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Blog series by garyjs updated 10-20-2011 01:54 PM 6 parts 22762 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: First projects

08-11-2011 02:24 PM by garyjs | 2 comments »

We moved into a new home from a very small apartment. Fortunately for me, the new place has a 2-car garage; I claimed it right away as a workshop. So far, I’ve been able to actually use half of it to set up my new shop. I’ve had larger workshops over the years, and made money from them. Here, I hope to build 36-string lever harps starting next year. Don’t know if I’ll make money on this one, but that’s my plan. Right now, I’m working with a Skilsaw, hand...

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Part 2: Lathe bench and tool cart

08-20-2011 07:01 PM by garyjs | 0 comments »

I just mounted my Duracraft WL 1236 lathe on its new bench. I built the bench yesterday and got the first coat of poly on it last night. This morning I was int he shop at 6:30 sanding it down. Then I wiped the dust off with a tack cloth and then wiped it down again before adding the second coat of poly ( I hate polyurethane, but who can afford real varnish these days?). Then I made a quick trip to good ol’ Ace Hardware and got 4 3/8” hex bolts 3 1/2” long with nuts and washe...

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Part 3: Mobile workstation for bench tools

08-23-2011 10:30 PM by garyjs | 1 comment »

I spent many years in Atlanta and in Israel as an ornamental woodworker/turner. I am in the process of converting our 2-car garage to a workshop. To save space, I used the idea of a workstation for small power tools and adapted it my needs. It is a cube 36” on a side and the same in height. I used two free casters and 2 locking casters to make it easy to move around, and as you can see I added a 4 plug outlet to the top for the bench tools and ran a 12’ exterior extension cord out one side...

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Part 4: Adjustable outfeed table for my table saw

08-31-2011 06:37 PM by garyjs | 6 comments »

I, too, work in a 2-car garage. Minus the car, of course, although there is an awful lot of ‘stuff’ that hasn’t found it’s way into our home, yet (we just moved in a month ago). As with most woodworkers who find themselves working in these conditions, I have to deal with a sloping and somewhat uneven floor. Most of the floor is flat, but the entry does slope more than I would prefer, and that is where my table saw and eventually my planer/jointer, will live. And my ...

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Part 5: Wall Mounted Tool Chest

10-08-2011 06:53 PM by garyjs | 3 comments »

I’ve got most of my hand tools – chisels, small saws, measuring tools, hammers and all that sort of clutter in a few metal tool chest that take up precious room on and around my work areas, and I am fed up with that. I am also somewhat deficient in fine hardwoods. Deficient to the point that I don’t even have any off-cuts of hardwood to toss into making a nice tool chest. In fact, I could be brutally honest and say that to date no hardwood lumber has seen fit to enter my wor...

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Part 6: Tool Chest completed

10-20-2011 01:54 PM by garyjs | 4 comments »

Remember, this is a scrap wood project. It’s just a tool chest tool hang on a wall and hold my more important hand tools and measuring tools. It was never meant to be anything fancy, or the tool chest to end all tool chests. It’s scrap wood, for crying out loud; 5/8” exterior ply, some old 1/4” ply and a bit of pine for the doors. But for all my protesting, it did come out pretty damn nice, if you don’t look too close. I got the felt laid down yesterday and ma...

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