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Blog series by Ted Ewen updated 04-14-2016 08:41 AM 11 parts 16070 reads 83 comments total

Part 1: And So I Begin: Starting on the Road to Woodworking

06-26-2015 11:04 AM by Ted Ewen | 11 comments »

Short Intro – For more info see my profile and workshop I’m almost 50 and I’ve never really learned how to make anything. I’m beginning for change that.I have just a few tools and no workshop. I need to bootstrap my way into one. I will be using Sketchup for most of my planning and design. The Plan for the rest of 2015 Buy the best sliding double bevel saw I can afford.Overview of the saw and workstand: Youtube playlist: https://goo.gl/kAAyGz Design...

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Part 2: My First Wood Order

06-27-2015 01:15 AM by Ted Ewen | 3 comments »

So, not terribly exciting on the face of it, but I’ve placed my first order for wood: 16×4.2 meters of 45mm x 95mm, untreated20×4.2 meters of 38mm x 57 mm, treated Thats enough for 8 sawhorses (though I will only be building 4) and an unknown number of coops, but at least I get to play around now. At 69 cents per 4.2m, I can afford to be profligate. Yay!

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Part 3: My Second Order: Screws, braces, hinges, and gate bolts.

06-27-2015 04:57 PM by Ted Ewen | 0 comments »

Again, not too flashy or exciting, but with this purchase I have all the hardware I should need to do the ten coops we need, with some left over. The only thing we may need is a latch for the top of the house part of the the coops. I’m thinking of a hinged top for easy access and cleaning. Step by step :D

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Part 4: Materials and Hardware Have Arrived

07-06-2015 10:20 AM by Ted Ewen | 9 comments »

Summer arrived this weekend. Temperatures were in the low 30’s (high 80’s F) and that is hot after nothing higher than 70 all year. We moved to the wood into the garage for storage and I inventoried the hardware order. The lumber supplier failed to deliver the metal fabric that we ordered but delivered it the next day. I ended up ordering hardware from ScrewFix Direct in the UK. I could not find a supplier in Denmark that sold at anything but retail prices and quantities. I knew t...

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Part 5: YouTube: How did I learn without it?

07-20-2015 10:40 AM by Ted Ewen | 2 comments »

There’s been a lot of downtime the last few weeks. Money has run out and I almost got what I needed before it did. Unfortunately that almost is a show stopper. More moneys soon, but in the meantime…. YouTube. I had access to an incredible wood shop back in my school days. Unfortunately, I was young, ignorant and clueless, so I did not see the value. I remember snippets of information from those days, but really am pretty much starting from complete ignorance. She Who Must b...

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Part 6: First Major Tool Order!

08-13-2015 11:57 AM by Ted Ewen | 26 comments »

Well I did it. I placed the order. I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while and now it is done. I got: Bosch GCA 12 GDL Bosch GTA 2500 W Bosch GAS 20 L SFC Shop Vac Bosch GMF 1600 CE Bosch GKT 55 GCE Bosch FSN Guiderail System (5.2m total) They should all be here next week, and cost less than a single stationary machine I have been coveting, so I feel like I’ve got some value for my money. Soon as they get here, I can truly start to work!

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Part 7: Decided on a structure for my temporary shop - A Geodesic Tunnel!

08-14-2015 09:22 AM by Ted Ewen | 21 comments »

I’ve been scouring the internet for months now, trying to decide what kind of structure to use for my workshop. We have very limited space and some existing outbuildings which, though destined for removal, are now still necessary. To get me through the coming winter, I’d thought about a large PVC “Party Tent” like this one: A 3m x 6m tent is only a couple of hundred bucks, but this is Denmark, so a severe winter is not out of the question and constant wind is...

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Part 8: My First Workshop

09-06-2015 09:59 AM by Ted Ewen | 3 comments »

48 hours ago, this was our bedroom. There are times in life where it just strikes you how lucky you are. This is one of mine. I am astounded that She Who Must Be Obeyed not only permitted me to convert our bedroom into a workshop but is quite fine, enthusiastic actually, about me taking over the whole of the living room soon too. (I was standing in the doorway between the living room and shop as I took this photo). The living room is about 3x as long as the room pictured, has a high ceil...

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Part 9: HHWW: Post-Project 001/2 Stock Take and Post-Mortem

09-27-2015 08:21 AM by Ted Ewen | 0 comments »

Our story so far…Well. After a flurry of activity, we now have four Heavy-Duty Sawhorses and two 6’x2’x5’ PooperPeeper Hutches. We also have our spare room back and the house no longer smells of the wrong sort of chicken. I have enough sheet material (of two thicknesses) to make one more PooperPeeper Hutch, but I am wondering if I wouldn’t be better off using them to more completely finish the first two – enclose one half and provide a perch and nestin...

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Part 10: New Shop: The Sliding Puzzle Problem

01-28-2016 04:09 PM by Ted Ewen | 2 comments »

Over the Christmas holidays my wife and I set about moving various rooms around in the house to allow me to use the once living room as my primary shop. Last week we got things shuffled around sufficiently than I can now say I have a new shop. This is what I ended up with: What was the old shop (and was much too small for that purpose) will now be the storage and assembly area. We’ve moved both the living room and the bedroom in the process, and the new smaller rooms we now use f...

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Part 11: Some Much Needed Shop Improvements

04-14-2016 08:41 AM by Ted Ewen | 6 comments »

Lights, Power Points and a Dedicated Circuit. One thing about living in Scandinavia: Winter days are short and dark. The previous owners were, apparently, bats because there is very little lighting anywhere in the house. While the new shop space has great windows, they do not do a lot to illuminate the shop if there is no sunlight. Even when there is, it’s not exactly the best lighting for doing detailed work and measurement. I was using a light intended for video recording to h...

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