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Blog entry by DustyNewt posted 04-27-2010 07:45 AM 3021 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have numerous projects going on. In short, all my horizontal surfaces have gone missing and it is standing room only.

Here are some over-alls from the front door.
Walk Sideways with a Big Stick

Future Jeweler's Bench

This is the main cause of the melee’. We have decided to toy with silver soldering and jewelry. So, this area of our shrinking shop is being converted to a jeweler’s bench with acetylene torch, flex shaft tool, and all those other cool tools that jewelers use.
Future Jeweler's Bench
I will have to find a new home for all that hardware.

Before Picture of the hardware corner.
West Wall Work Bench

I am also in the midst of doing two Red Oak and Zebrawood shot glass displays (above on the outfeed table/center bench). Here are some shots of these.
Shot Glass Display x 2

Shot Glass Display x 2

I made a fixture to hold my 6” Ridgid orbital sander in an upside-down position to help in sanding the small items I do. Works great, and the dust extraction is excellent. Also, fantastic for quick grit switching. Here are a couple pics.
Sander Jig/Fixture

Sander Jig/Fixture

Last but not the least (for sure) is the ritual 17 year clean out of the goldfish pond in back of our house. I believe new species have evolved here.
Fish Pond Clean-Out
It might not look big, but it is about 10×14 feet and 3.5 feet deep at the right end. 5 wheelbarrows of muck were removed (great compost).

So this is what I have been up to these last 10-12 days, along with orders for my keychains and my full time “real” job. I didn’t even mention the bathroom remodel and spare bedroom rehab I have going on as well. Maybe later.

Stay Tuned for the next progress report.

Peace in Wood,

BTW – We went to Vero beach Saturday and Sunday. In my opinion the Ocean Grill is still the best restaurant in Florida.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 01:24 PM

Scott, it certainly looks like you have a lot going on. My shop always seems to get in a similar shape when I am in the middle of a project. It certainly looks like you could use a bigger shop!! :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 04:50 PM

Thanks for the post. Could/would you do a post on making the attachment you made to your Ridgid sander I’d like to make one.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 05:45 PM

Jewelry seems like a fun thing to do. I didn’t see a scroll saw in your shop. If you don’t have one I would just mention that they are also great for doing detailed metal work and also for wooden jewelry stuff of course.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 10:06 PM

Never enough room

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#5 posted 04-28-2010 01:59 AM

Scott, I’ve gotta steal that sander holder idea.
Thanks Budd.
(And, better too many projects then not enough!)

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#6 posted 04-29-2010 06:40 AM

Thanks all for your comments. The fixture for the sander is just two wooden jaws cut to a similar (if not exact) contour of the sander. Do not cover vents for the motor. They are then assembled, hand screw fashion, around the sander, and clamped to a table or bench. Mine is kinda crude. I needed it right away (as my benchtop belt sander bit the dust) for pending orders. 99% effective on the dust tip!

Stefang~ I have two scroll saws, but feel more comfortable with my band saw w/ an 1/8” blade except for inside cuts on thin material. I like using a jeweler’s saw for wood and metal, and can usually cut an intricate shape more accurately, sometimes quicker than setting up and using the scroll saw.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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