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Blog series by dsb1829 updated 03-19-2009 08:29 PM 12 parts 26272 reads 55 comments total

Part 1: Thoughts on setting up my bandsaw

09-04-2008 06:15 AM by dsb1829 | 5 comments »

I have spent a bit of time wrestling with the Rigid bandsaw that I picked up. I have gone back and forth on the value vs. something from Grizzly. At this point the grizzly G0555 with shipping (just shy of $500) would have been about the same out of pocket. Overall the Rigid won out because of warranty and immediate availability. I also had a Lowe’s coupon that HD honored. Okay, onto the setup. I knew out of the box that there could be some issue with vibration. Assembly was pre...

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Part 2: Over the hump?

09-09-2008 08:14 PM by dsb1829 | 1 comment »

I wish I could remove that big question mark. I was very excited to be buying a home this summer. After moving across country and having my garage in a storage unit for over a year it was long overdue to get some shop time. The house we purchased is nearly double the size of our previous house. So some new furniture is in order. Neither the Mrs. or myself has any respect for the imported particle board furniture that is budget friendly. No problem, wood itself isn’t too expensive ...

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Part 3: Finaly some woodworking to talk about

09-24-2008 03:01 AM by dsb1829 | 5 comments »

Well, a banner weekend in the books. Great weather. Good beers. Family fun. Garage time. Yah know, the works. Started out on Friday with our date night. We have been exchanging kid watch with another couple every other Friday. If you can talk anyone in your circle of friends into this sort of thing I recommend you do so. It is nice to have some quality time with Mrs. Doug. Saturday I was up early and into the garage at a decent hour. I really wanted to get some work done on the h...

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Part 4: Where in the world is Doug??

10-28-2008 07:04 AM by dsb1829 | 0 comments »

Work, home, or on a beer run. Those would be the most likely candidates. So weekend followup. What happened round these parts? Not much. I took advantage of some garage time to straighten up some more, sharpen and tune some planes, and of course get my jointer back together to tackle the table project. The new helical insert cutterhead is sweet. It is quiet, sharp, and produces a surface that could go straight to finishing. Well worth all the hoops I went through to get it set up. ...

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Part 5: In the garage

11-05-2008 05:50 PM by dsb1829 | 7 comments »

I have been cranking in the garage, trying to get some semblance of a table together. My parents are due in, so we need to be able to seat 6 at the table for dinner. That 30in round table just isn’t going to cut it. Well, to the best of my efforts I don’t think I am gonna get it done. Here is where it sits. Things went together pretty fast.Say hello to my little friend.I have avoided biscuit jointers for years. Hard to justify dropping $250 on a one trick pony. Well, Lo...

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Part 6: Enter the Sharpening Station

11-26-2008 08:47 PM by dsb1829 | 5 comments »

I have been lugging around this heavy duty workbench for a few years now. Acquired from part of my Grandad’s estate. Since moving in I hadn’t needed to set it up, so in the corner it sat. Well this week I reclaimed it from the cobwebs. I stumbled across a large granite surface plate on the cheap. Upon bringing it home I needed to find a home capable of supporting the 150lb mass. I am still not positive that the top won’t sag, so I will keep an eye on that. Back in c...

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Part 7: tooling about

12-04-2008 07:51 PM by dsb1829 | 2 comments »

Starting up a new series here. Just random drivel pouring out of my shop. Comments are welcome. Nothing too exciting around the shop this week. I worked Friday, so no long Holiday weekend for me. Saturday was house cleaning. I did get a chance to finish up sharpening and tuning the Sandusky woodie. Finally Sunday afternoon I got some shop time. Ended up spending half that time sitting there scratching my head. Then the other half doubting the decisions made in the first half. Ch...

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Part 8: Geeking out

01-14-2009 10:44 PM by dsb1829 | 4 comments »

Well, what’s new there. Check this outGrizzly Shop PlannerIt 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&...

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Part 9: Just hanging out

01-20-2009 04:59 AM by dsb1829 | 8 comments »

Well, I have a nice drawer system in my garage. Problem is that a No6 is the biggest plane that effectively fits in the drawers. I have been tinkering with ideas for cabinets, wall boards, etc… Well, today I had a silly notion to just string them up by their knobs and be done with it. A few nylon zip ties later and I can happily say that it works great and was very easy to install.

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Part 10: New shop tour

01-22-2009 06:48 AM by dsb1829 | 6 comments »

It has been a while since doing a shop tour. That wouldn’t normally be an issue, but since the last time was while I was still setting up shop things have changed a bit. So lets dive in. my LumberJocks workshop: The dirty side of the shop. This counter is a magnet for clutter. The cabinets house finishing products, house paints, power tools, router bits, carving sets, and extra hardware. High speed grinder and the air compressor ar...

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Part 11: Waterstones revisited

02-08-2009 05:25 PM by dsb1829 | 4 comments »

I have been working to swap over to oilstone and freehand sharpening in my shop. Overall I really like oilstones and sharpening with oil. However one thing continues to bother me… Take a look at these 2 chisels. The smaller one shows a very nice mirror polish. It was taken up to 6000g king waterstone, the polish appears almost as good off the 4000g stone though. The larger chisel was prepped using a black Arkansas stone. It has a dull appearance, but still some amount of mi...

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Part 12: Combination of hobbies

03-19-2009 08:29 PM by dsb1829 | 8 comments »

Well, last weekend I borrowed a stand from a friend to put together my latest bicycle. I think I have finally graduated from the stage in life where I am okay working on the floor or on a bike hanging from the rafters. I t was bugging me not having a place to work on the bike. Well, Erin would have my head if I went out and purchased a new stand. So I thought about it for a couple of minutes. Light goes on upstairs. Hey, I could make something cheap and sturdy pretty snappy. I could al...

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