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Blog series by dbhost updated 04-07-2014 07:34 PM 23 parts 35105 reads 131 comments total

Part 1: Inspiration, starting the design process...

01-07-2010 05:43 PM by dbhost | 8 comments »

I’ve been pretty much in awe of the talent, and creativity that flows from the shops of many of the members here. I have recently had projects that needed a LOT of hand planing, and sanding, and the size, or grain orientation of the project precluded running the piece through my 13” bench top planer… A wide drum sander would be perfect! But they are oh so expensive! What to do? Build my own! But how? So I started browsing through the project posts, looking at your s...

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Part 2: A short listing of shop projects I have planned, and their statuses...

01-10-2010 10:40 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

#1. Wide Drum Sander. Picked up the all thread from Home Depot, and the pillow block bearings from Northern Tool. The design keeps fluctuating and due to the points where things can go bad fast… I have decided on moving the table to the drum, instead of the other way around. Any mechanism I have been able to come up with for raising and lowering the drum / motor to the table abounds with points of failure. I am not sold on any one design yet,.. If I run across anything that can convince...

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Part 3: So many projects I want to do, so many design descisions, so little time or money...

01-26-2010 11:30 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

I just realized going over my Sketchup, and my physical sketchbook, that I realized, I better get busy, and have a TON of budget to get through these projects… So far my big, need to do soon projects are… #1. Wide Drum sander. This has actually started. The disks for the drum are halfway done. (24 of 32 needed are cut out. I still need to come up with pulleys, rods, and pillow block bearings. This will be a simple pivot table lift mechanism , nothing too terribly fancy. The har...

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Part 4: Shop Air Cleaner. Have parts, will build...

02-17-2010 10:43 PM by dbhost | 19 comments »

Okay will have parts this weekend… I found a source for pullout 110V squirrel cage furnace fan blowers, and plan to grab one this weekend. The idea is to grab one, make sure it fits the plan from ShopNotes, or make the shop notes plan fit the blower whichever… and get to building. Some changes I want from the shop notes design. #1. Relieve the edges with a 1/8” roundover bit. Nothing extreme, but those corners won’t be too much above my skull, I’d rather no...

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Part 5: Back onto the wide drum sander...

02-26-2010 06:53 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

So far I have been busy accumulating the pieces / parts needed for the WDS. Here is what I have so far… 3/4” Birch Ply – Free (Was in the shop).1/4” ply for dust hood. – Free. Original decking from attic.4” dust port. – Free. Chunk of 4” S&D pipe bonded down with clear silicone caulk.4”X24” cylinder – Free. (Made from scrap SYP 2×4s).Elecrical switch, box, face plate, wall cord, motor cord. – Free. Already had it in the shop. (Hacked...

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Part 6: Working on a cedar planter box...

03-08-2010 05:23 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

The projects keep getting heaped up on me. Last night was a directive to get the not yet fully refinished cabinet doors out of the shop and back onto the kitchen cabinets. My fault, I have been taking too long with them, and refinishing is only a stop gap anyway, we are building new doors and drawer fronts to give the kitchen a whole new look… I managed to get about a half hour of shop time last night and finished sawing and planing down the cedar 2×4s to 1.5” x 1.5”...

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Part 7: Thoughts on scrap wood. The Hurricane Ike damaged fence saga continues...

06-18-2010 05:28 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

Well, the few remaining rot free 2×4s from my old fence that blew down in hurricane Ike have finally been stripped clean and stacked neatly. But what to do with 26 year old sun bleached pressure treated 2×4s? There’s not a straight stick to be found here, and who knows WHAT they used in PT back in the mid 1980s. I HATE to just throw out usable wood, but I also hate the idea of holding on to potentially dangerous junk. So for now, it sits. Most likely to be taken to the curb...

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Part 8: Another project in progress...

06-21-2010 04:00 AM by dbhost | 8 comments »

This one is going to take some time to get done right…

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Part 9: Taunted by cut offs, and needing small parts bin dividers.

11-04-2010 05:15 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

I know the title doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Welcome to my world! Well as followers of my blogs know, I am doing some heavy duty clean up, as well as organizing my shop. Well last night during what time I could eke out for shop time, I managed to un-bury a couple of 29.5×24” 3/4 sanded SYP ply cutoffs. This was the stuff I used for my tool stacker. Now given that the overall dimensions desired for my upcoming small parts / router accessories cabinet is 32” W x...

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Part 10: Slight adjustment to the parts cabinet design methinks...

11-05-2010 05:00 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

So this clamshell cabinet design that taunts me oh so often, and loudly too I might add, wanted to be changed a little bit last night. But It IS getting closer to final. As you might recall, in my last installment I am wanting to make some drawer dividers for, and install into my clamshell cabinet 2 Stack On 39 drawer small parts cabinets. But that’s not ALL that is going in this clamshell cab. So I started thinking about what WILL be going into this cabinet. And the list is… ...

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Part 11: You guys stole my thunder...

12-16-2010 07:31 PM by dbhost | 12 comments »

I am talking about bertch and nbeener. In nbeener’s blog entry about the $175.00 workbench it would seem the idea that has been banging around in my head is taking shape in other guys shops. And the results are nice… You see, my bench is okay. But just barely. There are mistakes that drive me CRAZY about my build here… In particular, my selection of base materials, cedar. It’s pretty, bug and weather resistant, and machines super easy. That is ALL the good I can say...

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Part 12: Now that the workshop is clean, the upcoming projects list...

01-13-2011 08:08 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

Now that I have the shop clean, and I won’t kill myself, or my family working out there, I have a list of stuff that I need to get done (in the shop, there are other projects but not woodworking neccesarily that need done too!). #1. Wiring the shop with a sub panel, and at least a 60 amp main, 3 20 amp circuits. 1 for climate control (heat / ac), 1 for dust collection, and 1 for the running tool. That should be sufficient for my shop setup. #2. Insulate the walls to keep from lett...

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Part 13: Turned mallet from scrap SYP 4x4s in progress.

01-27-2011 06:34 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

Okay so this is probably stupid to post this at this point, but since when has that stopped me? This really started out as a test of a shop made dust hood. I discovered VERY quickly that all the “duist hood” did for me was pick up sanding dust, but the shavings / etc… that come off the gouge at high velocity and get stuck to my shirt are pretty much on their own unless I put a port on the front of the lathe, or some sort of shield that would get in the way of my turning t...

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Part 14: Turned handle / block head walnut and red oak scrap mallet coming together...

02-02-2011 07:33 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

As I looked in the scrap bin something jumped out at me, an idea… I have all these small pieces of walnut and red oak scraps. But what can I do with them? Another glance at the glue bottle and it soon became all to clear what I had to do with some of those pieces… So I managed to get a blank 1.25” x 1” (sorry, couldn’t quite go totally square here… ) of oak / walnut 14” long which is now chucked up into the lathe, and the turning actually starte...

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Part 15: Wide Drum Sander build, not much, but SOME progress...

04-07-2011 06:45 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

I hesitate to even mention this, what with the quality and thought that goes in to so many of the projects and blogs here, I just figure, this would be a waste of time and reading space, but then again, you never know. Maybe my ramblings can serve as a guide, or warning, whichever, to those wanting to duplicate what I am doing… My intent is to use scrap material and cast offs to build the drum sander as much as possible. So in that vein, I have sourced (read dumpster dove) some 2...

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Part 16: Considering design requirements for planter boxes / cages.

05-05-2011 06:17 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

LOML and I are enjoying fresh grown herbs and vegetables that my FIL is growing in small batches, and we wanted to try our hand at growing some of our own. However we have a young dog, who tends to dig and romp on everything he isn’t blocked from, not to mention birds, and rabbits that come into the yard from the bayou. (No gators thank God…) I would like to build either raised / enclosed planters, OR a floorless greenhouse / screen house for a small garden herb / vegetable gar...

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Part 17: Mulling over miter saw bench ideas...

06-24-2011 08:49 PM by dbhost | 7 comments »

As some of you may or may not know, I have been actually rather pleased with my Chicago Electric 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw. At least since giving it a good adjustment, and throwing the OEM blade in the trash and swapping in a nice Diablo 80T blade. What I am not happy with is housing this monstrosity. The rails for the slide at full rearward extension means that there must be a minimum of 30” from the front mounting holes for the saw, to whatever is behind it. With that much ...

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Part 18: LOML complained about how messy the sheet goods in the shop are...

12-06-2011 07:43 PM by dbhost | 6 comments »

Now I’ve got not only her approval, but her insistance that I build a sheet goods rack / organizer. I will be using the Wood Whisperer design, sort of. The bottom and back will be from 2×12 lumber as I have it already, the wall cleat will be 2×4. Again I already have it… Just need some full sheets of ply, hinges, and a couple of decent casters and we are ready to go… I will NOT be going up the wall as Marc does with his lumber rack as I already have one I am ver...

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Part 19: I need to do this one quick. Canoe shed...

02-09-2012 08:49 PM by dbhost | 13 comments »

Been banging on this in Sketchup, but I am coming up with nothing… Here’s my problem, maybe the good folks at LJs can help me figure this out… I have a canoe, 14’ 6” from bow to stern. It presently lives covered up under a tarp across 2 sawhorses. UV is getting to the tarp, and I do NOT want it getting to the hull of my plastic boat… So what to do? I have pondered this before, and I am going to again to see if I can get some ideas here… So he...

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Part 20: In the shop, and then on to Sketchup...

06-14-2012 06:54 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

It’s one of those deals… The Sketchup models that I need, don’t exist, or the ones I made aren’t worth a warm bucket of spit. You see I need to design a pair of flip top tool stands. But I want to guarantee they fit my tools, while using the least amount of floor space possible… My tool stacker is great, but has some disadvantages that are wearing very thin on me right now… As many of you may or may not remember, I have back problems. The doc and I ar...

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Part 21: Now that the shop is approaching usefulness again. Thresholds for tile to concrete transition!

02-04-2014 09:36 PM by dbhost | 1 comment »

So long story short, I am hanging the plywood plank flooring up for a while. LOML has decreed we shall have real hardwood, etc… so I have to rethink the project there. For the time being we are going to cheap out somewhat… You see a few months ago we were at a friend of her’s baby shower. They had recently remodeled, well a wreck of a house, on a budget. They yanked all the carpet up, prepped the concrete flooring, and stained it. Then they put area rugs with padding in c...

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Part 22: Found the plan I want to work from. Box joint jig build start!

03-10-2014 09:22 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

I finally managed to find the plan I have been looking for, so a new build from me will be featured soon, but to give you a heads up on what is coming, the Shop Notes Box Joint Jig. I finally found out what issue it is in… Vol 11, Issue #62, starting on Page 6. I figure once I get that squared away as it were, I can dig in and start the build for the shadow boxes I have been putting off…

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Part 23: I mentioned it before, I am starting it tonight... Box joint jigs...

04-07-2014 07:34 PM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Tonight is a simple project, kind of… I need box joint jigs, for 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” The big issue is going to be getting the required pieces but, safely. My thought process is to take several pieces of walnut scrap, plane them down to 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” thick respectively, then rip them to width after sacrificing some scrap to make certain I have the width correct. Once I have the indexing pins made the rest should be easy peasy, with o...

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