Workshop Ramblings #3: Time Well Spent in the "Toy Box"

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Blog entry by brianinpa posted 02-15-2009 11:14 PM 1549 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I woke up this morning and saw there was a new dusting of snow on the ground, so it appears winter is not giving up just yet. I flipped on the weather channel to see what the temperature was and saw 29 degree f. That wasn’t going to deter me from my plans. I started a fire in the fire place (the back side of the fire place and chimney are inside my garage/shop so the fire heats the house and the shop) so I could get rid of all the small scraps and cut-offs I had pilling up.

My shop and tools have been neglected for the past several weeks, so I wanted to spend some time fine tuning the adjustments on the DeWalt and blow the dust off of the surfaces of the rest of the tools. I also wanted to start the next project: a valet/charging station. I picked up some really nice wood (no idea what kind as of yet) from some pallets at work that looked too good to be used as a pallet and wanted to start working the wood to get rid of all the rough surfaces.

I wound up cleaning the shop and using all of my big tools except the scroll saw (which reminds me I need to get a new belt.) In the process I filled the trash can with wood shavings I had just made: I love the smell of saw dust in the morning, afternoon, and evening!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 03:13 AM

At least you dedicated a day to do PM. I usually think of it right in the middle of a project. Although, recently, I did use the excuse of needing a faster way to set my jointer blades, to buy a Magna-Set jig. So when it came I took the rest of the day to install a new set of knives in my jointer. I took the knives out of the planer and honed them and reset them (using the jig that came with the machine, not the Magna-Set). Blew the dust out of all of the other machinery in the shop, and lubed all of the appropriate places. Took a look at my saw blades and decided one of them would either have to be re-tipped or replaced. Seems in our throw away culture, it’s cheaper to buy a new Forrest blade than have it re-tipped, by about $20. So I guess I’ll get one on order shortly. I did decide to order some more shelving, since I have a trip to the lumber yard scheduled and will have a couple of projects worth stacked up. The current racks are full of the wrong flavor of lumber.
So, like you, I’m ready to start a new week with everything reset to peak performance. Guess the only thing left to do is clean the coffee pot.

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 03:29 AM

Tim the coffee pot is the most imporatant tool in my shop too.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 01:59 PM

Sounds like a great day.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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