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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #120: Dungeon Workshop Walkaround Tour - Spring 2020

04-28-2020 03:30 PM by retired_guru | 0 comments »

I promised Shawn ( @shawnSK ) pictures of the workshop, once the reorganization was complete enough to get back to building projects. I’m not quite there, as you will see in this post, but close enough that I decided I wanted to do it, as an earmark for when I look back at where I’ve been and what’s been done over time. I moan and groan a lot about the limitations I deal with in this workshop, but for the amount of time I spend in it, and how far I have come along in deal...

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Workbench #5: Workshop improvements

04-26-2020 12:28 PM by JimYoung | 3 comments »

With the completion of my new Roubo workbench, I set out to reorganize and arrange my workshop since I have a lot of time on my hands due to the virus. The current arrangement was cramped and there was no room to work or move materials around. The first thing was to rotate my table saw 90 degrees to give better access for infeed and out feed. The work bench sits behind the table saw, and essentially extends the outfeed. I re-plumbed my dust collector and parked it next to the support pole...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #118: Seeds for Insanity: Sorting Screws, Bolts, Nuts, Washers...

04-20-2020 10:20 PM by retired_guru | 11 comments »

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #117: Working "Clean"

04-11-2020 04:57 PM by retired_guru | 0 comments »

My previous post was about the complete re-organization of lumber and cut-offs in and around my dungeon workshop. I call it a ‘dungeon’ because of the several issues I have with it, and the compromises or extra lengths I have to go through to equal what many of my peers take for granted in their own workshops. My workshop is the basement of my 120 year old home, poorly constructed (in my opinion), showing its age more than it should. There isn’t a flat spot of concrete fl...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #116: Lumber and Cut-Offs Reorganization

04-08-2020 08:37 PM by retired_guru | 6 comments »

Since my father passed on last summer, I’ve been cleaning out, clearing out, and reorganizing the dungeon workshop. I’ve made shop cabinets, added drawers to benches, made some carts, sorted fasteners and supplies. As I have mentioned already, it has been like playing with a Rubik cube, a sliding puzzle, where I’ve had to shuffle stuff around to make progress in any one area of the shop. I’ve accomplished a lot—my wife keeps telling me I have—and I do feel ...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #115: Match-Making: Ryobi Benchtop Router Table & HF 2 HP Fixed-Base Router

04-04-2020 07:38 PM by retired_guru | 0 comments »

A while back I acquired a Harbor Freight 2 HP single-speed fixed-base router and a variable-speed control. Yesterday I decided to see if the Ryobi face plate would mate with the HP router. Because the screws that came with the table were either too long or too short, I had to make a trip to Lowe’s for the M5-.80×12 mm screws needed. All they had were 16 mm. I didn’t want to delay this project with an online order, so I added the HF base and used some longer screws that cam...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #114: Polypropylene Router Table Runners

04-03-2020 01:10 AM by retired_guru | 2 comments »

Recently I purchased a Rockler Box Joint Jig with the intent on using it in either of the two router tables in my workshop. The newer Ryobi has standard 3/4” W x 3/8” D slots, but the older entry-level Blue Hawk (commonly sold at Lowe’s) table has 5/8” wide slots. The Rockler jig comes with runners to fit only the standard size slot. So I knew going into this purchase I would be making new runners, and if it worked, out of polypropylene strips I had cut from new cutting boar...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #113: Kicking Excuses to the Curb

03-29-2020 01:04 PM by retired_guru | 0 comments »

It’s been a month since my last post, and unlike previous lengthy periods between posts, this time it’s because of diligent effort to re-organize the dungeon workshop. As of this writing, I’m close to 90% complete, that being really ‘almost done’, to where I can say all my tools, supplies, and equipment, are put away with some hope of finding everything when needed. The North room off the main workspace makes up the bulk of that 10 percent when I get there. Fortunately, it’s an area tha...

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Workshop #33: 6 Years in the making

03-01-2020 02:38 AM by clieb91 | 7 comments »

Well I finally did it! I took apart my huge lumber rack, I said I would do it 6 years ago in this blog. I tried to adapt it but it just stil took up too much floor space for what i needed to really keep in the shop. The good news is like most things in my shop it was primarily assembled with 2×4s and pocket screws. So I was able to totally dismantle the entire thing in about an hour and now have a wood that will be recylcled into a few other shop projects. The best part is ...

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Another new shop - third time's the charm? #7: Baseboards and more...

02-19-2020 09:03 PM by DrPuk2U | 0 comments »

Short entry this time. Added the baseboards and started moving the machines in. Actually did some wood working. Been a bit of a hiatus as our new “grandchild” has taken up a lot of my time. 6 weeks (8 pounds) 5 months (62 pounds) But the baseboards are in now I have now moved in all of the machines. Unfortunately, all of them have been shipped across the US and sat in storage for many months. So next step is to clean and tune each of the machines. Then it is on to ...

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