Debated adding this because I did the work on the cheap and it is not up the standards of many – but here goes anyway. As a retired guy I can’t afford to hire labor so it had to be made from stuff I could work with on my own. And exc...
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I don’t think of myself as a woodworker but I do stuff with wood. I bought a small repo house in Salt Lake in 2004 and have been working on it since. Some stuff I contracted and some I did myself. I didn’t really get a shop until 2008 although there was an old single family garage type building on the lot that I could work out of. Most of my projects relate to the house, garden, outside stuff, and my other habit – fishing. For the first 4 years the garage thing served as a base to store tools and other stuff. I did get a stove in the building in 2005 so there was some heat.
One thing that drives me now in most things is weight. I can no longer handle the loads I used to. I use a lot of cedar and until recently, straight grained red fir because these woods are light and easy on my saws. Since much of what I have built to date is used outdoors these woods hold up well against the weather.
Recently we installed an insulated steel overhead door and I cut a deal with my wife so that if she let me get rid of her kiln (she is a potter) and clear her stuff out of the garage I would let her drive her car into my space. That means being very careful with what and when I do things. She works most days until 630pm so that means I pick up my tools and what I am working on by 5pm or so. I don’t find this a burden because I am pretty anal about putting things away and vacuuming after myself. And when I am done picking up I can sit by the stove with a beer and listen to music.
Anyway, I’m posting pictures of what I call my shop and some of the projects I’ve worked on.
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Had a recent hernia operation and feel good enough to do something really stupid so wife told me to sit at the computer. This fall has been about finishing the new shop work room (a much longer and detailed project). But like a lot of the things...
I have been using Craftsman 12” tilt head band saws since the late 80’s. Worked OK for what I did but the 8 amp motor would bog down at times. Wasn’t really looking to spend money on a band saw but spotted a used Jet in the loc...
I thought I had posted this but looking at my blog entries I see I have not. So here goes.First issue is the fact that my Table Saw is on a mobile base. And because I am old I wanted something light and easy to set up and take down. Every nite....
If you were born after 1975 this is probably of no interest. After more than 15 years I finally got my record collection back. Negotiated space with the boss and set about moving back into the late 70’s. I got speakers and an amp from that time...