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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-13-2011 05:41 PM 3247 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first one is a rack to hold caulking tubes out of my way but still visible. I made it with two pieces of scrap plywood and some pine spacers and screwed it between the floor joists. The ceiling is low in that part of the shop so I can reach it. My grand daughter calls it “ceiling sealer”. This is the start of organizing my paint room.

The second project is the lid for my Dust Deputy. I wanted more than 5 gallons and LJ Bladebender was throwing out this rolling garbage can because the plastic wheels were broken. I made new wooden wheels for it and made them wider for stability. Then I had to add two rings inside the barrel because the Vac would suck it in so bad. It keeps the filter and the inside of the vac sparkling clean and it holds 6 times the volume.

The third project extends the height of my spindle sander. I have a 4 1/2” Ryobi sander and I sometimes need more height. I did not want to buy a bigger machine because 95% of the time I don’t use the height I have now.
I bought a replacement 3/4” sleeve from Grizzly and asked if they had longer ones. I order a 2” one that was 5 1/2” long with a 5/8” hole in it. I made a 5/8 to 1/2 sleeve for the center and an extended nut for the top and now it goes higher for the rare occasions that I need it.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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NBeener

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 05:56 PM

Somebody’s been busy, and …. came up with some GREAT shop fixes !!!

Thanks for letting me know—by the way—that I shouldn’t need to buy more caulk, but should come to you ;-)

-- -- Neil

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JNP

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 06:12 PM

excellent! I picked up a 55 gallon drum with a screw on lid from CL for $15 and bought Rockler’s kit that had 2 4” ports that screwed together for my chip collector and it works flawlessly! No more clogged intake ports!

-- Jeff

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nobuckle

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 06:54 PM

Those are cool ways to improve the shop.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Bricofleur

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 07:00 PM

I like your idea of a longer spindle sander. There’s always room for some more… improvement ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Best,

Serge

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-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 07:01 PM

I need to start doing the same sorts of things to my shop. Good work, Jim. These sorts of small improvements ad up to a lot of saved time and less aggravation in the long run.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 07:26 PM

Nice idea… I need one of those exept with a spot to put a caulking gun for the half dozen or so that I have acquired when I couldn’t find that last one that I used.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 08:35 PM

Mike, that is great idea. I have two caulking guns and they take up room on the wall in front of my bench. They are going up there with the caulk.
The reason I did this was that I had the caulking in with my spray paint cans and I never knew what was there and I bought more when I did not really need it. Also, when a tube of caulk is partially used and standing on its back it is top heavy, and I can’t tell you home many times one fell over and knocked the paint cans off like bowling pins. This gives peace of mind.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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peteg

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 10:41 PM

nice work Jim, we can always improve our working space, I need to have a look at some of these as well :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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ShopTinker

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#9 posted 12-13-2011 11:19 PM

All three are great ideas, but the calk rack is a sure winner.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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mafe

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#10 posted 12-13-2011 11:33 PM

Jim you are amazing!
And yes wooden wheels for a wood worker thats a must.
Paint room… ohh my that would be wonderful.
Nice stuff, I love order.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 12-14-2011 01:18 AM

Some great ideas there Jim, my first improvement would be a bigger shed and start fresh.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Bob Collins

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#12 posted 12-14-2011 01:23 AM

Nice improveement ideas Jim, you sure must spend some time in your shed.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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jack1

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#13 posted 12-14-2011 02:56 AM

good improvements.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 12-14-2011 06:23 AM

Bob, this is my basement workshop and I almost live in there. This is where I enjoy life!
My barn is too cold to work there right now. We leave for Arizona in a couple weeks and I’ll set my lathe up in the desert campground and get back into the groove!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 12-14-2011 07:44 AM

I like the spindle sander extension.

Very clever.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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