Tool thoughts #24: Saturday already?!

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Blog entry by NedB posted 07-21-2012 03:15 PM 5441 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: Short term Goals Part 24 of Tool thoughts series Part 25: Shop clean out Done! Next! »

My vacation is almost over… I’ve been off work for a couple of weeks now, which has been great on getting stuff done in the shop, but that’s about to end. Next week, I get back under way and start my travel-heavy work schedule. That means today, with a short pause to photograph a friend’s wedding (civil ceremony, not a lot of pomp & Circumstance, and Not a paid gig (I’m a pro photographer by trade)) I’m going to do as much sorting and putting away as I can. I’m ‘close’ to finding the back corner of the shop finally… but I have a mountain of stuff to go through.
I ordered a couple of new tools yesterday from woodcraft;
An edge band clamp, a collet chuck for the lathe and a set of forstner bits. I’m going to have ‘limited’ time in the shop going forward, and small projects (or lots of small steps on bigger ones) are going to be the rule from here on out. I figure the collet chuck and the forstner bits will help me make some birdhouse ornaments for christmas season, and the band clamp is for a slew of art boxes coming up .

I have one large project underway right now, which I hope to finish up on Monday, I’m in the middle of building a set of Jake’s Chair adirondacks for the yard. I Fear, however I’m going to wind up about three important pieces short, so I may have to go buy more wood. oh darn.

One of the things I am going to un-earth today (getting a late start I know, but I’ll get out there eventually…) is my DC. It’s a pitiful little 3/4 hp Jet, built back when Jet tools were Blue instead of white. It is only good for strictly one tool at a time, but it is already here, paid for long ago, and it does work. I’m going to save up for a HF DC eventually.

Thanks for checking in, I’ll post some update pics later tonight

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 11:58 AM

wow 232 views! Thanks again to all who did check in. as promised I did take some photos of the progress:

I call my DC ‘Old Blue’, used it as a shop vac yesterday, carefully picking up any larger debris first, I then got ‘all’ of the sawdust and planer poo cleaned up. I even emptied out my tablesaw, which had a ton of sawdust in it from my jake’s chair project.

Long view, looking back towards the storage cabinet and miter saw station. I ‘dropped’ the saw to get the dust out of it, works as designed, I’m happy to say.

And finally that is showing the NE corner of the shop. The wheelchair was my mother in law’s before she passed away. Somehow it has wound up in the shop. I tucked it away in the far corner after this photo, and hemmed it in with a stack of boxes of cut-offs and what not.
Thanks for checking in, I’m off to the Syracuse Nationals car show as soon as I can roust my family and put them in the SUV… Cya!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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