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Blog entry by Eric posted 12-02-2021 01:09 AM 728 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been a little shop time here and there, building a few items ranging from jigs to organization and a few others.

I had a request from the boss to build a gable vent for the house we are working on. I had some left over drops of cedar from the shutter project. So I spent about 30 in the shop tonight to put this together. It measures 11 1/2” x 24” and 3” deep, it is not an actual working vent. After it’s installed the stone work will butt up to it.

Another LJ member has done a posting like this, so I thought what the heck. It will allow me to journal some if the small projects, and not actually post them to the projects page.

Even to write about anything and everything shop related. Thanks for reading and leaving your comments.

Had a score from the job site today of some cabinet grade 3/4” plywood and some 1×12 pine boards, saved from the landfill. I squirrel it away up in the loft until it can be used.

-- Eric, building the dream



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FestusHaagen

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#1 posted 12-02-2021 02:27 AM

My motto is IF you have it, that’s why you need it. I visited my son in Livermore over Thanksgiving. He purchased a new condo and he had salvaged hundreds of electrical boxes and face plates along with smoke detecters and huge spools of fiber optic cable. All that stuff was discarded in a dumpster at the construction site. What a waste.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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Eric

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#2 posted 12-02-2021 02:41 AM

So true Ed, one reason construction cost have increased over the past decade, and recently with the supply chain. If I think there might be a use for something, I may end up putting it in my truck. There was a bunch of hand railing drops 5/8” square tubing, well I salvaged the verticle sections to use for wind chimes, powder coated at that.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 12-02-2021 03:22 AM

Great to see people using what normally is wasted. Nice job as well Eric.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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Eric

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#4 posted 12-02-2021 11:34 AM

Thanks PJonesy,
Guess I was thinking more in lines of updating and posting thoughts and stuff about shop time I get. Getting a late start on Christmas, with only two weeks until shipping. Bit I think I can do a few production runs and knock it out.

-- Eric, building the dream

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 12-02-2021 01:51 PM

Looks like the leftovers worked out great for you. It makes my day when I can utilize the material I have. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-02-2021 02:04 PM

Very Nice Eric Like Always.

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 12-02-2021 06:06 PM

With lumber prices rising with no end in sight you were lucky to get the cedar, which will last a very long time.

The part I don’t get is the you built a vent that’s not a vent.

Can you tell us what it is, and can air pass through it?

I must say. It looks great for not being a vent and I don’t think I could build something like that in a half hour.

You must work in fast motion. :^)

I built this gate from western redcedar over 10 years ago. It has no rot and the only damage on it was caused by my cats climbing in it. Darn those cats.

If you got some good lighting and good photography I think it would have made a great project.

It’s title could have been: The Vent That’s Not A Vent.

Best Regards,

-- James E McIntyre

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Eric

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#8 posted 12-02-2021 10:57 PM

DoubleDD, I’m not afraid to dumpster dive for lumber or metal. But yes there will be a use someday. A few months back I scored about 15’ of 2” Copper pipe.

Thanks Calvin. I try to do my best. Hey will still need to find some time to get together. The Better Half is going to visit her daughter next week. And then we have Christmas. So maybe after the first if the year.

Thanks James, that gate looks awesome to me, not seeing any damage. Now a vent without a vent, basically is is a faux vent. The slats are closed up to keep the critters out (I think mainly bats). So no way to allow air to pass. The house does have a few active vents along with soffit vents and ridge vents.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 12-03-2021 01:02 AM

Had a little time in the shop tonight. Started on some quick projects, for some Christmas gifts. I have to admit a little behind, hense the quick ones. This project is for the kitchen, a puller / pusher for the oven racks….so now I have a family of squirrels sitting on the bench. Figured that a production run would work well. 7 roughed out of 4 different woods all in 3/8” stock. Cherry, Walnut, Oak, and one that I have to figure out what it is, need to go back through my wood orders and find it.

Thanks for checking in. Stay safe in the shop.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Eric

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#10 posted 12-04-2021 01:36 AM

Back in the shop this evening, sanding all of the edges, made note to self, use fostner bit at tight radius, to much to sand out tool marks.

Started with disk sander, then on to 4 different sizes of drum sanders on the press.

Had to go over to another job site today to load up debris, scored some drops of Cedar again. Looks like bird house and bird feeder material.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 12-05-2021 02:11 AM

Productive day in the shop, finished final sanding on the first set of gifts. Ready for finish. Milled up pieces for the second set, and did a glue up for the center piece on the project. Need to make a few modifications, the fingers on the tongs seem to be a little stiff.

Have to take a road trip in the morning, better half is going to visit her daughter for the week. Meeting half way.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#12 posted 12-09-2021 02:07 AM

A little bit of shop time this week so far. Working out the details on the next set of gift items. Toaster Tongs, have the pieces milled up and glued together. Final shaping will be rounding over the edges.

I had to thin the stock down a bit and I ended up adding a fuller on each side, now they are easier to squeeze together.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#13 posted 12-10-2021 02:04 AM

Back in the shop tonight for a bit. Sanded a radius on the part glued last night. Drilled for the dowel pins and glued. Figured out the round over on a narrow piece, used the router for that, just had to be careful on the height. Sand one through 220 grit. Those toaster tongs are shopping up. (Only doing a dozen).

So finish sanding then on to finishing 2 projects.

-- Eric, building the dream

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