Outgrowing your shop and night woodworking

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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 05-02-2010 06:00 AM 1077 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past week and weekend has been quite interesting ;)

After going up and getting more lumber for a customers chairs I wound up getting killed on production time again :( , That is until a good friend told me about the mistake I was making and revamped my template system
After figuring out time involved of marking, cutting and sanding individual pieces we decided to make a minor change in the template we located where the screws were to go and then we drilled 1/8” holes in the locations on the template.
The new method is eyeball the location nail template in place mitersaw rough length then using a following pin attached to the bandsaw set to cut flush with the template, finish cutting, all there is left to do is finish sand and install the pieces, no mismatching screws, or errors due to nail holes locating screw positions time saved 2 min 45,seconds now it takes me less than a minute to cut out each part :)
And after adding three Adirondack chairs to my shop I quickly realized that I must use the shed behind my shop for lumber storage and to assemble and store chairs

Now onto night woodworking :)

Have you ever been up at three in the morning, nothing to do and a warm glass of milk and Lumberjocks will not Suffice ?

I get home from work at 2:30 in the morning unfortunately firing up any power tools is strictly a no no so I devised a list of things I do At that time in the morning that is safe, doesn’t annoy the neighbors or your spouse, or cost you very much to do , but can be a time-saver to you during your regular time.

Glue ups – This usually might be the best time to do these due to the fact no ringing phones, no people up to interrupt you during the process or not being pressed for time with an appointment :)

*Sharpening tools- Have you ever hated to sharpen tools during a middle of a project? well by using up-time at night you could use your water stone or for you Tormek fans your Tormek sharpener.

Sorting hardware- Gotten new screws or replenished your supply ? now is a great time to put things away also!

Hand tools- need I say more :)

All of the above is some of the things I can do to relax along with increasing shop productivity during regular times, I sometimes assemble Adirondacks also, (BE FOREWARNED) do not try this if you have neighbors that are close by or light sleepers as I don’t have this problem my neighbors are least 50- 75 feet away and have central air!

One last tool I forgot to mention but use caution with it is the scrollsaw I know this tool shouldn’t annoy anybody as long as it’s a quiet one!

I am interested in hearing how my fellow late-night Lumberjocks work in their shops without disturbing the peace!!!

I hope you enjoyed this blog

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 06:37 AM

Graveyards really stink because my ‘days ’ off are during the week. What to do at 3 am on a Wed? lol Glad to know I’m not the only one. My daughter’s bedroom is over the garage, so I get immediate feedback on being to noisy.

Everything in my shop is sharp! My waterstones are flat.

Finally getting things organized. All those misc supplies that came from who knows where. Changed the floor plan for better work flow a couple of times now.

I spend a lot of time doing layout, grain matching and such. Mostly, I plan all the machine work so I can do quieter things at night.

Sanding and general hand tool use are okay. I can fire up the bandsaw for a little bit with no problem.

Too cold lately to do any glue ups or finishing.

Mostly, I just enjoy some quite time puttzing around in the shop with no ‘mommy’ interruptions!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 12:39 PM

I spend many of those early morning hours trying to figure out how to use Sketchup, Maybe it is the time of day that I am doing this but I am NOT learning fast. But there is no noise.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 01:24 PM

Skarp Thank you for posting I took your Idea and it was my friend who is a senior production layout engineer who suggested using nails to attach it to my pattern and using Rocklers bandsaw duplicating pin item # 35762 was the 9.00 super save.
I use timber wolf brand bandsaw blades and it is a simple fact of sanding slight saw marks off, I tried the router and template route but was only disappointed due to cedars softness and changing direction it would just blow out IDK maybe it’s just me but it seemed longer to do this also LOL after my next chair I will review my duplicating pin , but so far it works fine

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

#4 posted 05-02-2010 06:36 PM

well my shop is in an area zoned for comerical accross the street is an apartment complex and last summer during the hot weather i worked all night in the cooler air with the doors to know the cops pretty well they came by all the time at 3:00 am for coffee and to tell the neighbors to stop calling 911 i am zoned to work any do i care if i wake any one heck no. i see it as if im up so should every one be

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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