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Blog series by Hoakie updated 02-12-2014 02:08 AM 8 parts 28442 reads 62 comments total

Part 1: Grandpa's RAS gets a new top

01-11-2011 05:59 AM by Hoakie | 5 comments »

Instead of adding a new project for the things I do around the shop, I thought I would start a blog about the upgrades as I make them. Over the past two years I have done a lot to convert the unfinished part of my basement into a woodworking shop. If you want to see some before shots you can visit the bt3central forums (probably need to register to see pics, sorry i’ll post them here soon) The beginningUpgrade 1 You can see what it looks like now in My Workshop in my profileR...

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Part 2: The Entrance

01-14-2011 06:47 AM by Hoakie | 3 comments »

This fall I had several run ins with my chisels. The first one resulted in a 1” gash in the heel of my right palm. I was working on redoing some DC and had old carving chisels on a box on a shelf below where I was working. I didn’t see it before hand but one of the chisels was sticking sharp end up and as I withdrew my hand….YOWZERS. Went to the doc for a tetanus shot but no stitches required. My second incident was pure sheer stupidity. I was working on the inla...

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Part 3: Shop Face-lift Completed

01-30-2011 04:57 AM by Hoakie | 5 comments »

Ok, is a shop really ever done?!? At least it is a major improvement over the last arrangement You may recall that I solicited suggestions for a proposed shop rearrangement a couple of weeks ago. The primary reasons for changing things up is that I felt a) the arrangement was very inefficient to work in and b) I’m getting ready to build either the 21st Century or Holtzapffel workbench and really wanted to have good access to all sides of the bench Since I’m going to update...

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Part 4: Inspired to do something new... Hand-cut Dovetails

02-09-2011 05:09 AM by Hoakie | 28 comments »

Is it odd that every time I get a new power tool to perform a task, I get an urge to try and do it by hand as well? Anyway it seems to happen to me a lot. This year I received a dovetail jig for Christmas and was up and running cutting half-blind dovetails in no time. However, I have been wanting to learn techniques working with hand tools for a long time to expand my arsenal. Over the past few weeks I’ve been eying some of the entries to the Winter Challenge, the videos of the Ja...

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Part 5: Shop renovation #?? who knows lost count

12-06-2011 05:59 AM by Hoakie | 5 comments »

Ok, as some of you know or gathered from my electrical questions, I have been upgrading my shop once again. When we had our new deck built this summer, I had the electrician run a 40amp sub panel to my shop. You can read about it here. When all was said and done I ran a dedicated 20amp circuit to the DC and 2 independent 20 amp GFCI circuits (about 10 pair of duplex outlets) around the shop. I debated about how high to mount them. I know 48” is fairly standard, however, i do not hav...

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Part 6: Go Big or Go Home?

01-09-2012 11:57 PM by Hoakie | 3 comments »

Two years after purchasing my last big tool (Rikon 10-325), I saved enough for my latest purchase, the Delta 18-900L 18-Inch Laser Drill Press. I’ve started putting aside $25 a month + any gift cards etc. to save for major tool purchases and it has worked really well and makes it easier to justify to SWMBO. Since I’m relatively young and plan on doing this woodworking thing a while, I’ve decided to adopt the philosophy of trying to buy quality tools that will last a long...

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Part 7: Shop Tour

01-23-2012 12:35 AM by Hoakie | 9 comments »

A quick tour of my shop

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Part 8: ....Moving on....

02-12-2014 02:08 AM by Hoakie | 4 comments »

Well I finally got my shop setup somewhat like I wanted… it is time to move. SWMBO and I built a new house and start moving in this weekend. Like my current shop, the new one will be in the basement. I will have windows and a walk out access that will make it feel less like a dungeon. The downside (or upside, depending on how you look at it) is that it is a completely clean slate, no framed walls, now outlets, no nothing. I look at my current shop as a test run for my next (ho...

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