kermit likes to perch, and watched the game. Kermit just like to be in the middle of things.

Later…...................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5387 posts in 1986 days


#6 posted 02-03-2014 08:59 PM

Sort of like Oregonians tend to be Seahawks fans… Mostly due to proximity…

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

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3686 posts in 1918 days


#7 posted 02-03-2014 10:59 PM

Well, my problem is that I don’t watch sports very often anymore. But the fever in Seattle, was infectious I guess, because most Anchorage fans had it too. And since I was home alone, why not. I actually watched a lot of football when I was younger, but then lost interest when it was difficult to do, because of proximity or the intensity of the training years. But now and then, I take in a game. Kermit enjoyed it at least as much as I did….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase