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Blog entry by nmkidd posted 11-02-2009 07:01 PM 5230 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During my short tenure with LJs, I have reaped a massive amount of information, tips and techniques pertaining to woodworking in general, tools for the shop and shop setup. The last couple of weeks, I have added a few items, subtracted some things and spent a lot of time practicing procedures.

After spending a few evenings in the shop with a cold nose and numb hands, I decided it was time for some heat. One of my colleagues had given me a reclaimed propane heater, which was beat up and leaky. One day was spent tearing it down, repairing, painting and installing.

Its an old Dearborn 18000 btu space heater that heats up my 12×16 shop in about 15 minutes.

My next item was the set up of a Craftsman Model 149.236223-4 1/8 Jointer/Planer, which I picked up for $40.00. It looked as if it hadn’t been used much, had a bit of surface rust on the cast iron table, the fence was hanging by a couple screws and adjustments were all haywire.

This is not a light weight…....weighs in at around 45 pounds.

After a little rust removal, new screws and a lot of fiddling around to get the fence aligned both horizontal and vertical, voila…..works like a champ. No manual and Sears doesn’t carry it any more…..but all functions, adjustments and cutter replacement are pretty much self explanatory. It could use a new set of blades…..and Sears doesn’t carry them any more. Any suggestions?

Along with the jointer, I have added a 5 ” Rigid R4511 Random Orbital Sander, a set of Rockler under size plywood bits and a set of chisels. Fabricated a couple push sticks of various sizes. Numerous bargain basement hand and power tools have been transferred to the storage shed for future yard sale items.

I have laid out plans and started my first real project. Spent many hours practicing equipment setup and various cuts that will be used for the project.

A couple days ago, David (Patron) stopped in for a visit and was extremely helpful in getting my table saw fence adjusted correctly. And naturally, seeing I had now had a jointer…...he had to check it out and showed me some do and don’t things, showed me what a snipe is and how to prevent such an animal and basic operating techniques.

What a guy, he has more woodworking knowledge in his little finger than I have in my whole body. And he is always willing to answer questions or do whatever is necessary to lead an old horse to water. Don’t know what I would do without him! As a parting thought…..he spied my cheap answer to compressor hose and extension cord storage…and thought it was a good idea.

A couple pieces of scrap 1×2, a couple screws and a wall stud…......

.........and presto, a storage for hoses and cords that don’t cost anything.

Since I have most likely bored everyone to death…....my ramblings are done for now. So…...Adios until the next time.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!



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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 07:20 PM

Well done. It can be fun bringing back discarded tools to life and making good use of the.
And with David dropping by you have access to the woodworkers encyclopedia.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 07:23 PM

nice to have a fellow LJer around

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 07:36 PM

Looks like you’re well on your way.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 07:47 PM

Great start! Enjoy this part of the process. It only gets better.

And … yeah … David seems like one of the really, really good ones!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 08:49 PM

Not boring in the slightest. All good stuff!

Not sure how prone your hose / cable stowage hook thingamabob is to catching on a person, but you might want to take that Ridgid Orbital sander and relieve the corners a hair. I found that out the hard way with some of my shop projects…

I should mention, I have seen that model jointer, or similar Craftsman 4” jointers on Craigslist here lately. You paid about the going rate for them. Yours looks a LOT nicer than the others I have seen lately though…

The safety paranoid in me is thinking that heater calls for a CO2 alarm… Did you double check w/ soapy water to verify no leaks? And are you supplying sufficient combustion air for it? I bet it makes the shop nice and toasty though. 18K BTU is a LOT of heat in a 12×14l shop…

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

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 09:43 PM

Congrats on the new tools Doug. I am also concerned about the propane heater. Is it appropriate for a wood shop? I’m not a safety nut, but a live flame heater just doesn’t sound right to me for a woodworker.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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dbhost

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 09:55 PM

Stefang,

I believe that is a catalytic type heater like my Portable Buddy, no real open flame to contend with. For what it’s worth, my concern would be the CO2, and not any possible dust fires. There are some open flame type heaters out there though that I wouldn’t have in any type of workshop.

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

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nmkidd

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 09:58 PM

db – I worked as an lp gas service person for 13 yrs and now am a gas inspector for the State. I refurbed the unit, installed piping to code and checked and rechecked with gas sniffer and leak detector fluid. Combustion air is ok….....there are vents at floor level, ceiling vent, window above the unit and a 4 foot door. Window and door are always cracked open while using. Actually building is 12×16 (minor slip of finger) and small for size of heater…..but it can be regulated down.

stefang….flame heaters are not uncommon in shop environments. However, use of this heater is for taking the chill off, any major cutting, routing, etc are done with heater flames extinguished. As will be the case when applying finishes. Sanding area is across room and dust is collected, so not much of a hazard there unless I started creating dust storms like Larry!!

Thanks for your concerns.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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dbhost

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#9 posted 11-02-2009 10:02 PM

Doug,

Great, You have it more than covered…

If you get tired of that shop building, you can always move it over to my yard…

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

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#10 posted 11-02-2009 10:12 PM

hey doug ,
good post ,
and good info on the heater ,
something we all can learn ,
as you are the LP guy .

and thanks for the plug ,
it’s nice to be needed .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 11-02-2009 10:30 PM

Heat helps a ton every shop upgrade makes it a little easier

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 11-02-2009 10:31 PM

Gee Doug, my advice was kind of like trying to teach DaVinci how to Paint or David how to do woodworking. I am glad to hear that all is under control though. And thank you for the reply. Also thanks to DBhost.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 11-03-2009 02:12 AM

Good Blog, Doug! Heat’s up and running, TS and J/P tuned and ready to roll, cords and hoses nice and neat… looks like your ready to make some sawdust! You have my curiosity piqued over this “First Real Project” you mentioned…??? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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nmkidd

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#14 posted 11-03-2009 05:48 AM

Mike…..I had an old vanity/dresser bench (at least 60 yrs old or better)....carried it around for years. 27 years in NM and the lack of humidity finally caused its demise. Construction was mostly doweled…....only screws were on the top. It dried out/shrunk etc, had been reglued and rescrewed numerous times. Between the 2 females in house, it finally gave out with no chance of resurrection. I have measured the pieces….....made a few modifications….. already cut them out and have done some sanding. Now its a matter of conjuring up enough cojones to do the special cuts. Then assembling, gluing, more sanding and finishing.

The old pieces….actual 3/4 ply has been used in practicing dadoes with router, table saw and by hand. I now have a scrap bin full of dadoes….need some? It’s not a rocket science project…but I would like it to be presentable first piece.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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littlecope

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#15 posted 11-03-2009 11:57 AM

Well dive on in! Or wade in if you prefer, the Water’s fine!!
I thought you might be making a locking box, to stash your Twinkies in… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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