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Location: Grants Pass, OR

Over the road truck driver/ owner-operator.
I am a general fix-it guy, I love to take it apart and fix it. I also am an upholsterer (which are usually notorious wood butchers!!). I've always wanted to build furniture and cabinets, sheds, you name it. I just have very limited time at home.

I work out of a 20X20 two car garage that has all my tools and half the world's collective junk in it (a situation I am remedying). So far my tools list is strong ong hand tools, but growing in power. I'm considering a Smithy Supershop. I tend to not be a tool snob, I do shop at Harbor Freight sometimes and have really not had a problem with their stuff other than their air tools, which seem to be a crap shoot whether they will work or not. I own a lot of Craftsman stuff.
I've never taken wood shop, so I learn by watching (Youtube is great!) and reading.
I'm planning on remodeling the sleeper in my truck soon, as the factory cabinets suck. Plastic and poorly designed. My plans are for a wood floor, a solid panel partition separating the cab from the living quarters,revamped closet and fridge/microwave cabinet.I've got a mere 6ftX8ft to utilize, so it must be similar to a sail boat, using every bit of space effectively. whew!!!

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 04:51 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 05:49 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 07:23 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 06:39 AM

Well, a lot has happened since my last post. I’m no longer an OTR trucker! I finally had my fill of it (after 25 years, the last 12 as an owner-operator). I decided life was somewhere outside of the windshield, and I needed to get out there. I had been the equivalent of a goldfish in a bowl. So, I sold the truck, sold the trailer.
And bought…..
A kettle corn machine!!
Yup, I’ve lost ALL my marbles!
But… my business is slowly building, I have a great product, and I’m actually ENJOYING life!!
The downside is, I had to give up part of my workshop to house my kettle corn stuff.
So, my priorities have shifted. Money is tighter, but I’m resourceful. Here’s an overview of the new Plan.
My business is a pirate-theme, so anything piratical is on the menu. I’ve been operating from a 10×10 popup canopy, about 100sf. It’s quite labor intensive for one man to set up, so first up is a trailer. A flat bed type is what I’ve selected about 7×16. Lots of air flow. The kettle uses a 44,000BTU burner, so an enclosed trailer would be a sweatbox. Plus, there’s a visual side to it. Stirring a 80qt pot of popping corn and dodging the ‘rockets’ mesmerizes people. And, the smell of fresh hot kettle corn (in various flavors) is a selling point. So, a flatbed.
To start, I’ll just erect some side boards, bolt the kettle and work tables in, and use my existing canopy to work under. Gets me going, and some cash flow.
But… later on….
Having followed Steve Ramsey at WWMM, I came up with an evil plan. Using…. pallets.
The plan is to use pallets to build a mini pirate ship on the flat bed trailer. Complete with a ‘step mast’ that will when in the down position provide support for a travel cover of the ship, and when upright will give the ship a mast and rigging for using the travel cover for a shade canopy. The ship’s bulwarks (sides) will only be about 39” tall, the stern will convert to a ramp for unloading the kettle and wares in case I book an event where the trailer can’t be used. A lemon squeezer setup for fresh lemonade and orangeade will be incorporated as well.
I’ve been trying to learn Sketchup, with moderate success. I don’t want the bulwarks to be simply straight, but somewhat rounded like a true ship o’ the line. I think laminated plywood for the ribs will do fine, cut on the bandsaw. The pallet wood will give the whole thing a weathered look. I’m planning on doing a carvel or lapstrake method for the hull.
So far, I’m still looking at trailers. And Sketching Up the plans.
Add into the mix that I need a camper for those 3 day events.
So, I’m thinking a slide-in type carvel camper shell. This may come first, before the pirate ship. I’m too cranky and old to tent camp much longer!

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