Around the shop #8: Geeking out

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Blog entry by dsb1829 posted 01-14-2009 10:44 PM 3658 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, what’s new there.

Check this out
Grizzly Shop Planner
It is a fun little flash layout tool designed to help you figure out where you can stuff more tools in your shop. It can also be used for home layout as well. Fun stuff. Very quick and easy.

Here is what I worked out from memory on my shop.

What else is new?
I managed to sand off the tip of my thumb again. Seems like every time I have to prep a new blade for a plane that I end up sanding off a bunch of skin. I haven’t gone to the point of bleeding, but it sure feels bad for a few days after the fact. I posted over on woodnet and apparently I am not alone in this minor oversight. It is weird, because I don’t feel any abrasion while doing it but later when I clean up it hurts. Live and learn.

I have been testing out silicone carbide loose abrasive in the shop. This stuff is fun. Cuts like nobodys business at first and over time fractures into smaller less abrasive particles. I am using it on the bottom of my granite surface plate. It would work better with a cast iron or mild steel substrate, but honestly it works pretty well on the granite. I have a bit more playing around before I have this lapping method dailed, but for now I can say that it is faster and cheaper than sandpaper for flat lapping the plane blades.

That’s all I got for now. Probably starting a couple new furniture pieces here in the next week or so, so stay tuned.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#1 posted 01-15-2009 05:15 AM

Looks nice Doug.

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#2 posted 01-15-2009 11:54 AM

OK, looking at this layout planner, and I cannot for the life of me find a compound miter saw. I see yours of course, but couldn’t find it to add to my own layout

-- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most logical explantion is that I was made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

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#3 posted 01-15-2009 03:29 PM

Hey Dan, I couldn’t find one either. I just laid some circles and rectangles on for approximation. I wouldn’t call this a precision tool, but it is nice to have a floor plan of the shop.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#4 posted 02-14-2009 06:22 AM

Thanks for the link. I will have to play with this when I am off work….just a couple of more hours:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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