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Blog series by macatlin1 updated 06-22-2011 09:23 PM 5 parts 6331 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Building Office Cabinets

05-13-2011 04:13 PM by macatlin1 | 1 comment »

A few years ago I became interested in wood working again. It was probably after I bought a Craftsman table saw from a neighbor for $25. I already had a band saw, a drill press and a sander. But my previous foray was interrupted by a divorce, marriage and 4 moves. It was also about that time that my wife and I decided to convert a bedroom into an office. When we looked at cabinets in the local big box store sticker shock set in. The price was outrageous for a few upper kitchen cabinets m...

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Part 2: Into the Garage

05-14-2011 05:30 PM by macatlin1 | 0 comments »

When last I left off I had moved my Table saw to the garage. I don’t know about your garage, but my garage was filled with household items and didn’t leave much room for any kind of wood working. By band saw, drill press and sander were against the walls and behind an episode of ‘Hording”. Even if I clear out and re-arrange the household stuff there isn’t much room so I will need to be able to move the tools around, storing them against the wall when not needed and rolling them to the cent...

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Part 3: Working in the Garage

05-15-2011 03:31 PM by macatlin1 | 0 comments »

With the move to the garage I planned on making a lot of stuff but got bogged down in making fixtures. The first thing I made was a saw sled for crosscutting boards square and without a lot of tear out. I used a ¾ thick piece of shop ply from a big box store and for the runners I used my thickness planer to reduce the thickness to fit the miter slot in the table saw. Is Craftsman the only saw with 5/8 wide miter slots? The front piece of the sled was made from a piece of 2×4 planed d...

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Part 4: The Move

06-06-2011 03:03 PM by macatlin1 | 3 comments »

When I last left off I had moved my shop to the garage and started doing projects. Then my wife Linda started looking for a job out of state. Soon she was interviewing in North and South Carolina and in Tennessee. Meanwhile, I started deciding what to take and what to sell. My small metal lathe had been occupying a space on the floor, gathering dust between the times I used it for small jobs so I decided to make a case for it and all the little accessories that go along with it. Somethin...

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Part 5: Advice Needed

06-22-2011 09:23 PM by macatlin1 | 3 comments »

Here is the shop building.It is 24×30 and is metal skinned with 2 ½ diameter steel tube framing with the structural tubes on 60 inch centers. The front wall with the garage door is framed and covered on the inside with plywood and on the outside with the same corrugated metal sheeting that forms the roof and walls. Shop from street. Shop opening. LH wall showing wall framing. RH wall showing wall framing. Close up of wall framing. Close up of ro...

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