handsawgeek's Lathe Stand: A Hand Tool Build For a Tailed Appliance #9: Thanksgiving Holiday Progress

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 12-01-2014 03:46 PM 1937 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last week, I took some much needed vacation days from work, so I was able to enjoy a substantial amount of shop time.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I don’t usually like to have more than one project going at one time, but an exception was made this week, given the fact that a lot of time was made available.

First, the lathe stand:
The four pedestal supports were sawn to rough size, and two of them were shaped to final dimension, squared up, and finish planed.

Much of the future work remaining on this project will be done sporadically, as it requires fitting and assembling parts to the main frame, which now resides in the very cold garage.

The ‘geek’ will be spending most of his time this winter in the warm basement annex HTOZ, thank you!

A couple of other projects worked on over the week include:

Tool Cabinet

The side pieces were actually fashioned about a year ago, including the hand-cut box joints, but this project was put on hold due to wholesale shop re-organization, and other projects taking the fore.

This last week, I was able to trim and fit the joints, and get the whole thing glued up.

It was a nice break from hacking away at the lathe stand 2-by material.

Next step is to make the front swinging door section.

Drafting Table.

I’ve had this old drafting board banging about the shop for several years, so I finally had an opportunity to build the adjustable support for it and put the darn thing in use.

The handsawgeek does not use a PC to draw up woodworking plans.
It’s old school all the way, baby!

Disclaimer: This is a rare occasion where plastic items were allowed into the HTOZ. Just long enough to set up for the photo on the workbench.

Tool Tote

Finished up the removable tool tray for the tote I described a couple of blog entries back.

Christmas Gifts

Made some substantial progress on some toys for the grand-kiddos for Christmas. This will be covered in a future post when all is completed.

In addition, I did the usual ‘just hanging around in the shop’ kind of stuff; cleaning up, re-arranging, sorting through stock, etc.

One evening I ventured into the basement on an errand for Mrs. handsawgeek, and found that I had left the task lights on over the workbenches after that day’s work session.

This is the sight that met my eyes in the darkened basement. Just had to take a pic.

Thanks for looking!

-- Ed

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 04:03 PM

It’s a good feeling whittling away at the numerous projects started, isn’t it? Everything looks good. I’m glad you have the basement to work in. Better than trying to heat the garage.

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Lynn Bradford.

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 04:21 PM

PencilCAD works for me too!

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 04:24 PM

PencilCAD works for me too!

- WodDawg

For many of us, even old computer geeks like me. :)

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