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Shop Lighting #1: Sand Under HARD Light (to see the grooves)

07-23-2019 03:22 PM by Keith Kelly | 0 comments »

Typical shop overhead lighting is usually soft, which hides shadows and therefore hides sanding scratches. - Quick tip: When you sand, turn OFF the main overhead lights. Instead, sand under a single hard light - positioned at an angle – so that you can see the sanding scratches much more clearly. Since doing this, I’ve been able to identify sanding issues before it’s too late.- I posted a very quick video about this. It’s in a hotel room but the illustra...

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The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #22: A Drill Press Table that will make your shop weep with joy!

06-09-2012 02:41 PM by StumpyNubs | 32 comments »

Once in a lifetime we achieve a level of perfection so high we wonder if our very lives will ever be the same! That is what I imagine all of you will think the moment you see the new drill press table. Or, at the very least, you’ll have a good time laughing at me. This episode of Blue Collar Woodworking is all about the new drill press table, complete with downdraft dust collection, drawers for storage, and a micro-adjustable, X-Y sliding table. After that we show ou how to ma...

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Shop Upgrade-Best gift ever.

02-13-2012 03:34 PM by Brad | 9 comments »

So what’s it going to be this year guys? Is your lady going to cook you a nice meal for V Day? Get you some boxers with hearts on it? Perhaps dinner and a movie with some after-show cuddling back at the homestead? Well, I’ll be taking my girl out for some fine food and wine, but she’s already covered her V-Day obligations to me. She gave me the gift of light. BeforeMy before shop space light consisted of jury-rigged halogen utility lamps hung from the ceiling along with one measly, f...

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Shop Update #1: Garage Upgrade

08-06-2011 03:47 AM by Dave | 5 comments »

I do my woodworking in the garage and when I started it only had a single 15 amp 110 volt circuit, two light bulbs, and garage doors that were low enough that I bumped into them constantly whenever I moved boards around. Most of us have been there at one point and it worked well enough for me but last summer I was sidelined from the shop while my collar bone was healing (doctor’s orders – no woodworking) so I figured I might as well use the ole’ woodworking budget to have...

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Help for old eyes

07-13-2010 05:14 AM by swirt | 9 comments »

I joined the arm’s reach club a few years ago. I can read without need of glasses, but I have to keep my arm stretched out a bit to do so. Two things that I’ve found that help me immensely in the workshop are1) Bifocal safety glasses. 2) An inexpensive LED headlamp. One gives me better focus, the other gives me the light I need exactly where I need it. Before using them, I had trouble making out those dovetail layout lines. Now I don’t. More specifics about help for ol...

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The American Craftsman WorkShop #9: New Shop Lighting

09-17-2009 05:30 PM by Todd A. Clippinger | 29 comments »

Bright Light! Bright Light! Over the last couple of days I added lights to brighten the shop. Shop Light Envy After seeing the lights in Les Hasting's shop I was motivated to install more lights in my own. There is nothing like shop envy to motivate a guy. The Original Lighting The original lighting situation in my shop was poor and inadequate. I had three 4’x4’ units with 6 bulbs over the assembly and finish area. There was only one of these 4’x4’ l...

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