Calm out of chaos - My Shop Build #3: Heavy Metal

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Blog entry by TheBossQ posted 10-03-2016 04:53 AM 1292 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I played football in high school. I remember hitting the weight room every day after school. It was nothing more than a giant concrete cube, with Metallica, among others, blaring through the space. Metallica, to this day, is still one of my favorite bands to listen to when I’m getting physical. I have a Metallica channel on Pandora and I like to play that when I’m working in my shop. But that’s not the Heavy Metal that this is all about.


I’m referring to steel. Now, technically, steel isn’t a heavy metal. But how am I going to regale you with my glory days unless I take some liberties?


You see, when the table saw cabinet I made failed, in somewhat spectacular fashion, I began to think about what I should do about it. Staring at the sheet-metal stand that my Powermatic was originally fashioned to, it occurred to me. Manufacturers don’t ship our table saws to us with wooden stands or cabinets. They’re metal. I needed to make the next one out of metal.


I’m subscribed to Allan Little on YouTube. He goes by AskWoodMan. And he has a ton of fantastic content, including a Welding for Woodworkers series. Admittedly, he is not an expert welder. But I watched everything he had to offer. Then I turned to the experts. WeldingTipsAndTricks, and WeldFever. I consumed virtually everything they have to offer on FCAW, GMAW and TIG welding. I thought I wanted to stick with Flux Core, mostly due to the simplicity. But my research led me to realize GMAW is a superior process in many ways and is slightly less expensive in the long run. TIG is really cool, but that’ll have to be for another day.


I needed a welder. And I needed to convince my wife that I needed a welder. Fortune smile upon me. And she did.


My wife says to me, “What’s something really big that you want?”.


So, I know this is going to be both good and bad for me. After a series of “no, you first” being bantered back and forth, I said “fine, I want a welder”.


She asks what a welder costs. I said, “how much do you think a welder costs?”, because this ain’t my first rodeo.


She guesses $1,000. And like a pro, I answer “Yep, a welder is definitely $1,000, plus miscellany (because not my first …) Now, what are you after?”.


She shows me a picture of a German Shepherd that is on the county euthanasia list. Ugh. I’ve been saying no to new dogs for a while.


My dad watches our dogs while we vacation. He phoned us one day to say our dog Newman was acting bizarrely. Newman was older and had diabetes, common for his breed. We’d been successfully treating him for nearly two years. Well, after dropping off my dad, we came home to find Newman had passed away in the back yard. I buried him that night, next to the orange tree, all while dumping tears into the soil.


So, we headed to county and came home with Juno.

Now, since my wife picked the three previous dogs and their breeds, I said I wanted a German Shepherd next. Juno thinks my wife is a play toy. She knows I’m the boss. Which makes the only female in the house to hold such a belief. Juno is our dog, but she’s my dog really, because dogs do choose their person. I now have a German Shepherd and a welder. I named my welder Hobart.


Told you my wife is a saint. The only downside? The Grizzly G0513X2 fund has been raided. So the bandsaw is going to have to wait.

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#1 posted 10-03-2016 07:59 PM

I don’t know for sure but I think Both Females in the house have you Exactly where They want you at. :)
Congrats on the Welder and Juno.

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#2 posted 10-03-2016 08:22 PM

I don t know for sure but I think Both Females in the house have you Exactly where They want you at. :)
Congrats on the Welder and Juno.

- Richard

SSSHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!—I know that. They know that. But we can’t let them know I know that!

Thanks for stopping by Richard!

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 09:49 AM

Another addiction, good stuff

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