Getting my tools ready #9: What is the status?

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 05-14-2013 01:19 AM 1887 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Still here! Part 9 of Getting my tools ready series Part 10: The eagle has landed! »

An update re: progress if it can be called that? The first picture is a somewhat organized chaos! I realized that I was in Hazzard County as my benches and the floor were filled with materials, tools and garbage. I decided that after the electric box was approved to go out and work on that “piece of ash.” But I was unable to move.

The second picture is a slight evolution of progress? I actually put in about three of my shop DAZE getting materials and tools put on the floor to ceiling shelving I built, which took more time than I expected…OH DAH!


The third picture, which should be the last in this sequence, is that ash that I had cut in two to work on the checks and splits that had developed. Found out why Charles Neil is always right…LOL! The piece was given to me as a sample. Its from the center of the log and near the first cut off the log. The piece split right where Charles said “it always splits and checks here.” GRRR!

Wanted to do a butterfly, Nakashima style on the organic piece. Didn’t have a mortising bit! Ordered one. When I put it into my porter cable plunge router and tried to use the bushing . It ate it up. Brass!
go figure????? Waiting on a Porter Cable bushing set.

The last three photos show why it took some time. I jacked up the second floor joists and set the posts to help support my second floor and plumb the support posts.

This is the floor to ceiling shelving that I built. 2 ft deep and 8 ft wide! I loaded it up and now have some organized chaos! The shelving took around 2 weeks with work and waiting for the concrete pads to set up. No level surfaces in my Cau Haus!


Damn, even though they are small pads they took a week to set. This gave me a flat and level as well as strong base to set the posts.

I am now trying to get my plane blades sharpened, and my planes functional.. playing with my routers and the piece of ash!

Spring time is here. I missed my objective of having my jointer planer assembled as well as my floor drill press, which is still in a box under material in another room in the shop!

My old Victorian house is in need of maintenance she is 140 years old and has lots of character but she requires more energy than a normal house/ rebuilt THE BACK PORCH, ADDED INSULATED WINDOWS AND ADDITIONAL FRAMING. it’s 80 % finished on inside and needs something to stay in character on the outside.

Another reason for my lack of follow through is I lost two more of my cats to Feline Leukemia this past month.

Three inches forward…two inches back.

Later my friends

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 01:41 AM

The shops coming along very well .Keep on plugging the rest of it will still come together for you.

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 01:51 AM


Been awhile since I posted. You actually commented before I finished my write up…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 02:28 AM

The shop is coming together. It looks like you are going to have a lot of room.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 02:32 AM

My kind of Chaos requires a lot of room around me! LOL! It’s only been a thousand and 3 days since I said I’d do this! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 03:49 AM

Before you know it al will be ready to start woodworking and all the delays will be behind you…

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 05:09 AM

I can only hope…. :) How’s the saw coming?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 05:42 AM

Oh Doc … I’m so sorry to hear about your cats!
You’ve put in lots of hard work getting things the way you want … even taking care of your 140 year old love :) Hope your summer proves to be a mixture of relaxation and creative recreation for you!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 05-14-2013 06:14 AM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 05-14-2013 06:55 AM

awe dam doc, im sure sorry for the loss of your kitties, im getting tired of loosing my furry friends, but i love them to much to not do my part, if i could i would get every animal that went into the pound here, i have 2 acres and could build a feline habitat and then a canine habitat…...i just need the money, if some rich person would like to help my cause, i would be forever grateful, now doc i sure want pictures of you wrestling with your table saw, so get off your ash and dont rely on your laurel…you must be pining to get busy with

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

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#10 posted 05-14-2013 07:07 AM

Nice shelving! Good to see your progress. Every time I read your latest post I think of how fortunate I am with my shop…
You should post some photos on the house upgrade as well.
Best wishes, Johnny.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 12:11 PM

Good progress on the shop. I’m along way with mine….. Great to follow and someday soon… I will be putting tools in mine (I hope)

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#12 posted 05-14-2013 03:27 PM


Thanks, Have lost 12 cats (outside kitties) to feline leukemia in the past 14 months and a few didn’t come back. There are left outside, and I will eventually post my “catty shack” story w/pictures of the build. Grizz I used my band saw, and table saw while screwing up my piece of ash…LOL!

It’s the journey we have sometime vs. the journey we choose. Thanks :)


I’d suggest..from experience..LOL that you buy the best you can afford. Learn them when you get them??? LOL!

Best of luck on your journey.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 05-14-2013 06:23 PM

Progress is still being made.

Sorry to hear about the cats.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 05-15-2013 10:40 PM

Doc looks like you have been hording all the nice slabs.
Looking good.

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

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#15 posted 05-16-2013 01:55 AM

It’s nice looking Dave but it’s splitting and checking big time!

Getting there.

Thanks Monte for the sentiments. How’s your newest POWER TOOL doing?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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