Getting my tools ready #8: Still here!

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 04-23-2013 06:15 PM 1823 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Haven’t posted in awhile re: my tools and shop. I have made progress and have shared that with a few LJ’s. I have succeeded in getting through my electrical inspection and now have an approved box in the Cau Haus.

I ran metal conduit for my 220 single phase cabinet saw. Had some sticks of metal conduit from a project many years ago. Had to do some tricky(for me) bends and twists to get around ceiling joists and the metal gas pipe for the furnace. Of course I screwed it up! Brain function slows with age if it’s not used in a particular area. Looked at some bend and tried to bend it on the floor. Backwards!

Good thing I had it inspected. Went to local Box Store and even checked out NEMA and still picked the wrong outlet! Eyes also diminish with age. I need glasses for close up! The electrical inspector was quite kind, as this was my third year..LOL! Been busy doing other things. he pointed out that I had chosen 110 plugs and outlet….GRRRR! Rewired my extension cord and the plug on the saw and the outlet. He put his stamp on the box! Sigh!

After that…looked around and found NO CLEAR SPACE TO WORK IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING!Set about to improve my safety, and create order. Built a floor to (low) ceiling shelf. It’s plumb and level. Attached to support the floor joists for the second floor. Had to pour concrete footers to get the upright posts stable. Small pads take as long as knee walls!

Finished it last night. not square…but close enough…shelves. Started moving materials and tools onto the shelves. I have way too many gallons of exterior oil stain! Another story….

Will be cleaning up the benches and floors in the work area, after doing insurance billing for my psychology practice( I hate paperwork!)

And it’s me and that piece of ash. It’s sat for a long time in a dry space in winter for a few years now. I’m going to use a trick I learned from Charles Niel to remove them.

Hope to have some pictures and progress on an actual piece of furniture????? LOL

Thanks for following my babble.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 06:21 PM

Keep on trucking Tom,there’s always set backs but it sounds like your fighting your way through them.You getting closer to having everything in order. I look forward to the photo’s.

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 06:24 PM

babble , babble , babble some, keep on doing it and the shop will come…plenty of power to make the tools whine, the moving of hand planes, the sound is divine, were all standing by, waiting for this day, when doc will want to come out and play…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 06:24 PM

Hopefully a few folks are paying attention. You’re giving a lot of good information for others that are planning to put together a shop.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 06:41 PM

Jim, Grizz, Monty,

Thanks for your support gentlemen! As I said I’m a pretty fair carpenter.. like my grandfather said” I cut it off twice, and it was still too short”.. And I’ve built a few homes in my past. I think of my self as a “Woodbutcher” wanting to be an artisan. Inching forward????

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 07:03 PM

We are all Anxiously awaiting your first Lumberjocks project masterpiece….
I know you are having fun because getting the shop together is enjoyable and a constant work in progress.

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 07:11 PM

Wow Greg,

Did you read “woodbutcher?” LOL!

My little stool will be my starter, and I have read a bunch and watched the masters like yourself , Benji, Charles Neil, and krenov…with awe. I hope I just get a piece together that’s not screwed up! LOL!

Back to insurance billing…can I hear a BOOOOOOO!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 09:37 PM

All good Tom. Don’t be too precious about the clutter. Make it too tidy you won’t know where anything is he he. I just got glasses for close up and I hate them. Fine if I don’t move, but when I turn my head the whole world is on the sea! Stop beating yourself up re mistakes. “learning experiences” thats all they are.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#8 posted 04-24-2013 12:40 AM

Thanks Andy,

You must be around 40 years of age. Had perfect vision up ‘til then. And the small print disappeared! I’ve got a lot of information from hundreds of books and videos from people like yourself.

Knowledge comes from making mistakes…That’s why I am knowledgeable in many areas, just this is another area I’ve got to gain some experiential knowledge.

Like your marking sticks, which give the same mark every time.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 01:54 AM

All right Doc I cant wait for you to get geared up and woodworking.
Sounds like progress.
Thumbs up ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 04-24-2013 05:08 AM


I’m probably going to get involved with my power tools for awhile,,,,,:)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Benji Reyes

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#11 posted 04-24-2013 08:11 AM

Anxiously waiting for your first project Tom. I’m sure it will be noteworthy piece after all the preparation to get started. Imagine if we all live near each other….. Maybe we’ll end up opening beers after just 10 minutes of helping you set up and continue on for a whole week. Hahaha Meanwhile…..Have fun setting up. Cheers Tom!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 03:46 PM


Thanks! I imagine you have some great beer choices…LOL! Nice to have the support of you talented band of brothers. Definitely intimidating too!

Yesterday…Spent 4 hrs making a small dent in all the accumulation of materials from all the years. Hey I found a bench under some of it! Oh yeah I can find places to walk as well! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 05-12-2013 06:22 AM

Hi Doc … Been reading up on your extensive workshop setup … and can’t wait to see you “Sitting on Your Ash”!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#14 posted 05-12-2013 08:45 AM

Thanks Elaine,

Made some progress, a small dent, and I had a number of set backs. Know this happens to all of us. Will post some of “Lake woe is me” tomorrow. The drama continues….... :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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