Building the shop #3: quick update, ramblings...

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Blog entry by MrMeasureTwice posted 12-06-2011 07:29 AM 1188 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi folks,
Been trying to make progress in the shop every weekend. I have no evenings available during the week due to my work schedule and long commute. So, weekends are made for woodworking, or in my case, for getting ready to do woodworking.

So far, progress has been good and steady until last weekend. Saturday was one of those days where I needed to really be a husband and give some focus to my wife and so I did. We had a nice time on Saturday and I even persuaded my beautiful wife to accompany me to the Woodcraft store in Dublin, CA. It turned out to be a great little trip with the end result being me walking out of the store with a pen kit, a cutting board kit and a few small and miscellaneous tools too.

She fell in love with cedar wood and desperately wants a hope chest like she had as a child. As we meandered in the store, she kept getting back to the wood racks and just standing there gawking at the cedar boards. We did not buy any this trip, but I promised her we would return to get some cedar for her hope chest revisited.

We then went looking for food – it was 7PM and we were both pretty hungry. The area has plenty of restaurants around, but the majority of them are Asian restaurants. While I’ve grown to love Asian foods (from my Navy daze…) and some later international travel to Asia/Pacific areas, she has not acquired the same tastes. She likes STEAK and so do i, so we went to Cattlemen’s in Livermore, CA, ate at the bar to avoid the 50 minute wait and we had a blast! We had not gone out like that for quite a few years – now that the kids are grown (but not GONE yet…) we have a lot more freedom and flexibility, so we are starting to use it.

Sunday was a lazy day for the most part and while I got some work done in the shop, it was not any sort of heroic effort like previous weekends. But, I did clear another set of steel shelves leaving only two sets to go before the space is cleared and I can begin building my bench. In addition to the bench, I will be building the “Revolving Tool Station” that appears on page 90 in the book. The book came with my first issue of ShopNotes, but you can find it online as well. LOTS of places.

The bench will NOT be the “end all” bench that so many seek to build and salivate over. Right now it’s about getting the shop put together quickly and that means a simple, no frills bench at first. In fact, the same book has a nice weekend bench project on page 50 – actually, the book has several good projects. But, these are top of the list projects for the shop. Once I have them knocked out, then I will be working on some storage projects for the shop, but I also need to start working on that pen and the cutting board pretty fast. I’d really like to have them done and ready for Christmas gifts for my wife, so as you can see, I have got a lot of time!

I’ve also got a pair of Shopsmith’s that are both working, good condition systems that I am deciding on exactly what to do with them. I also have 3 boxes, actually crates, full of accessories for these two machines. Included in the most recent acquisition was a Magna 4” jointer attachment assembly. I was VERY excited to get that since I do not have a planer, and, I do not really have the space for a dedicated planer. Oh, and I can;t really afford one either… So getting that with the second Shopsmith was a nice little bonus for me.

If the tools that require a fair amount of space, here is what I currently have;
1 – Shopsmith 10ER (circa 1952)
1 – Shopsmith 10E (circa 1949)
1 – DeWalt DW735 dual speed, 3 blade planer + in-feed/out-feed extensions (nearly new, actually used one time before the poor fella died – sad story…)
1 – Craftsman 10” table saw on it’s own stand (about 8 years old)
1 – Craftsman compound miter saw (brand new)
1 – Craftsman drill press (brand new)
1 – Craftsman scroll saw, single speed (used, unsure of age)
1 – Craftsman band saw (circa 1961) – [didn’t cost me a penny – was given to me by a friend!!]
1 – Craftsman bench grinder (brand new)
1 – belt/disc sander combo unit, 4” belt & 6” disc – (circa WHO KNOWS – el cheapo brand, but got it at a garage sale for $7.50)
1 – Chicago Electric router table with router ( brand new)
3 – rolling tool boxes (mostly automotive tools)

In addition to these larger tools/systems, I have several circular saws, numerous cordless drills from 10 volts to 18 volts, etc.

OK, so there’s the ramblings… Take Care & be safe.

Happy cutting and sanding!!!,

PS – I will be setting up a YouTube channel to document the shop progress all the way through completion + the projects I will be doing. Soon as I get the channel setup I will post the link.

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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