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Blog series by tyskkvinna updated 03-06-2011 04:38 AM 7 parts 16349 reads 102 comments total

Part 1: The very beginning

12-31-2010 02:39 AM by tyskkvinna | 19 comments »

Hey everybody. Did you miss me? I disappeared because my life got woefully busy and I had no way of doing any woodworking. As I mentioned earlier in the year, we decided to move our business from a relatively small city to a much bigger one (Grand Rapids, MI) and spent the summer and autumn looking for a new facility. It’s a difficult progress, because we have extremely unique needs. But, we found a new home. A former YMCA, our new building (currently called the “Leonard St...

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Part 2: Just a little wood

01-06-2011 04:49 PM by tyskkvinna | 7 comments »

No progress on getting the shop up and running in any particular capacity yet, unless you want to count me having the planer sitting on the floor. :) The good news is I DO have my planer again, and the tablesaw (although it needs a little love – it experienced some surface rusting. Just a little bit.) and I think I have most of my other small tools, like sanders and drills and saws. Not quite sure if I know where they ARE yet though… My growing collection.. A lot of m...

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Part 3: Planning (pt 1)

01-16-2011 05:05 PM by tyskkvinna | 30 comments »

Thought I would get some input from you all. As you may or may not know, my shop is a little different from most. It is not in my home or for my personal use – it is part of our open workspace where people can come and build “stuff”. We do a LOT with science/tech but that doesn’t mean more traditional ways of “making things” are left out.. I dearly love woodworking and we have a dedicated spot getting set up for it. Now, something that should be clear...

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Part 4: New Tool- Router Table

01-26-2011 06:04 PM by tyskkvinna | 18 comments »

Yesterday I got a new tool for the workshop. It’s nothing too exciting. It’s the $99 Ryobi router table from Home Depot. I’ve had extremely good luck in the past with Ryobi tools, and I personally wanted a little router table so this was the first item on the list of things to get. It’s pretty light duty which is just fine. If we have anything heavy duty it can be done on the CNC sheet router. I’m thinking this will come in handy for boxes, small projec...

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Part 5: Basic Setup

01-28-2011 02:56 AM by tyskkvinna | 10 comments »

I got the basics set up today… Over here, is the little bandsaw and the mitre saw. and over here is the router table and the sander. If you look closely you can see that sitting between the two tables is another table with the planer. The shopvac is sitting under the sink and therefore hiding. :) The router table is awesome!! I love it. I do have a small question for you all though. See the little … bump… towards the end? It did this on every piec...

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Part 6: Getting Setup

02-17-2011 04:57 AM by tyskkvinna | 6 comments »

I’ve been busy collecting tools, supplies and lumber. Most of the lumber is coming from inside of the building—there were quite a few old cabinets made out of cherry and maple, some other hardwood trim things, a couple of cedar saunas, some floorboards that appear to not belong to any room in the building at all, etc. In case you’re wondering, pile like that looks kind of like this: Also a tree cut into a few pieces! :) This is maple- I have a total of six pieces...

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Part 7: 6,000 BF of maple. wow!

03-06-2011 04:38 AM by tyskkvinna | 12 comments »

I told you I had a lot of maple coming soon. the boards are about 2” wide (2 1/4”, but I believe that includes the T&G), 4/4 thick and varied lengths. That room is 20’ x 40’—only about 5’ of it doesn’t have any planks. The pile is roughly 5-6’ tall. With various amounts of help, I pulled these up from the floor and then moved them into this room. They will then get processed and sold. If you need some maple, LET ME KNOW! ...

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