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Blog series by Natalie updated 05-30-2013 04:24 PM 5 parts 7192 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Keeping it real

02-25-2013 05:14 AM by Natalie | 2 comments »

I have so much to do to get my shop organized, I have promised myself that I will not try to build cabinet grade, furniture grade shop cabinets, drawers, or shelves. Here’s the big HOWEVER: Okay, I bought C grade plywood, but I found some 3 1/6 thick cherry ply left over from our kitchen remodel that I can use for the sliding doors on my upper storage shelves, and since I’m doing that, I can’t resist adding lacewood edge banding to cover up the plywood edge, since I have s...

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Part 2: Getting to know my saw on some plywood boxes.

03-07-2013 05:20 AM by Natalie | 3 comments »

So, I have these places in my shop that beg for some cupboards, with slide-by doors. They are not assembled yet, but I have pics to try to explain what I am talking about. So here is the space I’m talking about. Minus the clamps that are temporarily hanging there I am putting up a series of long narrow cabinet boxes in between each set of brackets. I started with 1/2 inch plywood. I try to avoid 3/4 inch ply whenever possible because it’s so much heavier and hard for ...

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Part 3: I'm actually making a bit of progress.

05-18-2013 05:19 PM by Natalie | 7 comments »

I have all the parts cut for 10 of these, each a different size in order to fit between the brackets that are holding up my wood storage shelves. I had some cherry plywood pieces that were the right size for cutting the sliding doors out of, and I used some Lacewood scraps I had to cover the plywood edge. I used 1/2 inch plywood because I didn’t want to have to deal with the weight of 3/4 inch and I thought I could get away with it. I still don’t regret that but didn’t...

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Part 4: Dust Collection What do I really need?

05-30-2013 04:32 AM by Natalie | 4 comments »

This is not a question of what brand to buy, and I already know that I want a cyclone with the micron filter canisters. My question is about how much power do I need for my shop. I don’t want to get something that is good enough but not great. I want great performance without overkill. My shop is just shy of 500 sq ft and I will have the typical tools. I don’t expect too many times when there will be anyone else but me in the shop, so essentially I will be using one tool at ...

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Part 5: Revised Dust Collection Question

05-30-2013 04:24 PM by Natalie | 3 comments »

Okay, so my question is not so much about electricity but about suction. Will 2.5hp provide enough suction to clear the dust from my shop? I will have 8 drops and the lengths of ducting no longer than 20 ft. I will rarely be running more than one tool at a time. Thanks

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