the broken carpenter

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Blog series by SquintyPolock updated 10-24-2020 05:34 PM 7 parts 6668 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: A blank slate

02-09-2014 01:12 PM by SquintyPolock | 3 comments »

Today, I installed a light, the shop finally feels usable, and the lightbulb is dimmly glowing in my mind. We have been looking for a house for the past year and a half and finally moved just before Thanksgiving. Moving is a bittersweet experince – leaving a place with so many memories that we made so comfortable over the past 10 years and then starting over – and the excitement of a fresh start, a new space, and a new neighborhood. Three months later, we are pretty muc...

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Part 2: Little Red Wagon

02-17-2014 01:16 PM by SquintyPolock | 0 comments »

I took a LJ’s advice and installed another light fixture. Brigher is even better! And I love having so much room to work. Today, I was re-building the boy’s wagon. I have room to perform my layout, use the router table, use the table saw, drill, and paint all without of having to put anything away! What a dramatic improvment from the old shop. The old shop was so small, that I had to completely put everything away with one operation before I could start the next (God...

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Part 3: Big Progress

03-01-2015 03:41 AM by SquintyPolock | 0 comments »

The Broken Carpenter. Funny to think, I felt quite broken when I came up with that blog title. It’s been a year since; and I feel very much changed. Last year, my family and I moved to a new house, mostly we moved due to family issues, and mostly we wanted to move. But, a little bit, neither my wife nor I really wanted to move. When we finally left, it hurt. There is still bad family blood to this day. And I say to everyone out there that love is grand!! Anyways… We landed in t...

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Part 4: 3

12-22-2016 01:31 PM by SquintyPolock | 2 comments »

So the last house didn’t work out and as such either did the shop. We just moved into a brand new apartment building and it’s nice not having to spend my time dealing with 125 year old plumbing and electrical issues. I have a basement shop with decent headroom and OK lighting; it’s remarkably better than my previous shop which was akin to a dungeon. I have about 450 square feet of open space. We moved in just as the contractor was completing work on the building. ...

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Part 5: Dust Mitigation

12-16-2019 08:17 PM by SquintyPolock | 0 comments »

Happy Holidays to all! It’s been a little while since I have posted; 3 years. It’s been so long that I had to reset my forgotten password! I’ve made some upgrades to the shop since my last post, 3 years ago. I constructed a rolling table for my portable table saw and a rolling table for my chop saw. I didn’t document those builds, but here a couple of pics from when I completed them in 2017. Tables were made completely from scrap lumber that I salvaged fr...

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Part 6: To the Work Bench!

12-16-2019 08:44 PM by SquintyPolock | 3 comments »

I purchased these 2×6s in February 2017. One could say I’ve been distracted from this project, since then or one could say I’ve had other obligations, since then. But, I am getting to it now and the lumber has certainly acclimated to my shop. I bought about 50 boards and found 35 of them stayed straight while sitting in the shop. You can see the pile behind my chop saw, in my last post. So, here’s the plan. I’m a lefty, so I decided to move the vices aroun...

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Part 7: Those Legs!

10-24-2020 05:34 PM by SquintyPolock | 0 comments »

So, I have these 6×6 scraps that I salvaged from a local builder. Good legs! I cut them to approximate length and then ripped the ends on the table saw. As you can see here, my handsaw skills need some work. After some experimentation with the chisels, files, mallet, lack of finesse, disappointments, and perseverance; they came out OK. It seems that working with hardwood is easier than with pine. The pine is soft, stingy. I find that oak, for example, shave...

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