Workshop 2019

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Blog series by KettleWorkshop updated 06-20-2019 04:44 AM 8 parts 3802 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: So it begins...again.

05-21-2019 03:27 AM by KettleWorkshop | 0 comments »

When I moved into my current home I spent a great deal of time building out a workshop. It was my first serious one. I had others prior but they were limited in size due to limited space; a workshop in a closet as an example. So I built a behemoth (in terms of not being a pro and making money off of my shop). And I loved it. Built a few small things, nothing major, out of it. And then I got a new job. Great right? Better pay..better location, but the hours were unfortunate(Midnight to 9...

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Part 2: Assembly Table: Part 1

05-21-2019 04:48 AM by KettleWorkshop | 3 comments »

The first thing I knew I lacked and needed to correct was the role of an assembly table. My current one was nothing more than an ikea desk top with two stanley sawhorses. It worked? But it was far from ideal. An aside. I was taught how to do woodworking by my grandfather and he was a very practical man so function was a primary issue for him, always. Attractiveness of the solution was secondary. He also taught me to never just dive into a project; to examine what functions I needed the...

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Part 3: Assembly Table: Part 2

05-30-2019 04:23 AM by KettleWorkshop | 0 comments »

The tables are officially done…except for the legs. Thats because they arrive tomorrow; more on that later. So without further wait, I present the twin assembly tables. Both are identical 2’x6’. Well mostly identical as there is one difference, but first the tables. They are both fairly standard Paulk designs, just shortened for my needs (and intended method of storage).The vertical pieces are all built from 3/4” Birch Plywood. Bottoms are 1/2” Birch Ply...

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Part 4: Lumber Cart: Part 1

06-06-2019 05:18 AM by KettleWorkshop | 0 comments »

Putting the leg situation with the assembly table on hold for a moment (I think I am on version 5 of the legs?), I decided to tackle another large project, though somewhat simple; a lumber cart. Currently my lumber is in a haphazardly build framed area of my garage. Its a mess and I cant find anything when I need it. I really dont even want to show it. Point is. Not ideal. Need something better. While looking at ideas, the thought occurred to me that I happen to have these two giant ...

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Part 5: Lumber Cart: Part 2

06-07-2019 05:21 AM by KettleWorkshop | 0 comments »

Onward with the build. Had some time tonight to get the last major pieces in. This would be last front piece and the short cuttoff support. The two outer sections support small long cutoffs and the larger single middle section supports the medium sized ones. What about that hole? That’s for a drawer that will be the last piece of the build. That will be for all the random small cuttoffs that I want somewhat contained. And I also got to test the fit of one of my two assembly ...

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Part 6: Lumber Cart: Part 3 : Finale

06-10-2019 03:42 PM by KettleWorkshop | 2 comments »

So the lumber cart was all but done and just needed the last piece, the drawer. It’s now done and fits nicely in its intended hole. The drawer is constructed of a 3/4” Birch Plywood bottom and face, which are pocket hole screwed together, along with glue. The sides and back are 1/2” Plywood that are glued and 1” brad nailed together. There is no drawer glides or dado cut here, just a basic fit it in the hole. As a note, I will be applying some paste wax to the...

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Part 7: Miter Saw & Compressor Cart: Part 1

06-16-2019 04:29 AM by KettleWorkshop | 0 comments »

After the completion of my Lumber Cart, it was time to build a new home for two items in the shop that have been vexing me. My Kobalt 10” Sliding Compound Miter Saw My pancake compressor Both of these items have been floating for a while now and need a home. So i designed one. Its fairly utilitarian and not as snazzy as some of the full built in permanant miter stations. For those that have been following along; permanant floor space is at a premium so everything has to ...

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Part 8: Miter Saw & Compressor Cart: Part 2

06-20-2019 04:44 AM by KettleWorkshop | 0 comments »

So the cart is..mostly done. Or it was.. There is a crucial point when a plan/design meets reality. At this critical point one of two things happen;1)Everything goes great.2)You notice problems you had not foreseen. For my prior two projects (The Assembly Tables are technically done, just awaiting legs until the project is posted), everything went rather well. Didn’t run into any serious issues or need to step back and re-evaluate the project. This one though…not the case...

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