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Blog series by scarpenter002 updated 12-23-2014 08:15 PM 11 parts 13519 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Repairing Father's Old Power Miter Saw

01-26-2013 03:12 AM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

My parents have decide to move out of their home and move into an apartment for seniors. This means the removal of 50 years worth of tools and supplies. First item to be repaired and put into use in the shop will be his power miter box. The handle was broken on this unit. Today I received the new handle from Sears and got it installed. Half of my shop is now filled up with my fathers tools. I hope to weed through them so I can continue the development of my shop. I am within a co...

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Part 2: Creating Plywood Siding that is No Longer Manufactured

03-25-2013 12:38 PM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

5 years ago I started installing plywood siding on the inside of my shop. It is pre-primed 15/32” thick with v-grooves every 4” OC. The thought was that this would make a wall to be able to attach many light weight storage fixtures anywhere on the wall, regardless of stud location, as well as provide for a sturdy surface, as things fell or banged against the wall. Every two months or so, I would pick up 4 to 5 sheets from the big box store, then go home and install them over a ...

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Part 3: Interior Shop Siding Complete

04-01-2013 02:20 AM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

Well, after a number of years, including 3 years away from my shop while on assignment in Australia, I have finally finished the wall coverings in my shop. It was not as easy as slapping up the last 4 sheets this weekend, if you read last weeks entry, but it is finally complete: If work and personal life allows, I will fill the nail holes Thursday evening, finish prep on Friday evening, and try to get started painting on Saturday. If all goes well, I should finally be past this huge m...

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Part 4: Let there be Paint

06-01-2013 08:12 PM by scarpenter002 | 4 comments »

After a few weeks of prep work and couple of weekends to put on two coats of paint, my shop walls are just about complete. Up next will be touching up the ceiling. I got some grey wall paint on the ceiling due to a little over-spray. After that will be trim time at the top of the walls. I plan to use 1×4 cedar as trim, to match the trim around my doors. Thanks for reading.Scott

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Part 5: Installing French Cleats

01-03-2014 08:44 PM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

I installed French Cleats above my workbench today in my workshop. I have a number of minor storage/organization projects that will be mounted on these over the next few weeks. The first project was a cordless drill charging station and then a workshop light support. Here are the cleats installed: And here is my workshop light support, which the base plan comes from Wood Magazine’s Idea Shop 5: Next up is the handy dandy glue/paper towel center. Thanks for read...

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Part 6: Tunes for the Workshop

01-05-2014 02:22 AM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

To free up bench top space, I created a couple of platforms for my cleats to hold my speakers: This is just a cheap set of Creative computer speakers hooked up to my MP3 player. Thanks for reading.

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Part 7: Storing my Hardware Components

01-26-2014 10:12 PM by scarpenter002 | 4 comments »

I continuing to improve my workshop, removing rust, organizing my tools, and building cabinets and organization fixtures. This weekend I finished up my new hardware cabinet. Last weekend I build the box: Cut it in half: Turned the front of the box into doors: It was when I got to this point in the project, that I discovered that the magnets and magnet cups I purchased were not the same size. I got online and order some smaller magnets to fit the cups I had, and larger cups to ...

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Part 8: Getting my Cleaning Tools Up & Out of the Way

02-01-2014 05:51 PM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

I finally got tired of relocating my dust pans and brush from tool surface to tool surface during each project. I found a corner behind the entry door and made a quick shelf/cabinet to store my dust pans, brush, and brooms. Here it is hung on the wall and put to use: Thanks for reading.

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Part 9: New Cabinet Saw???

11-08-2014 02:30 PM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

Well after saving my money and spending my time researching various cabinet saw models, below is what I purchased yesterday: Yes, I am disappointed too, but mama likes her air conditioning. The good news is that I did get the makings of a new dust cleaner for my shop: Thanks for reading.

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Part 10: Shallow Wall Cabinet/Peg Board 1

11-15-2014 10:28 PM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

I started my next shop storage project last week. It is a shallow wall cabinet with pegboard as the back, as well as sliding doors that also have pegboard panels. Here is the cabinet with the face frame being glued on: Here it is after hanging it: The plan for this cabinet is from ShopNotes issue No. 77. Next week I will build the sliding doors and starting filling it up with various tools and supplies. Thanks for reading.

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Part 11: More Organizing - Never Too Many Clamps

12-23-2014 08:15 PM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

I am continuing to organize my shop, adding cabinets and other tool hangers. This week I have added various tool holders to the my recent cabinet. (Documented here:) As a woodworker can never have too many clamps, then it calls for LOTS of clamp holders. Below is another clamp rack I built this week to hold most of my bar clamps: Thanks for reading.

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