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Blog series by need2boat updated 01-13-2012 05:24 AM 10 parts 31431 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: plane wall rack

05-04-2011 03:25 AM by need2boat | 3 comments »

In my small shop space is hard to come buy so I decided to build something to hold my bench plans. This design was in Finewoodworking number 209. My wall wouldn’t allow me the space to put the bottom shelf but it was easy enough to subtract it from the plans. The only real issues I’ve had is dealing with the crappy low grade cabinet plywood I bought a few months back. I bought it before really understanding the differences in plywoods and although its better then big box store...

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Part 2: Copper air lines, small shop 101

05-09-2011 07:41 PM by need2boat | 11 comments »

One of the first things I did when laying out my small shop was to get the dust collector outside the work area into a lean to I added behind the shop. I had hoped to make it larger to add some sheet good storage but it’s just not in the cards due to the size of the main shop and required pitch for the roof. Fast forward to the shop being done, the starting of projects, the use of compressed air and, use of a compressor. So much for lack of noise.. . So in looking at different ways ...

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Part 3: Pen states cyclone dust collector

05-11-2011 01:53 AM by need2boat | 0 comments »

I’ve added these entries not in order of how they were installed rather as I’ve had time. As soon as I decided to convert my old garage into a shop, space was top of the list. When looking at how best to deal with things I decided to go with a cyclone and Pen state is within driving distance and they offered free layout. The close distance really helped as like most projects of this type it required a few returns and exchanges as I changed routing of duct a bit. If anyone i...

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Part 4: round end table

06-15-2011 04:59 AM by need2boat | 0 comments »

I started this just after the first one I made but with the building of the shop just haven’t made the time to finish. This weekend however things just clicked and I spent some time doing it. Its all but done just needs some sanding and a few coats of finish. Joe

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Part 5: try square A La Roubo

10-26-2011 02:49 AM by need2boat | 4 comments »

I’m sure there a tone of people like me that were inspired to make a few tools after reading Chris schwartz’s blog or books. I do most of my reading on the bus ride into the city and home each day so some books end up taking me sometime to get though but regardless it’s still makes what otherwise can be a stressful part of the day better. On the list of things is his Roubo try square that he wrote about when working for the popular woodworking. As I find time I will share...

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Part 6: Roubo try square part two

11-14-2011 08:09 PM by need2boat | 3 comments »

I’ve been out side the shop doing some other things like yard work and little fall camping, plus I was waiting on the dowel plate from LN.That said this weekend I found some time this weekend. The over process I’m flowing is based on a few articles found online on the making of a try square. The first one was completely by hand and the other a bit more power tool friendly. I’m splitting the difference. ;-) I left off in the first post with the parts made and ready to be joined....

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Part 7: Chair style saw benches

11-29-2011 08:32 PM by need2boat | 0 comments »

I guess I have this far enough along to call it in progress and share out. The project is a pair of saw benches built in what I’d call the “chair style”. This is my first attempt at chair legs and I figured it’s a forgiving enough project. For inspiration and sizing I looked at a number of articles by Chris Schwarz but really like the design of “making and using saw horses” by Adam Cherubini in Popular woodworking April 2006 issue 154. However he built them by axe ...

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Part 8: Chair style saw benches part 2

12-06-2011 08:52 PM by need2boat | 0 comments »

This past weekend I’m still dealing with some home repairs that need to be done before it gets to cold. We had a very old deck replaced with a smaller one and in the process I took down some smaller trees to better adjust the fence to it’s size. All went well but sadly its take my time away from working on this project. Last we left off I had the parts sized and and ready to drill the compound angles. I was lucky enough to find some larger Irwing auger bits, I was looking for 1...

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Part 9: Chair style saw benches: vid of spoke pointer and hollow auger

12-07-2011 06:00 AM by need2boat | 9 comments »

OK, Was asked a wile back to take a video when I used the spoke pointer and the hollow auger. no laughing please ;-) enjoy Joe

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Part 10: Chair style saw benches finsihed

01-13-2012 05:24 AM by need2boat | 4 comments »

With the Holidays in full swing I haven’t had the time to work out in the shop as much as I’d like but did get the benches finished. Then it took me another two weeks to get it posted. ;-) Last I left off the legs and were ready to be shaped after I cut them on a tapering jig on the table saw. To do this I used a spoke shaver I had built years ago for making greenland style kayaking paddles. Its great with long pieces but troublesome with shorter things like the legs. Next I used a tric...

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