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Blog series by Todd A. Clippinger updated 03-24-2010 08:21 AM 26 parts 76798 reads 512 comments total

Part 1: Home Again (JOY!)

02-04-2008 02:35 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 19 comments »

Back in Big Sky Country! I have been home about three weeks now and I have been quite busy settling back in. I am so happy to be back with my wife, Rita, and my two dogs. The geography here is so good to see again. Here is the view out my backyard towards the Yellowstone River. The first thing I had to do was unpack and start settling back into my life at home and in my shop. I have been working for most of the last 4 1/2 years just north of Columbus, OH on some great projects. B...

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Part 2: Finishing the Shop

02-05-2008 06:27 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 32 comments »

The Excitement Builds… Today I finished touching up the mud work and applied 2 coats of primer. It is very exciting to see things get further along in my own shop Tomorrow I will paint this section of wall. Peace, Love, and Woodworking

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Part 3: Moving Along!

02-06-2008 06:47 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 20 comments »

Last night I got the walls primed with 2 coats of Kilz. The sheetrock had been sitting in my shop 4 years and it really needed it. Today I put 2 coats of paint on the wall today. I have some walls in the shop already finished. I color matched the wall paint to my Jet equipment and I call it “Jet” white. It is an off-white that looks good with the trim and ceiling being a bright white color. Electrifying! I installed the outlets. I put in 6 double gang boxes, that gi...

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Part 4: The Next Section

02-10-2008 07:48 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 17 comments »

One Section Finished I finished this section of wall the other day and the trim. After that I pushed all the shop “furniture” back against the wall. This opened up the center of the shop again so that I could clear the next section of wall to be finished. I can’t always work corner to corner because I waited until I put too much crap in the shop to finish the walls. I did, however, already have 3 walls finished as you can see in my workshop posting. Now that I...

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Part 5: Primed for Excitement

02-11-2008 08:58 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 11 comments »

Sunday, 10 Feb ‘08 Finished mudwork on walls. Took Sunday nap.Painted 2 coats of primer. Trim and paint to follow on Monday. Touch-ups and moving on Tuesday Peace, Love, and Shop Building

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Part 6: It's Operational!

02-14-2008 07:34 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 21 comments »

The shop is not finished but it is operational again. I need to use the space for a project I have going right now. I still have plenty of work ahead to finish it. I can wait on floor cabinets and worktop but the upper cabinets or at least some open cubby boxes to store glue, sandpaper, routers, etc. are a must. Clamp storage on the wall will clear a good bit of floor space. I did not have to buy hardly anything to do this work, it was material that I had on hand. I have many more id...

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Part 7: Design Thoughts on a Shaker Inspired Bench

07-24-2009 08:11 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 24 comments »

A New Video!I am excited to get out another video. They take a lot of time to create and, thankfully, I have been busy this summer with my business but it hampers my ability to make videos! I am advancing in my skills and you will notice that I added photos documentary-style in this video (I love the Ken Burns effect.) Some Thoughts on Design and Construction The most difficult part of making furniture is creating the design. I share some of the thought process for creating my Shaker...

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Part 8: Sneak Preview of New Video from the American Craftsman Workshop

09-12-2009 11:30 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 16 comments »

I’m Workin’ On It! I plan on getting the full video posted by Sunday, 13 Sept 2009. I hope to memorize my lines in time:) Back to Editing… Peace, Love, & Woodworking

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Part 9: New Shop Lighting

09-17-2009 05:30 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 28 comments »

Bright Light! Bright Light! Over the last couple of days I added lights to brighten the shop. Shop Light Envy After seeing the lights in Les Hasting's shop I was motivated to install more lights in my own. There is nothing like shop envy to motivate a guy. The Original Lighting The original lighting situation in my shop was poor and inadequate. I had three 4’x4’ units with 6 bulbs over the assembly and finish area. There was only one of these 4’x4’ l...

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Part 10: Reorganizing the Shop - Again!

10-06-2009 05:34 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 28 comments »

First Snow! Yesterday we woke up to the first snow of the season. We ended up officially receiving 4.6” but it has mostly melted off by this morning. Rita’s garden is looking pretty sad. You may be wondering, and the answer is “yes.” That is a genuine outhouse but the pit has been filled and it is used as a small gardening tool shed. Putting new shakes on the roof is on my honey-do list. On to the shop… I started working yesterday and I got on...

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Part 11: Shop Reorganization - Day 2

10-07-2009 04:20 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 18 comments »

Getting Closer To Done I don’t think that a person is ever done with organizing the shop but I am getting close to done for this round of organization and resetting the shop. I finished my drywall repairs and painted the wall. I have 3 cans of old paint and all of them are marked “shop walls” but none of them match. My guess is that I did not have them labeled and at some point I opened them for identification, thought it looked like the shop wall color and marked it a...

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Part 12: Reorganizing and the Domino Effect

10-08-2009 04:13 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 18 comments »

It Just Won’t Stop! I tore out some double doors at the end of the shop that I never use, I need the wall space to hang my clamps. I figure that since I started doing this little reorganization I might as well finish it. I usually bite things off a couple days at a time and then wish that I had finished or done more. There never seems to be a convenient time to interrupt my work schedule for improving shop conditions, but the payoff is always big when it comes to improved work fl...

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Part 13: Reorganizing the Shop Day 4

10-09-2009 01:44 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 13 comments »

Coming Down The Home Stretch Yesterday I finished the mud work where I removed the double doors. I also took the opportunity to patch the wall and ceiling where flying projectiles had left their impressions. I mounted a couple of hose reels that I bought several years ago. I had bought three originally and I mounted one but put the other two on the shelf. The first one broke and I tossed it during this round of organization. Now I have two but that is quite adequate for my shop. I us...

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Part 14: Reorganizing the Shop - Finishing Up

10-10-2009 06:12 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 10 comments »

Almost Done I only have a few things left on the list for this round of shop organization. I need to get the clamps hanging on the wall. At the moment they are just laying on the floor. Before this started they were standing, piled in a corner. It was difficult to access them or pull them out individually, but I cannot neglect them for one more day on the floor. This has been their temporary home while I finished the wall. I also need to hang the extension cords. I have a lot of ...

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Part 15: Reorganizing the Shop - Complete (this round)

10-12-2009 03:25 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 29 comments »

Grandkids And The Studio Furniture Movement The space-time continuum changes when you add the grandkids factor to the intended work progress equation, but that is OK. Rita and I had a couple of the grandsons for the weekend and they spent some time in the shop with me. I went out to the shop Saturday morning with the 2 boys in tow (ages 3 and 4) and thought that I would finish my organizational efforts in just a few hours – silly me. It took me all morning just to install the ceil...

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Part 16: Sheet Goods Organizer

01-04-2010 10:09 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 22 comments »

Increased Efficiency Through Better Organization My shop environment is always shifting and evolving. The goal is to create an efficient space to work in. My shop is not large by business or commercial standards and many hobbyists enjoy a work space as large as mine. But large shop or small, as a business I have to focus on efficiency to make money. A Couple of Problems One of the biggest offenders for this disorderly disaster was storage for sheet goods. The goal is not to bec...

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Part 17: Clearing the Lumber Shelves

01-05-2010 08:47 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 20 comments »

On a Roll After organizing the sheet goods I moved on to the lumber rack. I did not get as much done as I would have liked because I had to go look at a job and I ended up making a couple of models for beam wraps and a light trough. I got the three small shelves that hold stock up to 48” cleared off. I only kept the stickers for lumber and some blocks that hold projects off the table for finishing. I discovered the T-tracks that I intended to install on my bench and chop...

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Part 18: Shop Organization Continues

01-06-2010 03:30 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 20 comments »

Purging the Lumber Rack Woodworkers naturally have the hoarding instinct and this must be kept in check with strict discipline. The lumber rack has been gathering leftover material and unique pieces of wood for years with little culling to insure the quality of the collection. I cleared three small shelves first and gave a good stack of wood away to a local LumberJock member. He got a Porter Cable dovetail jig for Christmas and this will keep him busy with making boxes. I had the wood b...

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Part 19: Lumber Storage Under Control

01-07-2010 08:10 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 33 comments »

I Am On Fire! It was -15° outside but I was burning up in the shop with an intense desire to organize the lumber rack and get rid of extra stock. This was the last of three projects that I started during the Christmas/New Years week. 1. Sheet the last unfinished wall with plywood.2. Create a sheet goods organizer3. Organize lumber rack and get rid of extra lumber Here is the before picture of the lumber storage area. But take a look at the lumber and sheet goods area now! ...

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Part 20: A Little OCD Goes A Long Way

01-11-2010 07:22 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 24 comments »

I Think I’m Sick… I can’t seem to stop organizing the shop. I thought that I was done organizing and I started to move on with my project but did not get very far. I got sidetracked with getting my taxes together. This led to the realization that I could dispose of 5 years worth of files and paperwork. This led to me emptying out several file storage containers and almost burning up my shredder. I got a bug and started cleaning up the storage room. This allowed m...

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Part 21: Shop Organization - The Payoff

01-14-2010 06:29 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 19 comments »

Like Searching for El Dorado... Open space in the wood shop can be as elusive as El Dorado, the lost city of gold. I am fortunate enough to have a shop large enough that I can have some open space to assemble and stage projects before sending them out. Just as efficiency is critical for my survival, so is open space. Space is necessary to stage incoming materials, assemble, finish, and stage projects for shipping. Space Is A Vacuum Open space in the shop creates a vacuum and it wi...

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Part 22: Organization - Back At It Again!

01-20-2010 08:33 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 24 comments »

Just when I thought I was done… I started milling parts and realized that I needed my mobile parts cart. It is actually a 4’ scaffold that I decided worked better as a mobile parts cart. Over the last couple of years it had turned into a permanent storage cart for templates and all around catch-all cart. I stopped work and got a few sticks of framing lumber. I picked the best I could find and cleaned them up in my sanding machine. I drilled 1/2” holes every six inc...

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Part 23: A New Site and Blog Start-Up

02-15-2010 12:36 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 11 comments »

I have been a bit homeless and sharing off of other blogger’s platforms. I am starting my own site and blog that is directed to the woodworking community. My current site is static and primarily functions as an online portfolio for my clients. Well, I am actually rehashing what I posted at my new site. You can check it out here: http://www.americancraftsmanworkshop.com/

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Part 24: Mobile Parts Cart

02-21-2010 09:59 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 15 comments »

During the construction of a project there is often a need for organizing and storing parts. This is obvously a temporary need because as the work progresses, you construct parts and then assemble them. I like to use a 4’ scaffold as a mobile cart to store and organize the parts that I have made. I bought my scaffold for $99 although I have noticed that the price has risen on them over the last couple of years. It comes with steel platform shelves to stand on and I used plywoo...

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Part 25: Dust Collection

03-14-2010 07:42 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 10 comments »

I often get questions about my dust collection set up and so I thought that I would share it with everyone. The dust collection in my shop is simple and may even be a bit of a disappointment to see. But the reality is that it works pretty well except for a few shortcomings. Currently I am using a single stage, 2hp, 1500cfm rated dust collector wired for 220v. It is a 110/220v motor, but when wired to 110v it would dim the lights every time I fired it up so 220v is the best option. T...

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Part 26: Video Update

03-24-2010 08:21 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 10 comments »

I have been anxious to get the cameras out and do some more video so I did an update from the American Craftsman Workshop. Thanks to the following guys for helping me get my own site started. It is a work in progress at the moment, but they really helped me figure a lot of things out sooner than later. Marc Spagnuolo – thewoodwhisperer.com Matt Vanderlist – mattsbasementworkshop.com Brian Havens – brianhavens.us Troy Bouffard – birchhillwoodcrafts.com ...

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