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Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #28: A Picture Book...some shop stuff...mind Pabulum....

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 09-19-2011 02:50 AM 1369 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 27: The Unproject...Destruction with a Purpose...Shop Space............ Part 28 of Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... series Part 29: Sawdust is a big part of our lives...or... What goes around, comes around. »


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-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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Pete Jansen

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 02:54 AM

Nice ideas, thanks!

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 03:02 AM

LoneTree

Thanks for the comments, that towel rack is the greatest….........
...use the glue bottle opener about daily, and the project platform is a winner….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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PaBull

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 03:27 AM

Jim, would you help me and invent a glue bottle closer. I need this especially when I come back the next day to a glue bottle that still has the last bugger hanging off it’s nose, but by now it turned into something Titebond claims will never come appart.
Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 03:54 AM

PaBull
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Hmmmm…a very serious problem. Perhaps…a turn of speech…would this be a petrified glue stalactite?

First, check with the local antiquities society…don’t want to destroy an historical relic of significance.
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Then…if there is no contravening legal issues….......

...........use the glue bottle opener, to close it….......or…...

...absent the closer…....a firm smack with blunt object…you might choose a light hammer…

.....or if you are a robust individual…a clenched fist….

...do take care…oh my…these are such vexing issues….....

Yours always.

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Woodwrecker

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 05:21 AM

You are right on top of your game my friend. When you go to “Casa La Connor”, you come back invigorated and full of good ideas.
I think one of those Alaskan towel racks will work fine in my shop.
Thank you.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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lew

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 05:23 AM

Jim

Great minds must think the same! Some years ago built a paper towel holder with the spring idea. Maybe will add the tensioner.

Would love to have an assembly table in the shop but, alas, not enough room. Will have to continue using my 3’ x 4’ plywood”Lazy Susan” on saw horses.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 07:18 AM

Eric
That towel rack I built like 15 years ago after becoming digusted with some store bought item. I think it will live forever, and the tensioner makes one handed tear off easy, while you have something dirty in the other hand. At the time, I thought it ws overkill, but not anymore.

The project platform started out just make do…and then got embellished. The two end platorms have carriage bolt leveler’s, four in each one, I have a cement wrinkled carpet for a garage floor.

Have a good one…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 07:24 AM

Lew
By the way, I built a look alike blast gate cleaner kinda like yours, this weekend, thinking about your post. Had a problem with a gate. Cut up some sheet aluminum, and then ripped some oak with my toy band saw, and made a handle.

The tensioner for the towel rack makes the rack the cat’s meow. Go for it….if you can spare a coat hanger and a couple of screw eyes….....(-:

That breakdown platform takes up some space, but not much. I know you work out of a closet, however. But I have to pay attention to space as well, so the breakdown aspect works great….......

Later…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 08:38 AM

Golly Jim…

What a sight to behold!

Sure would like more info on the towel rack gizmo…

BTW… where is the Staircase? :)

Awesome… LOL

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 09-19-2011 04:14 PM

Joe
Thanks for viewing. The towel rack is fairly simple, but there are a few details to consider. If you are interested in exact measurements and stuff, I’ll add more details here after work today. The trickiest parts are the spring in the right hand hole and the tensioner. Actually, it would be better if the spring is in the hole opposite your dominant hand, but it doesn’t make any difference to me. The tensioner can be adjusted by spreading it until the tension is right.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 09-19-2011 06:25 PM

Some great ideas Jim!

I especially like the wire set up on your towel holder. I’m going to try this on the one we have in our kitchen.

We’re having a beautiful fall day today, 56 right now at 11:25 AM, they expect 70 today.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 09-19-2011 06:47 PM

Dick
The tensioner really works well so that you don’t have a bunch of towels rolling out when you only wanted one. The tension is set by simply spreading the wire. It needs to pivot so that you can get the roll in and out, I used a couple of screw eyes with a wire axle. There are other ways to do that of course. In any case, it has been functioning perfectly for years.

Cool this morning at 45 deg. When we were in La Conner the weather was absolutely perfect with not a single cloud seen for the 10 days we were there. But now the rains have come to La Conner, as expected.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 09-19-2011 07:24 PM

Jim,

” The trickiest parts are the spring in the right hand hole and the tensioner.”

Exactly… it’s in the fine details that makes it work or doesn’t…
Yes, I would be interested in any of those details you can clarify so I can make one with ‘no surprises’... LOL

Thank you very much.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 09-19-2011 08:53 PM

Joe
When I get home today I will take a few measurements and extra pictures. Might put it in Sketchup as well, since it will be more understandable. I am tempted to make a fancy version for our kitchen, since I don’t really like the one we have, that sits on the counter.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#15 posted 09-19-2011 10:46 PM

Jim, I have a solution for the top problem. Slop some paint on it, or spill some mismatched finshes over various portions of it, watco in one area, lacquer in another. and then hone your plane irons on it before your wife sees it! It’s far too nice grained to keep in the shop for sure!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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