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Blog series by clieb91 updated 03-01-2020 02:38 AM 33 parts 76897 reads 151 comments total

Part 1: Cabinet... Learning Experience

01-28-2008 03:55 AM by clieb91 | 13 comments »

Well here they are, my first attempt at cabinets. I decided I needed additional storage and organization in my shop. So I started building these a few months ago, in between other goings ons. They are primarily built out of scrap and I used the Kreg Jig to join them. I based them loosely off of an article in “Shop Notes” and a cabinetry book I bought a while ago. I say loosely as due to using the scrap wood (and it being my first attempt :) ) I made some changes, some of which I n...

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Part 2: A little Safer

02-07-2008 04:22 AM by clieb91 | 6 comments »

Ok, So a little while back I posted a question about air filters and building one. Since then thanks to some Christmas money and a clearance at HD I actually purchased a Rigid Air Filter. I finally got it mounted this past week after few modification to the mounting concept. It seems the prefab floor joist they used to build this house are not what people think of when they tell you to mount it using the floor joists. So I added a little insulation to the ceiling and strapped the unit up. It...

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Part 3: Woodworking Show Additions

03-19-2008 02:42 AM by clieb91 | 11 comments »

Well now that Verizon has stopped digging up my front yard and my cable modem is back online I can post this. This past weekend was the Chantilly, VA woodworking show. I was able to get some time on Friday and Saturday to head out there. On Friday I met up with Karson and Greg as noted here in Karon's Blog. On Saturday I again met up with Greg as well as his brother Adrian and their families. I was happy to meet everyone. Thanks for all the input on various tools and also some great ideas. ...

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Part 4: Budget friendly finds

03-22-2008 05:32 AM by clieb91 | 7 comments »

Ok, just a quick blurb here about a budget friendly find on some hardware. I stopped at Target to see if they had any coat hooks for the next rack I am working on for a friend and found a few that were on clearance in their Home Improvement section. I then started looking around that section more. I was able to find a multi-pack of brush nickel drawer handles and also drawer pulls for around $4 on clearance as well as misc other hardware for as low as $0.24. I have no immediate use for thi...

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Part 5: Starting Down that path, Lathe 1

03-30-2008 03:34 AM by clieb91 | 7 comments »

Good Evening All, I am now the proud owner of a lathe. Can not wait to be able to post some kind of project that I make on it. BUT, first I have some other fun to deal with, the lathe is a 1970’s 12” Craftsman that i purchased off of someone on Craigslist. I tested it all out and it worked fine, however it was mounted to a very heavy table and since I have a basement shop I decided to remove it from the table before trying to get it down stairs. For beeing mounted to the same piec...

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Part 6: A Bad & Good Week for the workshop

04-28-2008 03:29 AM by clieb91 | 4 comments »

Well last Sunday we received around 4” of rain in a 24 hour period half of which came overnight. I happened to want to get something out of my shop on Monday morning and opened the basement only to be hit with the smell of “wet basement”. I quickly looked around and found some puddles and seepage around the whole basement but not a lof standing water. After coming home from work early I was able to better assess the damage, it seems my sump pump switch failed and the narrow ...

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Part 7: More Water!!

05-21-2008 04:27 AM by clieb91 | 6 comments »

Ok, So two weeks ago I somehow managed to get a 4 day weekend. I decided to work on my garage (see my latest project posting. I was going along great from Thursday all the way until Sunday (Mother’s Day) We came home from being out for about 5 hours to find the basement had taken on 7” of water it actually crested while I was trying to come up with solutions at 8”. This room is my new office that I just had someone finish mudding and priming for me on that Thursday, ...

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Part 8: Ever changing, some recent additions

01-31-2009 05:55 AM by clieb91 | 1 comment »

Well like most people my shop is everchanging. I have added a few items in the past few months to make it easier to work around the shop. They are projects I suppose but I figured I would just post them here in blog form instead.Since I am going to try out posting this to my new FaceBook page, this is what the shop looked liked in September of 2007… I have added a lot, but that is another story. Recently I have added a multipurpose assembly table… This table has come in qui...

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Part 9: A New Addition!

10-12-2009 07:07 PM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Well I have been watching Craigslist almost daily in order to find a bandsaw. Last night I did and sent a message quick to the seller. Went to look at it this morning and bought it. At under $100 it looked to be in great shape and runs good. Older Sears/Craftsman model with tilting head. Has the fence and miter gauge as well as some nice casters and I was able to find the manual online for it. I plan to do a bit of tuning up on it in the next month or so and can hopefully put it to ...

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Part 10: Bandsaw works great!!

11-01-2009 03:11 AM by clieb91 | 4 comments »

So in my last blog I noted that I have added a bandsaw to my arsenal of tools. It was a great deal and needed a new blade and some quick cleaning up. Well I went and got a blade yesterday and cleaned up the saw and installed the new blade today. Then I just played around a bit. Here are the two projects I did in order to play around some and get familiar with the tool. I decided I would just post them here and not as an actual project, maybe I’ll have something by the end of the weekend...

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Part 11: Shop Quest 2010- It begins

01-12-2010 04:24 AM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Well I have began to undertake a major cleaning and reorganization of my shop. I have a number of goals that I want to accomplish in doing this, the main one is to fit my two newest additions (thanks to my wonderful wife and inlaws), I have a new Planer/Jointer and a dust collector that need space. So I have began with a few simple projects, my theory is they will help me whittle down my biggest project which is excess scrap wood I need to deal with. The first task was a finishing area as...

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Part 12: Shop Quest 2010- Space added (sort of)

01-29-2010 03:37 AM by clieb91 | 2 comments »

So to continue with the clean up of my shop I decided to add a whopping 18 sq ft. To do this i removed a set of storage shelves. The shelves were here when we bought the house and I have since located all of the holiday storage to a new closet under the basement steps. So I figured I can get away with other storage on just one huge set of shelves. The good news is the wood was in fairly decent shape. So I have a pile of wood to recyle into new projects for the shop. I hope to tackle a ...

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Part 13: ShopQuest 2010- Still going

09-24-2010 11:24 PM by clieb91 | 0 comments »

Hi All, Even though I have made very little progress to complete organization of my shop I am still working at it. I took the time today to clean up the shop in order to tackle two more projects for my office suite, still need the printer table and a side table to match everything. You can see the rest of the furniture in my blog and project. So after about 3 hours or so here is what my shop looks like ready to go: That large pile laying in the back of the shop is the wood that is ...

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Part 14: A quick jig

11-07-2010 12:32 AM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Did not think this quickie really qualified as a project, but decided to at least do this blog about it. I have been experimenting a lot lately with various toys and games. Just simple stuff got a number of older books with simple plans and ideas. Recently I made this truck.. Still needs a little work around the edges, but I like the way it turned out in general. The hole saw concept of making the wheels however was not appealing to me (may just be my hole saw), So I was thinking about...

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Part 15: ShopQuest 2012

01-29-2012 05:21 AM by clieb91 | 0 comments »

Ok So I know I have been referring to a ShopQuest for the past 2 years now. Well guess what I am finally doing it, with the time I spent in the shop this year thanks to my blog I decided I needed to move some things around. So most of the month of February is going to be dedicated to reorganizing and rearranging my shop. I even got an early start. I like the workbench I have (it was left behind by the previous owner) but the way I had it situated took up to much space. As did my previously...

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Part 16: ShopQuest 2012- Serious Progress Made

02-04-2012 04:19 AM by clieb91 | 7 comments »

but still more to go. Over the past few evenings and having the day today I was able to put another serious dent in the reorg of my shop. I have officially gotten everything moved around to about where I want it. The major push (and I mean it physically) was to get my lumber cart moved over to the wall that is just bare concrete and therefore not good for hanging anything. So here is what the back of the shop looked like last week. With a bit of pushing and some help from those little ...

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Part 17: ShopQuest 2012- Lost a week

02-16-2012 09:14 PM by clieb91 | 2 comments »

Well due to the fact that I somehow managed to pull my back out at work last week I did not get a lot done in the shop. Could barely make it down the steps most of the week. It is feeling better now and I decided to use some spare time to finish the rearranging in the shop. I managed to get some excess wood thrown out during the last two trash days and found a place for most of the rest of the wood that I had piled up in the alcove. Found my old scrap bin I had built a few years ago at...

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Part 18: Making the wife happier

04-20-2013 09:06 PM by clieb91 | 9 comments »

As most of you know it is usually a good thing to have a happy wife. Well I am just finishing up a few projects that are helping to make my wife a little happier. Some of you know I have a basement workshop, I keep some of my wood though upstairs in the garage (same place my wife parks everyday). Well the wood was getting a bit out of hand. Note my sheet goods on the far right side. One of my drying piles. So a few weeks ago I tackled the sheet goods side. I got rid of a few ...

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Part 19: Shopquest 2014- Big Changes Planned

01-05-2014 11:48 PM by clieb91 | 4 comments »

Well it is that time of year again.. Time to make the best laid plans. This is what the shop looked like this morning… the good news is it looks different now… I know but a big change. I broke down my temporary table and cleaned off my table saw. Which mostly had the stuff I bought at yesterday’s Woodworking Show, The great news there is not only did I put almost everything away that I bought but I also made a change to my table saw. I had been using a bag underneat...

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Part 20: ShopQuest 2014- Wood Rack

01-07-2014 03:21 AM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

So as I mentioned in my previous ShopQuest blog I have a number of changes I want to make to the shop and the office as well. I have 3 pieces of Dimensional Furniture left to build for the office. One way I am planning to deal with a shop issue and this at the same time is to use up as much wood as I can from my wood rack. Now I know a few of you have much larger wood racks then that but considering I am in a 1/4 of a basement, I have decided it is just too big. My plan is to go throug...

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Part 21: ShopQuest 2014 Making Progress!!

01-13-2014 12:50 AM by clieb91 | 1 comment »

January 5th January 12th So a portion of that wood went into 2 of the 3 office projects that I recently posted. another portion has been sorted out and put in hopefully better more organized spaces. This pic shows wood that literally came with my house. Which means it has been in the rafter for a minimum of 10 years. I pulled all the trim pieces down from around the vent and found 4 pieces of oak that will make a nice picture frame. The rest was pretty much trash. I then use...

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Part 22: ShopQuest 2014- Lathe Set UP!!

01-17-2014 09:55 PM by clieb91 | 6 comments »

Hey all, I am happy to report that a big part of ShopQuest 2014 has been completed. My new lathe is on a stand and all set up to try out. It was built using left over 2×4s and a new 2×12 board. Seems pretty sturdy so far and considering I am not planning on throwing a massive chunk of anything on it I think it will work well. I am planning to hopefully turn something this evening. Have to take a look to see what I have that is prepped to go. Otherwise it will be a few days. T...

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Part 23: ShopQuest 2014- Sharpening

02-01-2014 03:26 AM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Since I got the new lathe set up my sharpening system that resided at the end of my old lathe needed a new home. The current stand being table top was a bit too short to use properly. I decided the best bet was a quick and simple stand. Built out of some left over 2×4s. So a few hours later and we are good to go. I have some new tools coming in and I am looking forward to getting use out of them. I do plan to doa little more with my sharpening jig this year and ge...

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Part 24: ShopQuest 2014- Wood Rack Revisited

02-09-2014 04:45 PM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

So as I mentioned in my earlier blogs for this year’s ShopQuest I wanted to get rid of my wood rack. I decided that was going to take a major effort and instead to do a little better allocation of space on it and see how it works this year. I spent a weekend cleaning it up and finding space for some of the wood and getting rid of some of it as well. I am not a fan of throwing out wood but some of it just was not going to be useful at all. I narrowed it down a little further and used pie...

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Part 25: ShopQuest 2014- I found my Workbench!

02-16-2014 07:53 PM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Here you can see my workbench on the right side, this is what it looked like after I got the Lathe off and on its stand. Some items were shuffled but it generally was full of lots of stuff. I took some time yesterday and this morning to do some cleaning and organizing. Much better :) I also worked a bit on my Lathe area as I need to get that straightened out with the new lathe there. Cleared off all of the shelves and actually figured out what all was on them. They loo...

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Part 26: ShopQuest 2014- got around to it.

03-05-2014 02:57 AM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

For quite awhile now this is how my pliers have been stored above my workbench… Since I was puttering around the shop today with yet another snow day. I finally took a few minutes to make a rack. I used some games that did not turn out for one reason or another as sides and a piece of scrap 2×4 that was once a shelf in my shop. Nothing very exciting I know… however as I continue to think about it I think this space is going to become a bigger area for a future S...

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Part 27: Table Saw Saw Mill

03-09-2014 06:58 PM by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Well as my journey of processing wood for use in turning continues. I have been looking for a way to cut my own stuff using the bandsaw I have. it mostly works well enough but is not great at resawing. I came across Izzy Swan great channel on YouTube. I really liked the idea of using my table saw to mill logs, so I decided to tackle the project. The video for this can be found here. After completing the build. I grabbed a piece of holly I have had around for a bit. Cut it to len...

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Part 28: Finishing Rack

03-29-2014 12:12 PM by clieb91 | 3 comments »

Been working on a number of bottle openers and decided to try a lacquer finish on them as it should hold up a bit better. Problem was how to apply the finish on a round thing. Here is the simple solution I came up with. Basic piece of scrap wood (actually game that did not work out) 3/8” bolts and nuts. It worked worked well. I have 5 new bottle openers already dried with lacquer and the epoxy is now curing on them. Looking forward to delivering these to the gift shop ...

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Part 29: New Bandsaw Stand

06-27-2014 08:44 PM by clieb91 | 2 comments »

I bought my old Craftsman bandsaw off of Craigslist a sometime ago and it came with a metal stand with some nice retractable wheels. You see it here in an old shop picture. It has done a great job but I was constantly tightening the screws holding it on the stand and when I moved it into place next to my new lathe I soon was tripping over the splayed legs or killing my ankle on the wheel locks. So I finally took some time to get a new stand built for it. the best part is that I...

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Part 30: Shopquest 2017!

01-01-2017 01:52 PM by clieb91 | 2 comments »

A new year has once again dawned on us. So once again it is time to venture into the shop and do a little winter cleaning and prepare for yet another year of projects and experiments. Portable Pastimes (my home based craft business) continues to grow and I look forward to the possible introduction of new products over the course of the year. However before that can happen I have to make room in the shop for my newest addition.. I have upgraded my bandsaw frm the old Craigslist 12...

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Part 31: Shopquest 2017! Part 2

01-02-2017 07:16 PM by clieb91 | 0 comments »

So just a few days into the year and happy that I got a whole morning to work on cleaning up the shop. I got up a huge amount of the floor dust and was able to clean off all of the tools and reset them. Got three boxes full of scrap wood that I will be packing up to take to work for burning. I once again talked myself out of dismantling my large multi-tool table. I did though make a few quick modifications to it and my shop vac so the vac now rests on the bottom of the table. ...

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Part 32: Shopquest 2017! New Saw Up!

02-05-2017 08:58 PM by clieb91 | 2 comments »

Ok, So it has taken me a few weeks to get the saw from my garage to the shop. But I with help from the wife got it into the basement yesterday and I completed assembly and set up this morning. Set up was generally easy, even had some help from my daughter. Had to run out to get a blade this morning as I had not gotten one yet, and again this afternoon as my dust connector I had did not fit the duct port on the saw. Why is it that 4” is different on every tool? Quick fix though an...

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Part 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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