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Blog series by builtinbkyn updated 04-22-2016 11:23 PM 12 parts 44395 reads 152 comments total

Part 1: New Shop in the Raw

11-01-2015 07:25 PM by builtinbkyn | 29 comments »

Hello folks. Been frequenting LJ for a while, looking for answers to questions, inspiration and to view the many interesting and truly craft worthy and artistic projects posted here. I’m somewhat retired from the construction industry – trained architect turned developer. I’ve run large scale projects on the Empire State Building to small development projects. However I’m mostly a frustrated woodworker at heart. My first attempt ever, at woodworking was back in ...

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Part 2: Continuing Build of Miter Saw Station

11-22-2015 04:09 AM by builtinbkyn | 15 comments »

Whew! Finally figured out this whole blog series thing :O Yesterday and today was all about building the casework for the miter saw station. Realizing that the floor is less than even across it’s surface, not level from side to side and the casework is almost 10’ long, I decided to make the assembly in three parts. This will allow me to use leveling feet on each cabinet to compensate for the unevenness of the floor across the length of the whole assembly. I’ll first ...

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Part 3: Much Needed Clamp Rack

11-28-2015 11:19 PM by builtinbkyn | 3 comments »

Today I took a break from working on the miter saw station. Only had a few hours to spend in the shop so I decided to knock out as much as I could on a wall-mounted clamp rack. My clamps have been residing on the lumber cart I built, but that does me no good when needing the cart to move in new sheet goods and lumber from my truck in the loading dock to the shop. So after viewing a few renditions done here on LJs, I had at it. It’s a quick and dirty solution, but it should serve t...

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Part 4: State of the Shop

12-07-2015 01:36 AM by builtinbkyn | 5 comments »

Ha! The state is a little better organized, a little cleaner and I’m a little more sane again. In preparation for the Unisaw delivery this week, it was a good idea to better organize things and get some of the boxes and tools out of the main part of the shop and into my future napping room for temporary storage. So I spent an hour or so, moving, sorting and sweeping. Felt much better about everything after doing so. It was getting a little sloppy as I’ve only been able to s...

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Part 5: "Uni" = One - a very heavy one

12-12-2015 02:55 AM by builtinbkyn | 14 comments »

After considering asking some friends to come help me move the Unisaw and drop it from the furniture cart to the floor, which was a total of five inches, I decided to take this task on myself. I have no doubt they would have had no issue in doing so, but I figured I’d save everyone involved the risks of crushed toes, fingers and the possibility of a hernia. The saw cabinet and top probably weigh in at about 525lbs or so. Besides it’s close to the holiday and I’m sure they...

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Part 6: State of the Shop Part 2

01-01-2016 05:01 PM by builtinbkyn | 10 comments »

Yesterday, New Years Eve day, I had a few hours to spend in the shop to finish up some stuff and organize for the beginning of the new year. It’s been difficult getting all the time in the shop I’d like with the holidays here and having two very elderly parents who now have a lot of need of assistance, but it’s all good as long as they’re still here. I finally completed the miter saw station to the point where it’s fully functioning with the fence system, all...

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Part 7: Unisaw Outfeed Table

01-09-2016 01:59 AM by builtinbkyn | 10 comments »

Started this a few days ago, but haven’t had much opportunity to be in the shop to get it finished. I ran into an issue of my own making. I saw it coming, but thought “Ah maybe it won’t happen.” I used a piece of 3/4” AC for the bottom of the torsion box. It was a little warped but thought it would get pulled back when it was glued and screwed to the MDF that already had the center cells glued to it. Figured the 3/4” MDF with the grid was pretty rigi...

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Part 8: Making a Functional Workbench

01-18-2016 06:33 PM by builtinbkyn | 41 comments »

One of my goals in renting the space for a shop is to build all of my shop fixtures in anticipation of moving them to my own permanent shop in a future home where I’ll have the dedicated space for one. I cannot make a move now as my folks are elderly and in need assistance at this point. However, renting the space for this shop has offered me some time away from the stresses that unfortunately accompany the aforementioned. I come here and tune out other issues until I return home. R...

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Part 9: Hand Tool Storage/Sharpening Station

03-06-2016 10:02 PM by builtinbkyn | 23 comments »

With the workbench complete, it’s time to make some kind of storage system for the hand tools I’ll be using on the bench. I’ve amassed a small collection of older Stanley planes, a couple of LN block planes, a few chisels of different varieties and various other tools that I’d like to have readily accessible from the bench. I’ve chosen to make a stand that will sit next to the bench. The design is still not solidified, but I did start on the section dedicated ...

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Part 10: State of the Shop Part 3

04-14-2016 08:09 PM by builtinbkyn | 2 comments »

I wasn’t getting much shop time over the last few weeks due to my Dad’s health and issues. He’s somewhat better and holding his own thankfully, so I’ve had some time this week to get back here and work on a few little projects. I’ve been wanting to install the Wynn filter I bought for the DC and make a cyclone of sorts, so that’s just what I did. I had a 15g fiber drum hanging around and some Dustrite fittings I purchased for this, so that’s what...

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Part 11: Good Day in the Shop

04-21-2016 08:07 PM by builtinbkyn | 0 comments »

Most of them are, but it’s such a nice day here, it felt better. Put a few coats of spray-on Minwax fast drying poly on the prototype step stool while it was still unassembled and then went and grabbed some lunch at a nearby foodie place. There’s quite a few in the area you wouldn’t even know they exist if you weren’t looking. Kind of makes you think they’re trying to keep them a secret for just the young hipsters that occupy many of the artsy community shops ...

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Part 12: Second Step Stool Started

04-22-2016 11:23 PM by builtinbkyn | 0 comments »

Today I broke down and clean up some of the cherry I purchased for Christine’s step stool. After seeing the Shaker stool posted here the other day, she said “I like that one”. So that’s what it will be. No arguments here. If she’s happy the world is a great place ;) I’m going to try and do as much of this with just hand tools, as I can. I certainly made a lot of curly shavings getting things squared up. However, I think my hand planing skills stil...

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