Building the Shop #25: I'm BACK!! Another Fall, Winter & Spring of Woodworking in OKC

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Blog entry by Lance posted 08-26-2012 07:48 PM 6781 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Turn down the heat please, let me back in the shop already, it’s almost September.

Well guys, it’s been almost 6 months since I’ve built anything in my shop, the last project I built was my wife’s Jewelry Cabinet Armoire back in March. I’ve spent the last 6 months perfecting my golf game, in the shop I HATE sweat dripping off my head but on the course is the one place I don’t mind sweating. I’ve had a great summer playing golf and getting my HDCP down to a 3, but now it’s time to start preparing plans for some shop furniture I’ve been talking about for over a year now.

For those of you that have been following me since I started buying tools and designing my shop you’re probably tired of me talking about shop furniture. LOL I’ve been wanting to knock out a couple pieces for my shop for over a year now and something always got in the way it seemed like.

Anyways, enough time talking about it!!

Time to build a FLIP TOP CART for my Dewalt DW735 and my Ridgid Oscillating Sander. i’ve been researching designs and different hardware used and I think I’m ready to start buying material and hardware.

I’ve decided to go with the solid steal shaft with a 1/2 inch Inner-Diameter Steel Flange, I’m debating whether to use 1/2” or 3/4” steel rod for my top. What’s your opinion, will the 1/2” support the weight? To hold the top steady I’m going to install Brass Threaded Inserts, this seems like a solid solution that people have been using.

Thanks to Michael J here on LumberJocks, I’ve got a great design to start with that I like.

Tools I’ve bought over the last couple months was a Port-A-Cable combo brad nailer kit from WoodCraft, it came with the 18 and 23 gauge nail gun for $109. I also picked up the Ridgid Oscillating Sander from HD, I’ve always wanted it and the reviews were awesome so I snagged it before they stopped making them.

I’m interested in a Jet 16-32 Drum Sander on CL right now for $700 BRAND NEW in box, hopefully I can get the wife on board and I’ll be able to pick that up for the shop. Other than dreaming about owning some Festool equipment I’m just really excited about getting back in the shop and knocking out some shop furniture this season.

Be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, I’ve got updates of me building my shop and other random vacation videos. Another hobby I picked up this summer was creating videos from my new GoPro camera I got. I bought it for our Hawaii trip at the end of Oct, we plan on snorkeling 4 days while were there!!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 10:13 PM

Funny, but I have been enjoying a summer of golf and woodworking, though my handicap remains at 12. When the temperature hit 100 for several days in July, my garage worshop remained a cool 68. Being in a walkout basement of the house helps. The problem here is in the winter when it’s a bit chilly. Last year I installed a 240V cieling mounted heater that made a huge difference.

Hope you enjoy your time in the shop. The flip top stand looks like a great idea.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 11:07 PM

PittburghTim – I wish I had a basement, but they don’t make them here in OKC. When it’s HOT, we’re hitting 110 and it’s probably 115+ in my garage that’s not insulated or have a A/C unit, maybe in the next house!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 12:28 AM

lance, I really think the steel rod is overkill. I built a flip top for my 735 and my Rigid OSS and used a 6” section of 1” oak dowel for the flip. It’s solid as a rock and I haven’t had any trouble with the rotation at all. I ran a screw through the dowel to hold in place.

I’m jealous of your golf this summer. I tore my ACL in March and I can’t play again for another month. I’ve really missed it.

Good luck on the build.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 12:52 AM

Sounds like you’re ready to cut n plane, n cut n sand n finish n sand n, well, u git the idea… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 08-27-2012 01:57 AM

Over engineering something isn’t a sin. I would use the steel rod because I don’t think the cost would be that much more and you will get a lot more strength. If you shop around a little you might find the rod at a good price. Go to one of those machine shops around there and see what you find. No, don’t go to one shop go to several until you find the rod you want at a good price. Maybe you will find it at the first place LOL. I have done that. If you can find some polished and ground rod that has been left over from a job it might go at a reasonable price.

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 01:23 AM

Oh the hot garage blues, here is Sacramento my garage is safe until noon, then my west facing aluminum door gets the sun until nightfall. We’ve been steady at 100 but had a week of 112, my garage is now a kiln. I got that same sander on CL and its a solid sander. Golf balls make great targets at the shooting range….poof.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#7 posted 08-28-2012 06:49 AM

I used 1/2” steel rod when I built my flip top cart for my dw735. There are a number of metal vendors on ebay. Funny thing is that I rarely ever flipped it and eventually tore the cart apart and put the planer on a ridgid mobile miter station (msuv). I have the ridgid OSS sitting on top of a rolling craftsman tool chest.

-- Expert Sawdust Maker

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