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Blog series by dq2 updated 211 days ago 5 parts 3981 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: From Minneapolis to Phoenix

1437 days ago by dq2 | 5 comments »

Back in June of 2005, I was offered a job in Phoenix. My wife and I flew out to find a place to live. We had 3 days. The night of the last day we finally found a house to rent. Never had been to Phoenix, but trusted our instincts. Back to Minneapolis. Two weeks to pack our 35 years of memories. (You know how much stuff you accumulate in that amount of time?) Got to Phoenix the end of June in time to start the new job. Moving van arrived 5 days later. I had only packed a few of my wood shop...

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Part 2: Still No Progress

1359 days ago by dq2 | 8 comments »

I really thought that the workshop would begin taking shape in October. Well, nothing has changed. Just take a look at the shop after the “Move”. Temperatures here in Phoenix have been a little too warm. I was a little under the weather (or is it “whether” I am in the mood to do it by myself?) The volunteers to help have never shown up. The free cabinets are still stacked high, and now beginning to take on their own personality. My daughter-in-law and 2 of the ...

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Part 3: Cabinets Are Hanging

1244 days ago by dq2 | 0 comments »

Finally some progress. First, I installed 3 florescent T8 2-bulb fixtures so I could see what I was doing. The inherited kitchen cabinets needed some fixing. Vinyl veneered 1/4” particle board is not my idea of great cabinetry, but they were free. Then, I had to make the French cleats. Finding the wall studs was no easy task. The cheap Stanley stud finder worked for about 5 minutes. Had to go out and get a different one that would also check for A/C.

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Part 4: Getting to the Hand Tools

1244 days ago by dq2 | 1 comment »

A little planning paid off. My 4 X 8 pegboard fit perfectly under the cabinets. The cabinet doors are heavy, and the vinyl is starting to separate on a couple of them. But, I was finally able to start unpacking some of my hand tools. Now I can begin filling up the cabinets, but that is another story.

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Part 5: Gave It My Best Shot

211 days ago by dq2 | 6 comments »

Well fellow woodworkers, I have finally decided to retired my hobby. My health is getting worse, and moving around the shop is a struggle. I have already put many larger tools on Craigslist for others to enjoy this hobby/profession. I want to keep a few of the smaller hand tools, and perhaps make some smaller items that don’t require heavy breathing. I enjoy seeing all of your projects and posts and will continue to watch for tips and tricks that may make my life easier.

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