LumberJocks

A journey into the workshop.

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Blog series by dbhost updated 03-25-2014 07:50 PM 89 parts 111406 reads 444 comments total

Part 1: A journey into the workshop #1. Starting over, getting organized.

09-08-2009 06:17 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

After spending the time, money, and effort to get the equipment I need to get moving in earnest in woodworking, I am doing so. But a little background might help you dear readers to understand where I am coming from… I hated junior high, and high school. Passionately hated that entire experience with 3 major exceptions. #1. The social interactions. Some of the best friends I have ever had, I made in Junior High, and High School. I try to maintain many of those friendships even tod...

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Part 2: Benchop legs, and free mulch... Sort of.

09-10-2009 05:00 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

After my screwup with the pine legs, and the fact that pine 4×4s are a royal pain in the butt to find in Houston, I opted for a trip to Lowes to grab a couple of Aromatic red cedar 4×4s. Their so called “select” which I guess is supposedly select grade, but knottier than I would expect. So I get home with the 4×4s and notice that they are, well actually 4×4, and my plans call for nominal size lumber (3.5×3.5), so it was off to the jointer, and planer to...

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Part 3: More free mulch, broken planers, and burnt fingertips...

09-11-2009 05:41 AM by dbhost | 0 comments »

Well, I found 4 2×4x8s of cedar following me home in the bed of my truck tonight. Not a bad deal considering Lowes had them for a lower price than I am used to seeing them around here. ($5.16 each, I am used to seeing $6.89 each). So I came home with them, and decided to squeeze some planing time in before 9:00, and got the dressed boards down to at least thickness before I had to wrap it up. I have had my planer since Valentine’s day 2008, it was a gift from my wife. I love thi...

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Part 4: Knocking down the project list one by one...

09-12-2009 05:52 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

It happened so quickly I was actually kind of stunned when I was done. All of the materials were in one place, and just BEGGING to be used. The DC has been pretty much ignored since February as I have a bad habit of sucking nails and washers into my DC hose and hearing that awful noise when they hit the impeller… So a Thien Cyclone was in order. Honestly I was just being too lazy to get it done. I made a quick decision tonight that sped the process along. Instead of making a new l...

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Part 5: Improvements, mistakes, and where did that blood come from?

09-15-2009 04:02 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I can’t say enough good about how well the Thien separator on my dust collector is working. I tried avoiding building a pre separator to keep from taking up precious shop space. I can honestly say I am glad I finally opted to do it. I tired quickly from constantly emptying the lower bag from my DC with the Thien Baffle, so although my filter was staying clean, I was every other day, and sometimes once an hour pulling the lower bag from this thing, which can be a real chore! I continu...

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Part 6: The workbench is almost complete.

09-16-2009 04:24 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

There it sits, proudly in nearing completion glory. And it is almost usable! The dog holes, lower shelf, sanding, and finishing are all that is left to complete this project. I wasn’t sure I should post this one. The twist you see is an optical illusion. I have checked it with straight edges, levels, you name it. This thing is dead flat… My Central Forge 9” quick release vise fitted with wooden faces, and bench dog holes. Yes the back face of the vise is un...

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Part 7: The thought process so far on the bench. Veering away from the instruction video or sheet.

09-16-2009 10:32 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

Considering the fact that this bench was designed by the guys at Fine Woodworking to be a skill builder, and I went off on my own tangent using the tools and resources I have to get to the same end. For example… The original plan called for 4×4 and 2×4 kiln dried construction grade lumber. I opted for rough cut 4×4 and 2×4 cedar lumber, planed, jointed, and then ripped it to nominal dimension. The grooves in the rails and spreaders are per the instructions cut ...

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Part 8: A bit here, a bit there, and it adds up to progress...

09-20-2009 03:51 AM by dbhost | 0 comments »

More progress to report. Not a lot of progress, but still progress… I managed to completed destroy the bearings in my old B&D Edge Hog edger, which really wasn’t a heart breaker. I have been itching for a gasser for a long time anyway. My local Ace Hardware had an Echo on clearance on the cheap. So it followed me home… Now the problem I had was the hanger for the electric would not suffice for the much larger gas model. So a Closetmaid yard tool hanger gizmo also foll...

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Part 9: Accidental finishing started...

09-23-2009 04:17 AM by dbhost | 0 comments »

Okay so the top WAS through final sanding and it indeed WAS ready for a finish, but the sides weren’t… But you know how these things go. Tight for space, and the workbench hasn’t been put in its final place. Fooling around on the lathe applying the finish to, well whatever it is. The product of my fooling around. (I am SERIOUSLY considering taking the suggestion to drill a counter bore in it and make a candlestick holder out of it…) I turned around to get more li...

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Part 10: Some pics of the workbench top...

09-24-2009 05:49 AM by dbhost | 3 comments »

Not much today. Just snapped some pics of the workbench top to show y’all how it is looking… I don’t know about you folks, but I LOVE that color! I need to finish sanding the edges and get after them with some oil, then get after the base… And finally, wax it all down…

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Part 11: Being a wrap artist...

09-28-2009 05:51 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

No no… not rap like Urban Hip Hop make your ears bleed through 5000 watts coming out of a Gold plated and fake diamond encrustedHyundai sort of rap, but wrap as it wrapping the sisal rope for the kitty condo… The multi tiered kitty condo is coming together, and quickly at that! I was able to spend some quality time with the brad nailer, hot glue gun, and sisal rope yesterday, I am down to having about 3’ of 2×4s to wrap in rope left, and then upholster the top tier i...

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Part 12: Moving the table saw, and sticking the bench top tools to the wall...

09-30-2009 05:21 AM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Just a short note about the progress on my shop made today… #1. The lumber for the fence got stacked more neatly to the side, in a much taller stack. This proved to be a less than brilliant idea, but it is what it is… #2. The table saw, and workbench got moved into their almost final positions in this workshop. Which means bench behind table saw to act as outfeed support, and both rotated 90 degrees so that oufeed from the bench can get picked up by the craft bench. #3.Th...

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Part 13: Got the tool stacking system in place.

10-01-2009 02:01 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Simply put, I took sheathing grade ply, cut it into 18×24” panels, drilled holes and counterbores for mounting hardware for my bench top tools, and mounted that all up on Rubbermaid adjustable closet shelf hardware… The panels are sized so that I can simply clamp them down to my workbench and get to work, which is awfully handy since that is where the dust collector is plumbed near… Now to dismount the old mounting boards from the tool stands, and get ready to t...

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Part 14: Mail ordering shop projects...

10-03-2009 05:55 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

Anyone that has tensioned and de-tensioned the blade on a Harbor Freight, or Ridgid 14” band saw has had the experience of trying to turn the tension knob while it is right next to the back side of the upper wheel guard. Not much of a problem for someone with dainty hands, but if you are built with beefy paws like some of us… getting the knob turned while trying to keep from trapping your fingers between the knob and the wheel guard. While there are aftermarket products, specif...

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Part 15: More storage improvements.

10-05-2009 01:01 AM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I have had a reasonably busy weekend of restructuring my storage in the garage workshop. I am finally getting around to removing the mistakes I made a couple of years ago by purchasing some very LIGHT duty undersized storage shelves with a usable shelf size of 12” deep x 24” wide. These are being replaced slowly but surely by a heavy duty (as much as common plastic shelving can be) “24” deep x 36 wide shelving units from Lowes. While both units appear to be made of...

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Part 16: Being there for one of my best friends... I NEED TO VENT. NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!!!

10-05-2009 05:22 PM by dbhost | 18 comments »

I sat in my shop, more or less leaning on the bench, kind of staring at the mess, and the equipment, not really getting anything done… I had just gotten off the phone with one of my best friends from high school. The guy that was the best man at my wedding, and has been there for me through thick and thin… And I’d like to think I have been likewise… But the news last night was a bit much to take. I am pretty sure I sounded like a fool on the phone, but what can you ...

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Part 17: Coming clean sure is dirty work! or. A little pictoral evidence for Jim..

10-06-2009 05:00 AM by dbhost | 16 comments »

Jim from Anchorage, you asked for photographic evidence of the mess, and what the heck. I’m not too proud… So this is what a shop looks like when you tear it from end to end to reorganize it, and are only about a quarter of the way through the project… (And I needed something to lighten up my day a bit!) The current view from the entry door to the shop. Hey at least you can tell there is a workbench and a table saw in there, sort of… Oh, the big green thing immed...

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Part 18: Quality time with the trash can...

10-07-2009 08:14 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

I have an evening free! What to do with it? (Oh sure, like that was ever in question!)... The plan for tonight is to wheel the large things out that don’t belong, and start trash bagging up the junk. Thing like empty bottles of Armor All, and who knows what… Hazardous waste gose to the hazardous waste collection center, and junk lumber such as unusable cutoffs, like that piece of kiln dried pine that just splits every time I look at it… go into a bundle, and out to the cu...

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Part 19: Getting nothing done at all... Frustrating night...

10-08-2009 04:36 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Between LOML calling and keeping me on the phone. (She was at the hospital with her brother, long story, nothing to panic about though…) and my work phone paging me all night long over stuff that didn’t have to do with me… I never got the chance to get out into the shop last night for more than 5 minutes. I did manage to dig out 4 boxes of tiles that don’t match anything in my house that were sitting on one of the shelves. And about 4 gallons of Ace Bone White paint...

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Part 20: Still working on purging the shop of unneeded junk...

10-09-2009 05:32 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Last night wasn’t super productive, but I did get some clearing out done. The tally so far? 2.5 gallons of Ace Hardware Bone White interior semi gloss, 1.5 gallons of Walmart ColorPlace off white, 2 gallons of some god awful color the prior owner to my house had in the garage that must be at least 10 years old now… Nearly full bottles of DuPont Teflon car wash, car wax, and wheel cleaner (tried it, hated them…), almost empty bottle of Armor All Extreme Tire Shine, abou...

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Part 21: Bye bye chicken legs!

10-10-2009 02:45 AM by dbhost | 3 comments »

Well they came! Sears item 22219 Wide Table Leg Kit for Craftsman model 22811 table saws. Now to refresh the memory of those that don’t recall, the 22811 was a Ryobi BT3000 table saw, with a Craftsman label on the front, and a different hand wheel. The leg kit is a functional match for the no longer available Ryobi accessory for my BT3100. I do say functional as the leg kit is NOT a cosmetic match, as the BT3100 stand legs splay instead of take a trip straight down, and the paint ...

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Part 22: Not much shop time this week. But a little bit of progress...

10-15-2009 04:27 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

My big plans for my week got tossed to the curb between dealing with an unexpected cardiac surgery on my BIL, and work running rather late, I just haven’t had much time in the shop. What evening I did have open to myself (tuesday) was hot and humid, (85 degrees 100% humidity, ICK!) so I did not WANT to be out there… I did get 3 reasonable things done since Sunday though… #1. Removed all the junk from on top of the table saw, and workbench and put it away. Considering t...

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Part 23: Starting to be an air head...

10-19-2009 05:26 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Okay I know, cheesy title for saying. Woo Hoo I finally got a compressor! The piles, and piles of other stuff in the way are dwindling, and the dust collection is up and working quite nicely. This is actually my Wife’s fault. She wanted to go to Big Lots, and has been after me to replace the Arrow electric brad nailer for a while now. A little background before I confuse you to death… I have an Arrow ET200 electric brad nail gun, and it, well sort of drives brads. What ex...

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Part 24: My head hurts for good reason...

10-30-2009 11:26 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

So last night, I took one of my bowl blanks, I believe this stuff is Camphor due to the smell (it smells like Vicks), but I wouldn’t testify to that in court. The wood came from a tree that had been storm fall from Hurricane Ike last year. So anyway… Like I said I took one of my bowl blanks, about 6” in diameter, and mounted it to the face plate, roughed it out, and created the tenon on the bottom of the blank. Removed it from the face plate, and mounted it on my chuck...

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Part 25: Tuning my Groz #4. You'd be amazed how sweaty you can get...

11-01-2009 03:55 AM by dbhost | 10 comments »

Like most new planes, heck, what am I saying, like most planes, period, new or new to you, my Groz #4 was in need of a tuning. First things first check the sole for flatness… Heel to toe dead flat. This is a good sign, Side to side it is concave, at 120 grit I get scratches all the way accross, but moving up the grits the ones in the very center don’t even hardly come out. Time to work this plane on the sharpening board. Now I am pretty sure this isn’t the RIGHT way to do...

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Part 26: Working on anniversary and Christmas presents...

12-01-2009 03:08 AM by dbhost | 9 comments »

I have a few projects that are, well in progress for Christmas, and my wedding anniversary. One of them is the obligatory cutting board, of black walnut and red oak. Finished dimensions are going to be 22” x 16” x 1,25” thick. No handle, but a simple 1” hanger hole in one of the corners is in the design. This is the first time I have ever attempted anything along the sorts of this kind of glue up. So far it looks pretty good. I will need to get it to a shop that has a ...

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Part 27: Christmas presents continued...

12-03-2009 03:37 AM by dbhost | 10 comments »

More to the point, the cutting board… Now mind you, I KNOW that a cutting board is probably NOT the thing you want to get or make for just any wife, but my wife likes to cook, and LOVES high end kitchen goodies. Pampered Chef is like crack to her… Completely addictive… Sort of like Lumberjocks I guess… Anyway I digress. I made more progress on the board today, and it is really starting to take shape. I fished through my roundover bits, and my routers, found th...

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Part 28: A mantle clock underway in the shop.

12-13-2009 06:07 AM by dbhost | 8 comments »

So the mantle clock project is underway, the walnut and oak strips are cut, and the stripe section is glued up and drying in the clamps… It is now too late to run power tools, so the cross section will need to wait until tomorrow. I had a $10.00 off any purchase of $20.00 or more at Woodcraft coupon, so I got my walnut there. I really only needed / wanted 2 board feet anyway, just enough to finish up this project, and maybe do another one for MY desk after Christmas is over…...

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Part 29: Making progress on the extension wing.

12-18-2009 06:45 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Up until now the extension wing to the BT3100 has been a simple two layer 3/4” pine ply lamination. Simply a nice, flat table top. That is all about to change… LOML gave me an early Christmas present of a Bench Dog Pro Plate and Rockler insert template, and I have some Rockler miter track just laying around, so it was time to measure up where I wanted everything, and write is down. 5.25” in from each side, 7” in from the end. Miter slot in 5.5” from the end. ...

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Part 30: More progress on the extension wing.

12-19-2009 01:56 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

Well, I went to the BORG today, and picked up the tempered hardboard. I had them cut it a hair large, which was a good thing. My plan was to laminate it up, then use a flush trimming bit to even it up. Well it would appear that the panel saw at the League City Home Depot doesn’t cut quite square. From top to bottom of the cut I had him make (split the sheet right down the middle at 48”, the top to bottom variation was over 1/4”. I know, these are rough cuts, and thankfully I...

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Part 31: Router got away from me. Start over, or patch?

12-20-2009 12:46 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

The subject line pretty much sums it up. It was my screw up, I was pushing when I should have been pulling, and had the router jump away from the straight edge. I now have a nice 1/2” divot to the side of the miter slot. Not it’s descision time… I haven’t been very happy that I started with pine ply to begin with, and have almost wanted an excuse to redo the whole thing out of birch ply. This would be a perfectly acceptable time to yank the entire assembly off and s...

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Part 32: Table Saw router wing almost done, and a commission of sorts...

12-28-2009 04:52 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

My table saw router wing, the thing that has been victim to my stupidity, and a runaway router is nearly complete. Some final sanding of the edges, installing the leveling hardware, router switch, and final adjustments are all that is left to do… The runaway router goof was corrected by cutting the slot oversize, and shimming it with a strip of red oak, and a strip of tempered hardboard. Yes I know it sounds funny, but it really doesn’t look all that bad… The router pl...

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Part 33: Fixing the rip fence, and almost finishing the extension wing.

12-29-2009 04:47 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

Well, the sanding was done, I still need to install the leveling hardware for the router plate, so one last item there, and I am done. I had noticed that my rip fence wasn’t quite up to snuff. The handle nearly pointed at the floor before the fence locked in place. After seeing a thorough write up on BT3Central I decided that it was time to fix my fence, and per instructions, I straightened the tail on the clamper A cam, reassembled the fence, and tested it. All is well and good. Th...

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Part 34: Getting sick of standing shin deep in shavings...

12-30-2009 06:23 PM by dbhost | 10 comments »

The rush to get projects done for Christmas is finally over, family demands are back to normal, I have a little bit of time to get out into the shop and do some cleanup… But where’s the floor? I know there is a floor in here SOMEWHERE… Let’s see, those long shavings would drop right down into the dust bin instead of going on to the DC right? Sure… You get where I am going with this? I finally had the time to do some cleanup after the mess of projects ...

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Part 35: Found the floor. Need to rest, and try again tomorrow....

12-31-2009 05:26 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Well, I found the floor, at least the parts not covered with fencing material (still). Tomorrow is another wet and dreary day, so back in the shop I go with the heat on, and get back to cleaning, discarding junk, and organizing… I grabbed my measurements for the space the lathe cabinet / ballast cabinet needs to be in, and am taking that into Sketchup during slow time over the next few days. The cabinet is going to end up made out of 3/4” and 1/2” Birch ply, because th...

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Part 36: The strange things we do to clean up...

01-05-2010 06:52 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

So I’m out in the shop last night… working on clearing the piles of stuff off of my assembly table / bench. Let’s see, I have a couple of surplus closet shelf brackets, and I have a 48” long piece of 12” wide 1/2” plywood. What kind of trouble can I get in with that right? Well inspiration, or stupidity led me to mounting the brackets, with their bottoms 1/8” higher than the top of the molding for the entry door to the shop… 4 wall anchors...

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Part 37: Lathe stuff growing, need to get busy with the stand cabinet...

01-13-2010 09:27 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

So… it started out pretty simple, a Central Machinery #34706 lathe, basically a Jet JWL1236 clone, and the 8 pc Benjamin’s best chisels found their way into my shop… I got a few spindles turned, got pretty good with rolling beads and coves, nothing too serious, just having fun for now… But… I wanted to try bowls… Start with faceplate turning, that worked pretty well for THICK bottomed bowls, but after the first time of mashing the bowl gouge into the ...

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Part 38: Not ready to review it yet... But the Wolverine Sharpening jig is in...

01-15-2010 05:55 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

Well, it arrived Tuesday, but I have been busy enough that I didn’t even bother taking it out of the box and setting it up until last night… The Wolverine Sharpening Jig looks plenty well made coming out of the box, mostly good welds (the weld holding the through bolt for the platform is pretty messy, but solid), acceptable, but not all that impressive of a finish on the V arm and platform. After seeing this set up, I am not sure it is that much more impressive than the grin...

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Part 39: Lumberjocks Workshop page updated.

01-15-2010 10:33 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

For those shop voyeurs that like seeing updates on the shop entries, mine has been updated to reflect the current configuration (I still need better pics…). The shop isn’t where I want it yet, but it IS functional, and coming along nicely. I fear this will be a perpetual project…

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Part 40: Organize, organize, organize...

01-25-2010 05:54 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

A couple of months ago, I added a compressor, and pnuematic nailers to my tool arsenal, which is all well and good. I created a nice cubby hole as it were for the compressor directly underneath the dust collector which sits on a riser stand of sorts… I did not, however, make accomodations for the nailers, or for that matter the majority of the junk that was on my original workbench… So some cleaning and organizing was in order… Now for those that don’t recall, I ...

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Part 41: Precariously perched with drywall square and pencil in hand...

01-27-2010 10:39 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

After all the layout work in sketchup, I was able to get up on the ladder last night to measure and mark where the ceiling lights are supposed to go. all of them 4’ in from the sidewalls, front row 2’ from front wall, back row 2’ in from garage door opening / wall (Will end up covered when doors are open). And of course the middle row right at 10’ from front or back wall. (20’ long garage you know…) Upon looking at this layout, I do not like it… Bu...

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Part 42: Lighting, and a broken drill press table.

01-28-2010 05:29 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

So I get to scooting stuff around my shop, and the drill press has to move. Now it’s been a couple of hot to cold, dry to humid weeks (typical of winter here in coastal Texas), and I haven’t given my DP much of a look see…. But it was in the way of where the ladder had to go. Now mind you, I didn’t pick it up by the table, but rather by the column, and moved it. When I set it down, and walked past, I brushed the table with my leg, and discovered it was loose. Upon clos...

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Part 43: The stuff in the attic is done, so now back into the shop...

02-08-2010 10:12 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I finished up running the outlets for the lighting, and have mounted the 4 fixtures I do have in their final configuration, and the light is spread WAY better throughout the shop. I have 2 more fixtures to pick up still (next pay period), but I am not sure how soon I will have an opportunity to mount them. The side of the shop they are on, is currently housing the fencing material, still. Ah yes, the fencing materials, the bane of my shops existence for now. As you may recall from earlier ...

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Part 44: A sudden change in project plans. Grave marker for a beloved cat...

02-21-2010 05:37 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

My BIL, whom I have mentioned on several occasions, on top of the other hardships he has endured this past year (diabetic coma, kidney failure, dialysis, disability, divorce etc…) had another trauma this week, his beloved Turkish Van.cat. This has got to be one of the coolest cats I have ever met… Yesterday I took off early, to dig the grave, prep a simple kitty casket, and we proceeded to bury him. Unfortunately no grave marker beyond a simple cross quickly fashioned out of ba...

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Part 45: Grave marker almost complete.

02-23-2010 04:59 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I was able to finish sanding, dry fitting, then gluing up the pieces for the cross last night, it is curing in clamps and cauls since about 8:00 P.M. last night. Tonight, assuming it’s not too cold to work in the shop it gets the chamfers routed in. Then we mark the location for the tags, and hopefully get the engraved plaque from the engravers in to install. I also located a bright brass floral holder that I would like to mount up… I am hopeful this weekend will be dry enough,...

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Part 46: More progress on the kitty grave marker.

02-25-2010 04:02 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I tried keeping it as simple as possible, and worked the best I could to make the grain complimentary, and this is what I have been able to come up with. What you see here will NOT be what is all visible above ground. Remember I have dot have something sunk into the concrete footer right? The design is pretty simple. Cross built from double layer cedar 2×4s, 12” wide x 24” tall (above ground). The edges are all relieved with my 1/2” 22.5 degree chamfer bit. I thought...

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Part 47: Great score, but not what I went in for...

02-28-2010 04:08 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

So my trip to Lowes today was originally intended to pick up a cedar 4×4, and potting soil for LOMLs flower pots, but instead I ended up with a lumber rack and about eight fence pickets… I know now would be time for me to explain… You see I want to build LOML a planter box from cedar, and I was planning on fence pickets, but they are usually over $3.00 per and not particularly clear etc… for Cedar pickets, so I was going to pick up a Cedar 4×4, resaw and plane i...

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Part 48: Working on kitchen cabinet re-organization projects...

03-12-2010 11:23 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

So as I am a tool junkie, LOML is a Pampered Chef junkie, and over the years, she has accumulated pretty much the entire PC catalog, and in many cases, several of the more important items such as pitchers, bakers, gravy boats and such… Now the problem is, we have a pretty pathetic cabinet layout for the size house we have. So we quickly overran the available storage capacity of the cabinets… Now our upper cabinets do not butt up against the ceiling, but rather match the heig...

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Part 49: More quality time with the peg board...

03-17-2010 04:41 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

Yeah before anyone asks, my camera is still dead, will be until this weekend… (Closest place that I know of that carries the Lithiums is up in Houston)... So be patient with me okay? Anyway, I get home from work last night with a little something tagging along for the ride. Not much, and not expensive either. Just a little HF 23 ga pin nailer. But I am working on a project that could really benefit from using pins, so in the cart it went. Anyway, so I have been thoroughly annoyed ...

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Part 50: What's on the bench...

03-18-2010 06:45 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

I need to get busy, I have several simultaneous projects started, and needing to be completed. So far those projects have been getting, well… Less than enough attention. The projects currently waiting to be completed are… #1. Advent Candle holder. No real rush for obvious reasons, but really needs to get done and out so I can clear a project off my bench. #2. Redo of my drill press table. As those that actually regularly read my blog remember, I really hosed up my first atte...

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Part 51: Working with the master electrician...

03-19-2010 08:37 PM by dbhost | 7 comments »

I am so completely grateful that I have friends that are master electricians, I know this is a luxury. So it has taken some time bantering back and forth, mostly due to me not fully understanding the process, and probably him milking this project for all the beer he can get… So a 70 amp load center / breaker panel from Square D has been ordered, as has the breakers, grounding bus, cable etc… But the most important part. The plans for the permit have been finalized, and we sh...

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Part 52: Projects at a standstill. New shop items on order, by order of SWMBO...

03-22-2010 05:16 AM by dbhost | 2 comments »

So Friday night, after dinner and helping with cleanup, I am doing some work in the shop. I’ve got the planer put up, and was doing some “put that away or I will never find it again” cleaning when SWMBO strolled out into the shop, and announced that I MUST clean this mess up. It would appear that to her, the ability to find the floor is important… Now I stood back and analyzed the situation… I could have argued with her, but those of you that are married know ...

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Part 53: Lost suction in my dust collector. Something to look out for!

03-23-2010 06:17 AM by dbhost | 4 comments »

So I was continuing with my planter box build tonight, and would up thinking, gee the air coming through the quick connect is sort of weak tonight, and I was verified when I made the first pass through the planer and the hose clogged up. Shut the system down, and started tracking down the culprit. It would appear that a single plastic Home Depot Bag got sucked up, somehow made its way past the Thien separator, and up to the cross piece in the impeller grate. Some cleaning was in order, and a ...

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Part 54: Mor progress on the insulating and HVAC front.

05-03-2010 05:41 AM by dbhost | 9 comments »

After an insanely bad last 3 weeks (you guys were wondering where I was right?) I got back into the shop for a couple of hours this weekend. Not to do any woodworking projects, but to work on the sop environment some more… I needed this shop time as a sort of Therapy. Like I said, the last 3 weeks have been truly awful. My sister in law went into the hospital due to complications of a long term fight with cancer. LOML and I were supposed to go to Oregon to visit with other relatives,...

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Part 55: Cleaning therapy...

05-06-2010 05:06 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I’ve been busy after work every day this week with projects that SWMBO has deemed I will be doing… We bought a queen memory foam mattress set for the guest bedroom, and I got to pick it up and move it in. Now this bed is a very simple bed, just a roller frame, and mattress set. Anyway, so the bed gets put in, then we haul tail over to the linens shop to get a sheet set, and of course a bed skirt because the bare roller frame is fugly… Now the guest bedroom more or less...

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Part 56: A busy weekend. Not sure I got enough done...

05-24-2010 04:35 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

So the weekend was full of all sorts of activity, not all of it in the shop, but enough… I finally got back to LOML’s planter box, finished it up. Finished up my BIL’s grave marker cross for his cat, (photos pending, I took them, just forgot to put them on Webshots…). I FINALLY got up off my lazy butt and yanked the 40T Diablo off of my Table saw, and dunked it in the blade cleaner. 3 to 5 minutes my fuzzy tail! However after about 45 minutes of soaking in the so...

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Part 57: More cleanup. Squeezing it in when I can...

06-03-2010 11:02 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I’ve been unable to get much shop time lately, and currently my biggest project is cleanup. As my gentle readers know, I got stopped toward the end of an attic insulation project by spiraling temps. I simply do NOT want to fry my skull off in order to insulate my attic… But several rolls of R30 remained in the shop. Well that got taken care of yesterday. In all honesty, with the insulation out of the way, the smoker, and trash cans rolled out into the driveway, my shop feels do...

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Part 58: A teeny, tiny bit of progress, car problems, and leaving shop for good reason...

06-04-2010 05:00 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

Last night was particularly brief in regards to my shop time. But I was able to manage some things I have been putting off. In particular, putting up my Rockler blade and bit cleaner stuff. The cleaner comes as a concentrate, so you need to provide a 1 gallon jug of some sort (recycled Hi-C bottle, label removed, and CLEARLY marked “Blade Cleaner”, no children yet, so no problem there…), and of course the problem came when needing to put the stuff back IN to the bottle. No f...

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Part 59: Bummed out by the weather...

06-08-2010 06:18 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

So as y’all by now know I am anxious to get my fence along the bayou put back up after Hurricane Ike, took it, and several small, and one large tree just on the city side of it down. Now those trees just on the city side weren’t ONLY on the city side, but more like 90% on the city side. I guess since I own 10% of the stumps, and it is interfering with MY fence, I had to take the stumps out. In true red, white, and blue Texas tradition, the method chosen was of course… Bar...

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Part 60: Air Conditioning a windowless garage workshop.

06-11-2010 04:07 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Okay, The Royal Sovereign 13.5K BTU Unit rolled in on UPS yesterday, and was installed at the hottest point of the day. Installation method is / was. (This WILL change soon as I have trim, and hardi board coming to update things). Bottom 14” sheet rock removed from post between garage doors. This stuff is saturated from 26 years of humidity, combined with no water seal on the sides of the doors until 6 months ago, removal was just pushing slightly in until the bulk of it crumbled awa...

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Part 61: What little I could do today...

06-16-2010 04:34 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

At home, per Dr. orders, off my nail perforated foot. I really OUGHT to have it elevated, but the swelling is down. Thank God no tendon or nerve damage… But I tell you, I don’t want to go through this one again! Even though it hasn’t been anywhere even CLOSE to 10 years, my Dr. decided a Tetanus shot was in order. I wish he hadn’t… On top of the throbbing foot, I have, admittedly a low grade, but certainly dealing with a reaction to the Tetanus vaccine. And I ...

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Part 62: More ponderings on the dust collection setup, snap lock pipe to S&D connections?

07-09-2010 08:48 PM by dbhost | 8 comments »

Having to work with the tools I have, and what little budget I have to indulge my woodworking, I need to squeak the max out of my equipment, including my dust collector. And I have been thinking about how to rig things up… I have recently taken advantage of Lee Styron’s discounted pricing on a new Shark Guard, and optioned it up with the pawls and a 4” dust port. Both features I was aching to upgrade to. If Lee is still on schedule, he should ship sometime next week…...

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Part 63: Some cleanup, and looking up at my ceiling...

08-27-2010 04:05 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

In the process of moving the lumber out of the shop for the fence, I have been doing some desperately needed cleanup, and it amazes me how much, not wood shop related stuff is out of place in my shop. Thus far I have cleaned out or organized the following. #1. Busted radiator, hoses, and clamps off of my Saturn SL2. #2. 8 80# bags of QuickCrete. I am missing 2 in the shop somewhere. #3. A single busted 16 foot piece of Hardisoffit, solid, Cedar mill texture. #4. Shipping box for the Golds...

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Part 64: 3 large(ish) boxes gone, and a mess more light... Free stuff for Houston / Galveston area LJs.

08-28-2010 10:27 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

Okay almost gone. At least they are empty now… Now that I have the majority of the fence material out in the back yard, being installed, I had some time to put up my last 2 shop lights… Which may not seem like much, but those boxes take up a bunch of room in my shop, not to mention the last 2 bulbs in the original case of bulbs. So now the shop has a grand total of 6, 4 foot, 2 bulb shop light fixtures neatly arranged along the ceiling, and one that is still somewhat will ni...

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Part 65: I should have stopped while I was ahead...

08-29-2010 06:10 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

but making forward progress just felt so good. I kept working, straight through the heat, and soaking through 3 different sets of clothes, and it was satisfying to get things done today, but man am I SORE, and I bet tomorrow is gonna be a LOT worse. I am finding more and more floor, and more of my tools that I was starting to wonder, “now where did I put that?” like my pull saw, hack saw, both of my combination squares, and most of my tape measures, are back in their rightful p...

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Part 66: More cleaning, oh yeah, I remember that stool!

09-01-2010 04:49 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

So with what little time I could eke out for myself again last night, I managed to get out to the shop and do a little tiny bit more cleaning, I finished moving a stack of lumber from next to the workbench only to find that it was hiding a GIANT mound of plane shavings, and a Woodcraft padded stool. I kind of forgot I had 2 of those… Well, lazy me decided to plug in the DC and just suck the plane shavings up, and away into the Thien Separator they went… I also found the blank o...

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Part 67: The flimsy shelves are GONE... And I HURT...

09-05-2010 04:44 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

Well, I managed to pull my stacks of old construction grade 2x material, and BORG S4S pine and oak out, not to mention the stacks of cedar, and other misc sawdust waiting to be made. I also yanked out probably a quarter of a yard of various plywood, pine, and other misc cutoffs… And when I finally got to the wall, I managed to pull what little remained of the material that was on them, and removed the bad shelving units (woo hoo!). I have taken the drill press, and band saw and mo...

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Part 68: Why is cleanup making it more of a mess?

09-09-2010 05:39 PM by dbhost | 11 comments »

Oh yeah, I took stuff off the wall! Okay so I am busy trying to make a disk slip or something by stripping my 10’ wall section between the tool stacker, and the clamp rack completely down to the sheet rock. Now this is no small task. Everything small enough was stuffed in to four clearance priced totes from Walmart $3.00 each, and I will re-use them for holding project components when I have to make smallish production runs of parts.. It’s the bigger stuff that is causing th...

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Part 69: More shop organization. Hey, I have a FLOOR!

09-13-2010 06:04 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

Yes, a silly thing to take notice of, but I have a floor under all that lumber, and whatnot… Now having said that, I have a LONG way to go before the useless junk is fully out of the shop, but the weekend did some some productivity. On Friday night, I had managed to get the lathe, and badly disorganized stack of sheet goods and sheet cutoffs moved away from the wall. The lumber rack was installed. Saturday daytime was shot to, well let’s just say it’s neither Heaven...

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Part 70: I need help!

09-22-2010 05:12 PM by dbhost | 7 comments »

So I have been nursing a really bad flare up of a back muscle sprain now for the past 2 weeks. The doctor has me on muscle relaxers and pain killers, which is all well and good, but it doesn’t do a thing for me being able to actually, well… Function. And there are a good number of things that need to happen in my shop, and around my house. I have things in such a bad state in the shop it is frightening. I have the canoe taken down, partially. Literally the bow is off of its cei...

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Part 71: Working the kinks out...

09-23-2010 06:03 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Of my back, and my shop… I spent a little bit, honestly not very much, but a little bit of time last night doing some light cleanup in the shop. Mostly moving small cutoffs out and into the rolling trash bin, so that I can, when I am up to it, install the shelving on the proper wall and get the junk off of my benches and floor! The boat still hangs precariously from one support as my back has not been up to finishing the removal process quite yet. Close, but I don’t want to ...

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Part 72: The air cleaner is installed, making teeny tiny progress as I heal up...

10-02-2010 06:40 AM by dbhost | 6 comments »

My lovely bride was ever do kind enough to help me with what sanity I have left, and helped me hoist the G0572 in to position, as I snugged the lag bolts down. It is GREAT to buy back that bit of floor space it was using up. Now mind you, I don’t have any plans for any heavy lifting this weekend, and like I said, my lovely bride was kind enough to get the filter in place, so I should not be throwing my healing from the back injury off too badly. Tomorrow is going to be a full day, st...

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Part 73: Testing out the dust collection, and the 4" port on the Shark Guard...

11-10-2010 03:56 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

So the ducting is installed, the lathe is moved into its permanent position, and the hoses are run to everything shy of the workbench, and the drill press I was able to test the dust collection on the following… Table Saw lower end and Shark Guard. Band saw, lower and upper guide ports.Lathe, dust hood attached to rails behind lathe… The lathe dust hood disappoints. I have LOTS of strong suction at the hose, just but the hood is honestly too far away from the work. I need to...

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Part 74: Drill press table V 2.0 is well under way!

11-12-2010 04:59 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

In all my cleanup, I found one of the laminations I did a long time ago for my drill press table re-do. (I royally botched the dadoes on the first one… ). So with limited shop time over the last few evenings I have been able to… #1. Trim the hardboard to be flush with the rest of the lamination. #2. Rip and attach the 3/4” walnut edge trim. #3. Rout out the through hole for the replaceable insert. #4. Rout the rabbet for the replaceable insert. #5. Drill for, and install...

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Part 75: New drill press table finished, lessons learned...

11-15-2010 01:15 AM by dbhost | 4 comments »

I have finally finished up the redo of the drill press table, and I have learned some very important lessons here. This is the first time I have tried to flush trim rout on a thin edge. Lesson learned? Support your router base with additional material instead of just the 3/4” edge you are routing. Now how did I learn this? Do you really want me to tell you? Cause I certainly am NOT showing… Next thing I learned. Dadoes cut with the table saw are WAY cleaner than dadoes cut w...

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Part 76: Replacement filters for the Grizz air cleaner. I hope I didn't make a mistake.

11-17-2010 06:07 PM by dbhost | 11 comments »

In the short time I have had the Grizzly G0572 Hanging Air Filter, I have managed to get the original filter in a state of nastiness that just screams of things to come. I needed to seriously start looking for replacement filters… Now Grizzly offers stock replacements, but one of the fusses I have with the G0572, and the Grizzly replacements is the lack of a washable pre-filter. I mean what sense is it that the secondary filter is washable, but the primary isn’t? And worse, the...

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Part 77: The band saw - lidded log box of doom...

11-24-2010 06:20 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

So I have this very large crotchy section of what I believe is camphor, that came from a tree that was downed during hurricane Ike in 2008, that was in front of the office building my wife worked in when we first met / dated… We lunched under that tree many times… So I decided to make a simple band saw box out of it. Not your normal curvy drawer job, but rather a lidded box, natural with the bark etc… My method was to slice it crosswise so there is a lid, a bottom, and a ...

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Part 78: My 8 piece Stanley screwdriver set finally has 8 pieces again!

12-07-2010 04:54 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

For the most of you that have never met me in person, I should tell you, I wear carpenter jeans most of the time. My office is fairly casual as we tend to dig around in raised floors and server racks a lot, and I attend very few meetings and interface with the customer pretty much only on the phone. Now why am I talking about fashion here? Me of all people. I mean the shortest book in the world is the Engineer’s Guide To Fashion, and the second shortest, the System Administrator̵...

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Part 79: Trying dovetails again, SUCCESS!

01-06-2011 05:30 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

I had a tough time with dovetails when I first tried a couple of years ago, so I set the jig aside, and have been busy working on other projects. But I have a big kitchen overhaul I want to do, and I want to do it soon… So Dovetails are a MUST… Now mind you, cheap me had tried to practice dovetails in cheap lumber, you know, to keep from ruining good lumber as practice boards… But I thought, solid wood is better than plywood. So I went to the BORG and got some white pine ...

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Part 80: How did it get so dirty so soon?

04-08-2011 05:03 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

So last night I go out to the shop to mill down some 2×6 stock for a project when I took an inventory of what I saw… Planer left on the workbench, jointer shavings from when I forgot to open the blast gate and had the jointer spewing shavings all over the shop, hand plane shavings, lawnmower sitting in front of the band saw, bicycle in front of the lathe, EZ UP canopy in the way of everything, and don’t even get me started on the junk covering the table saw and the large work...

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Part 81: It's been a busy Saturday...

05-08-2011 03:29 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

After having discarded pretty much every last bit of bad wood from my old siding tear out, picking up the bent nails etc… I looked around my shop and realized it is a disaster area. So clean up was in order! I managed to sleep in a bit today, which was a real blessing as I have been running myself ragged for far too long. I dragged myself up and out by around 10:00 A.M. and for the first time in a very long time, felt fully rested and ready to hit my day with all I had… I we...

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Part 82: I should have rested today, but I couldn't just sit idle....

05-09-2011 03:14 AM by dbhost | 7 comments »

Not to make this a discussion of religion, but I must admit something here. I am not the best at following the 10 commandments, specifically the 3rd and 4th commandments. The 3rd typically when I cause myself some sort of stupid pain, and the 4th because somewhere in my head there is this voice telling to get it done now or it will never get done… Typically that voice belongs to my wife. But sometimes it is my own inner monologue doing dumb things to me… And at my age, I now re...

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Part 83: I REALLY need a sub panel in my shop!

05-10-2011 02:54 AM by dbhost | 18 comments »

Okay I admit it, I am electrically challenged. I simply do not have enough electrons moving through sufficient gauge wire at the correct voltages, and amperages to properly provide for all my shop’s needs…. Tonight was yet another rude reminder of that. It’s just stinking hot today, so in goes the A/C, there’s 15 amps. Next, i am using the 3/4 HP drill press. 7.5 amps. Ooops to much… Drag extension cord to the laundry room’s dedicated 20 amp cir...

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Part 84: The weekend plans, that I am aware of...

08-05-2011 08:45 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

So my weekend is looking pretty full… But assuming I get even half of it done, I will have accomplished a lot… My pile of honey do’s that are scheduled for this weekend are… #1. Tune up on the Saturn. Meaning… 1a. Change spark plugs, 1b. Change spark plug wires, 1c. de-gunk the Mass Air Flow sensor. 1d. Clean and oil the K&N air filter. It will take at least a day for this to dry, so I will drop in a temporary filter just to be able to use...

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Part 85: Kicking more simple painted projects out the shop door...

11-26-2011 07:29 AM by dbhost | 3 comments »

Yet another basic project has crossed the threshold of my shop on the way out. This time, the painted pine Christmas Tree Stand for my artificial Christmas tree. The original plastic piece of junk died when disassembling the tree at the end of last Christmas season, so I have been wanting to build a new one, as the year went on, other priorities kept creeping up, until a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time for me to get busy with it. This has actually been done for a little over 2 week...

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Part 86: Cleaning up, and getting back to putting the shop in order.

08-15-2013 04:32 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

During the whole rip the walls down, add insulation and power thing, my shop became a total mess, then came a few nasty bouts of sickness that kept me out of the shop for far too long. While I am not pushing too hard, I am getting back to getting things in order. That means putting things where they belong, assuming a where they belong still exists… So LOML willing, is going to be the Texas Two Step as it were in my shop… Step #1. Take garbage out. I have a couple of bags...

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Part 87: Got on a good roll with the cleanup, but didn't get as far as I had wanted to...

08-16-2013 01:52 PM by dbhost | 1 comment »

Well, I have a large tote, approx 24”w X 24”h X 48”l. And it was up until yesterday, jam packed with mechanics tools, sockets, box end wrenches, impact wrench, air hammer, bits, several clamps of differing varieties, ball joint press, and extended size cup set, tap and die set, multimeter, jack stands, pry bars, pretty much you name it, mechanics tool wise, it was probably in there. Well after spending at least 2 hours on the project, I can proudly and honestly state that...

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Part 88: I hate being sick...

03-07-2014 07:24 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

So a coworker of mine decided to be generous, but not in the way I would have liked… this colleague decided to come to work sick, and share the joy as it were.. Now I am out, although working remotely, and feeling pretty miserable… The good that did come from this is I managed to spend some quality time with the doc, and finally got them to run some Xrays. I honestly think there is something wrong with my shoulder. I have been trying to lose weight, but I can’t do a whole...

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Part 89: Prepping stock for the mission ish dog kennel... My jointer is WAY too small...

03-25-2014 07:50 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I put up a post about this yesterday on my personal blog site at” A few years ago, I gues probably 4 years ago now, I came across a great deal on some farm harvested walnut from Craigslist. I think I paid less than $2.00 bd/ft for what he called 4/4, although according to my measure it is just over 5/4. The stuff has been sitting in my lumber rack waiting for a project. I am filling the cracks and securing loose knots / bark inclusions getting it ready to joint. However I am running...

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