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Blog series by dbhost updated 04-11-2011 08:54 PM 18 parts 22075 reads 86 comments total

Part 1: Spending quality time with a sander, and a paintbrush...

03-15-2010 04:11 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

Before anyone asks, Photos are pending, the batteries in my cam are dead, I need to buy a pack of Lithium Ion AA batteries first! I don’t know about you guys, and gals, but I actually enjoy painting… You see my formal education is in art, and I don’t get an excuse to pick up a brush nearly often enough. I have actually recently been considering doing some painted panels, but that’s not the point of this entry, like usual I digress in strange directions… ...

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Part 2: Well okay, not exactly FINE woodworking... Painted Trellis for Joseph's Coat rose bush.

04-02-2010 04:48 PM by dbhost | 3 comments »

This is a project in progress actually. A very simple project in progress. The idea is simple. Build a simple 4’x8’ frame from PT stock that I can in turn attach a 4’x8’ trellis to. The entire assembly is to be painted to match the house, and attached to the side yard fence to give something for a newly planted Josephs Coat rose bush to climb. The trellis is painted in the creamy beige trim color of the house, and the frame (pending build) will be painted the burnt ...

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Part 3: Breaking in the new shop dog... I am exhausted!

06-23-2010 05:30 PM by dbhost | 11 comments »

I guess you should be careful what you ask for right? As folks know by now, Brody, our very fresh, paint not quite dry on him yet Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy came home with us Sunday afternoon. Now he spent a good sum of time Sunday evening asleep. This was NOT how things were to continue though… Due to the vet’s insistence that we keep him away from other dogs, or where other dogs have been until he has completed his shots and everything, we have had to resort to paper ...

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Part 4: Well, they were projects anyway...

09-20-2010 04:15 PM by dbhost | 2 comments »

So I had a few things on my to do list this weekend. For starters, I have been driving the pickup for the last month as the safety inspection sticker on the Saturn had expired, and the brakes were squeaking, that would instantly fail me… So after work on Friday, I went to Auto Zone, and grabbed a set of Ceramic pads. Now I do NOT have a brake lathe anywhere near me, but I DID resurface my rotors. How those of you with inquiring minds ask. Simple… I have made a conical chuck to hol...

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Part 5: Just because the Tramadol says it doesn't hurt, doesn't make it so!

10-05-2010 06:10 PM by dbhost | 8 comments »

Oh I was feeling sooo good yesterday. Nice and flexible, no pain, lots of energy, I must be all better right? So being me, I just sort of dove right back into it as it were, and finished up the fencing. Now this did NOT involve much in the way of lifting. The hardest thing I did was to roll the air compressor out to the back yard, and hook it up. The rest was picking up one picket at a time. On the positive side, all of the pickets are up, the latch is in place, the fence is done, and the ...

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Part 6: Less stress, lots done...

10-06-2010 04:26 PM by dbhost | 1 comment »

Well, part of my shop cleanup that I had scheduled was to install the foam board insulation on the second overhead door. I can proudly say that is a DONE deal as of last night, and as much of a difference as the first one made, this second door was even more noticeable. And no I am not talking temperatures here, at least not yet. I am talking NOISE. With the doors rolled down, I did NOT notice LOML pull up into the driveway. Hopefully the noise reduction SHOULD be bi-directional, meanin...

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Part 7: More shop progress. The storage shelf is up, another trash can is full...

10-07-2010 03:45 PM by dbhost | 5 comments »

I managed to get my 72” shelf hung 6’ 6” from the floor, and level. My handheld power tools are back up there where they belong. Boy is THAT a good feeling or what? In order to facilitate access to the wall, of course more junk had to get tossed. For what it’s worth, in the last 2 weeks, I have tossed out 3 full 64 gallon trash cart loads full of scraps / cutoffs that were almost all warped, twisted, knotty, or otherwise reasonably useless wood, along with foam, pap...

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Part 8: Photographic evidence of me getting things done...

10-08-2010 03:50 AM by dbhost | 4 comments »

Well, here is what I CAN show you, notice the camera tries not to capture anything below bench top level… The G0572 hung on the ceiling, and operational in its full, uh, glory? You can also see in the first photo that I have all the shop lights finally hung. The one shop light in the middle that is powered off is actually going to be removed in favor of mounting that over the wall workbench from a hutch. But that is another project, and hasn’t been important to me…...

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Part 9: More shop progress. storage bins, and router bit storage.

10-12-2010 05:06 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

Not a lot to talk about here today, just a couple of deviations from the plan, due to wanting to get the shop up and going prior to getting the clamshell cabinets done. I have added a short shelf below the 6’ shelf that my hand held stuff is on for storage of my measuring and marking tools, as well as my various pnuematic fasteners, and other boxes of stuff. The small parts bins have gotten wall mounted, as have the router bit cabinets. I found I have been amassing a large selection of ...

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Part 10: Plans for the weekend...

10-15-2010 09:08 PM by dbhost | 1 comment »

LOML has been feeling a tad under the weather this week, so we are going to take it somewhat easy this weekend. Sunday is more or less blown out for me, but tonight, and tomorrow afternoon is time to get things done. Which translates to getting my fat behind back out into the shop, and cleaning, cleaning cleaning… I have the 4 totes I bought from Walmart to use for holding stuff while moving it across the shop walls, well they are empty now. So now is the time to get busy. Now LOML has ...

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Part 11: The weekend's progress such that it is...

10-17-2010 07:26 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Well, so far the weekend has been slowly productive. LOML has other ideas for what I should be doing, so I am squeezing what shop time in that I can around lawn and garden work, sanding drywall, and coding a web site… I have been able to at least get SOME work done… Thus far I have… Pulled the lawn and garden rack that is in the way, relocated the rolling mechanics tool box, and the Thien Cyclone. I have yanked the 4” port off the Thien and installed the 5”...

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Part 12: Progress on the dust collection upgrades finally!

10-22-2010 03:09 AM by dbhost | 1 comment »

I finally managed to figure out the template thing for the side inlet, and although the cut is a bit oversized, and high, some careful application of an angle grinder, a hammer, and more than a little clear silicone caulk, and I am in business with 5” in and out of the Thien separator… I go to a Wye fitting that goes to my branches…. You can see how I plugged the original hole for the 4” elbow, which was simply to tape over it with the aluminum HVAC tape. So far so goo...

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Part 13: More working on the dust collection setup, Not really happy yet...

10-25-2010 07:10 PM by dbhost | 0 comments »

So I am coming out of the 4” with the wyes, and making my turn to go to the machines, and I am finding that by the time I get through the wye, the 45, a short nipple, a blast gate, and another nipple (provides a better fit than attaching the hose straight to the blast gate…) I am 12-16” out from the wall. And there is a LOT of rotational force being applied to the pipe. For now, I am simply keeping it from rotating with pipe strap, but I don’t like this arrangement. It...

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Part 14: Up, up and away...

10-27-2010 01:35 AM by dbhost | 5 comments »

Not exactly a beautiful balloon. I am now on to the overhead. The mistakes made on the bottom still need to be fixed (cut and splice time is coming, VERY soon… I sort of forgot the drops for the jointer, and the floor sweep… I am a real ditz sometimes… It has been one of those projects where more parts were needed (where did all my 45 elbows go? I am somewhat wondering if I would have been better off with sweep elbows but oh well, what is done is done… As many as...

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Part 15: More DC progress pics...

10-29-2010 01:30 AM by dbhost | 13 comments »

I’ve got the drops for the Band Saw, Drill Press, Lathe, and one of the overhead drops, this one for the workbench, all done and glued up. The drop for the lathe keeps, well drooping, which I halfway expected. I avoided that with the band saw and drill press drops by supporting the Wyes with strap. I am not sure how to do that with the 2 45 degree elbows. I’ll figure it out though… All in all it is looking really good. I am a little further behind than I had expected, but...

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Part 16: Small photo light tent / box for my brother in law.

01-18-2011 05:45 PM by dbhost | 11 comments »

As some of you may know from reading my previous posts, one of my brothers in law is currently disabled due to severe complications of diabetes, and has been staying with LOML and I for the last couple of years due to his worthless excuse of a wife deciding she didn’t really mean “in sickness and in health”, but I digress… You may also know by now, that the issues have been kidney, and pancreas, and that the week before Christmas, he was blessed with a transplant of...

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Part 17: Quality time with the epoxy monster...

04-08-2011 06:24 PM by dbhost | 7 comments »

Have you folks ever used the 2 part epoxy liquid that comes in the foolproof measuring syringe type dispenser? I have, and capped it back up. Last night I uncapped it, not without a fairly good amount of effort mind you as some of the epoxy parts got together and cured the cap shut on the syringe. The good thing is I was able to get the cap off, and get the epoxy parts going again… All this to glue a refrigerator magnet and some rare earth mangets on a steel dust hood for the lath...

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Part 18: My first experience with Hardi siding products, and power tools...

04-11-2011 08:54 PM by dbhost | 9 comments »

One of the home improvement project I have on my plate is to yank off the garbage masonite siding that the builder crippled my home with, and replace it with Hardi panel / trim. Now my house is equipped with T1-11 type siding, with 1×2 rough cut cedar trim. I am not sure about nationally but locally, Hardi trim ONLY comes in 1×4 and 1×6 variations. 1×2 just doesn’t seem to exist… Now in preparation for replacing the siding and trim between and around the ...

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