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Quarantine projects

by mramseyISU
posted 04-01-2020 02:07 PM


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controlfreak

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#1 posted 04-01-2020 03:03 PM

I think that since I have run power to my shop this winter and installed an electric heater it is now time to install air conditioning. But first I need to move the scrap wood pile which means I need to build a scrap bin. That allows me to install more french cleat plywood panels. With more wall space I will make more french cleat shelf supports, tool racks and storage. All that will free up space for the air conditioner. Hey, one day I will get to make a non-shop project maybe.

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JCamp

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#2 posted 04-01-2020 03:20 PM

Well I’ve been busier that I’d like but so far so good. Working from home now so still doing 8+ hours a day. Did have to go into the office tho for 24hours over the weekend so yay for straight pay OT. Other than that I built a cross for my MIL for a craft she was wanting to do. It turned out well

Then I decided before it got warm and the snakes got to lively I wanted to clean out under my house. It was built in the 70s. Added on to multiple times and I swear no one ever cleaned out ANYTHING from under the place. So I spent 3 hours under there with a rake. My dad came over and stayed outside and we filled up at least 10 tractor buckets full of junk (old pipes, block, wood, brick, insulation, siding and even a snake skin). And as luck would have it I broke two water lines while I was down there so I spent a couple more hours fixing those ( did I mention I’m not a plumber). By the end of that day my knees would shot since I didn’t have any knee pads
And then Murphy moved in. My ac system had a Freon leak so I had a repair guy come and found the leak, recharged the whole system cause it was completely empty ($300 for the Freon alone) then we cranked the heat pump back on and a fitting blew and emptied the system again. At this point the heat pump is 15 years old and furnace is 29 so I told him to get me a whole new system.

I did make some floating shelves for my wife to go in our kitchen that turned out nice tho

And that’s been my last few weeks

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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BlasterStumps

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#3 posted 04-01-2020 04:52 PM

I just finished a small three drawer cabinet to sit under my drill press. I didn’t want to go buy materials to build it so I just repurposed some that I had. It works for what I needed.

I also got out a stereo that I have held onto for a while now. It works well so I need to figure out where it can go that will be out of the way in my little shop.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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rustfever

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#4 posted 04-01-2020 05:37 PM

Building some small part boxes for some special tools out of Fiddle-Back Western Maple. They are looking great. Also a bit of organizing and a few hours of lathe work.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Walker

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#5 posted 04-01-2020 06:16 PM

I’ve been working on a mobile kitchen cart as a wedding present for a friend. I had until September, but being out of work I finished it way ahead of schedule. Well, it’s not quite done, I still need to build a end-grain maple cutting board for the top, but I need lumber and the good lumber store is closed for the time being. Now I need to find something to do with the scraps I have to keep me entertained.

-- ~Walker

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 04-01-2020 07:00 PM

I’ve been toying with the ideas of maybe becoming as very small time beekeeper. It it’s too late to get bees this year but thought I’d build me a hive to pass some time. All the materials are repurposed cedar deck board from my old deck.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Walker

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#7 posted 04-08-2020 02:18 AM

If necessity is the mother of invention, then boredom is it’s weird uncle.

I’m trying to do projects with materials I have on hand, but that means being a little bit inventive. This isn’t quite finished yet, but I wanted to share here. This might be genius, it might be simple buffoonery, either way I blame the governor for making me stay inside.

-- ~Walker

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Woodmaster1

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#8 posted 04-08-2020 03:17 AM

I rearranged and organized the shop. I made swap items, redoing a couple of cabinets to take of an issue not foreseen until the cabinets were installed. I need to move the refrigerator away from the wall and put it between cabinets so the door can be opened all the way. Shopping for essentials I alway try to be there at opening. Today went to Home Depot at six to buy furnace filters, went to the local grocery store at 7:00 when it opened and the last stop was Costco at 8:00. It’s nice to be there when they open everything is clean and hardly anyone is there. I am now done shopping for at least two weeks.

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Jeff

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#9 posted 04-08-2020 03:36 AM

Well I have been using my model 2000 auto digger (shovel) to move piles of dirt from our septic upgrade. Just finished making a couple of spoon racks for Mom.

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 04-08-2020 05:00 AM

Huh, thought I was retired. Helping with staffing at 2 different critical care Nursing homes. Fun…. So far we have a LOT of folks who are prime for this, and no takers. Staff people scared they would catch it, stopped coming in to work though. The good thing is we are now closed to new faces for the duration, and no visitors. Been years since I did hands on care, kinda different.

Not woodworking, but in between I helped my electrician buddy put in a 22kw whole house generator. It was something we talked about through the years, and just never did. Last Sunday it did it’s first weekly run test.

Hope to get back to the shop later in the week when I have a few days off.

-- Think safe, be safe

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mramseyISU

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#11 posted 04-08-2020 01:18 PM



I rearranged and organized the shop. I made swap items, redoing a couple of cabinets to take of an issue not foreseen until the cabinets were installed. I need to move the refrigerator away from the wall and put it between cabinets so the door can be opened all the way. Shopping for essentials I alway try to be there at opening. Today went to Home Depot at six to buy furnace filters, went to the local grocery store at 7:00 when it opened and the last stop was Costco at 8:00. It s nice to be there when they open everything is clean and hardly anyone is there. I am now done shopping for at least two weeks.

- Woodmaster1

I’ve been doing the same thing on Sunday mornings. I head out as soon as the places open and get in and out before anybody else shows up. I’ve been one of 5 or 6 people in the store every time.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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mramseyISU

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#12 posted 04-08-2020 01:23 PM

Ok so a chair update from me. I’ve got all the pieces cut out except for the final curve on the chair back and every thing except for the back slats are cut to final size.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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mramseyISU

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#13 posted 04-13-2020 01:18 PM

Finished the both chairs just in time for the downpour changing over to snow but they turned out great.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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mramseyISU

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#14 posted 04-13-2020 01:50 PM

As I was cleaning up my shop from the chair project I dropped my old mallet and split the handle. So that got me started on the next project, a new fancy mallet. I had a little piece of purple heart in the scrap bin leftover from something but it wasn’t big enough for much but I figured I could laminate a mallet head out of it.

I decided to do this mostly with hand tools, at least the joinery so here are all the tools I used ready to go.

I laid out the joint where the handle would go.

Then I removed the waste starting with a knife wall and ramp carved with a chisel to guide the saw. Once I sawed the cheeks I removed the waste with a router plane. Just as a side note that router plane is hands down my favorite tool in the shop. I use it on almost every project I make. I never trust that my dadoes or rabbits are the right depth over the length of my cut so I always touch them up with it and it never fails I find a high spot or two.

Checking the fit it appears I had a little clean-up to do so both sides matched up. Once that was done I cut the dovetail on my handle but didn’t take any pictures of that. I made the cut with my carcase saw and cleaned it up with a block plane and chisel.

Got it in the clamps and the glue is drying. I’m going to cross pin it with some maple dowels to match the handle so I ordered that last night. FYI McMaster had dirt cheap dowel rod in several species. It was about 1/3 the cost of ordering it from Rockler or Woodcraft. The closest source I have for anything other than popular dowels is a 2 hour round trip so I’m money ahead ordering it from McMaster.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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Axis39

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#15 posted 04-13-2020 01:59 PM

My oldest daughter wanted a box for her tarot cards…

So, I carved Jasmine’s for my Jasmine:

For me, I built a radius jig attachment for my little Ridgid cordless trim router

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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mramseyISU

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#16 posted 04-16-2020 03:06 PM

Finished my mallet last night.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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Andre

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#17 posted 04-16-2020 03:29 PM

I bought a load of pipe dunnage as firewood but when I started to cut it up decided to salvage some of the straighter pieces, so had to build a quick sawhorse(Oak) to save my back then decided that my Lathe Bench needed an upgrade!
Still have a lot of shorter pieces of Oak a even some Maple to use up:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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pontic

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#18 posted 04-16-2020 03:34 PM

Had the time to finish it.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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987Ron

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#19 posted 04-16-2020 06:13 PM

Went through drawers finding tools I forgot I had and parts of things that I cannot remember what they are for. Sorted it out, labeled a few, etc. Discovered a few brass rings that screw or hinge together for turning projects, a pretty nice bottle stopper etc.
Got busy using them up mainly to get rid of them.
Finished a tray that I started when I did a spice box The inlay was done before the spice box as a test of some of the methods I used for the inlay. Cut it to size and added the trim.
Wish I could remember why I have some of the things I keep finding. Moved into this shop only 12 years ago. Oh well, at my age one is suppose to be forgetful.
Then the vacuum acted up and I found the bag inside had broken open and dust, dirt yuck everywhere.
Things are a bit neater and am thinking what is the next real project. Hmmmm

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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KevinH

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#20 posted 04-29-2020 06:06 PM

This is a work in progress. This weekend I started building raised beds for my wife’s vegetable garden. For several years she has been using some small grow boxes and this year she wanted to expand.
My neighbor was using equipment to dig a trench for laying a French drain across both our properties. We’ve had a chronic rainwater drainage problem for as long as we’ve lived here. He helped me level this spot. Then I built it up with gravel to set the beds on.
We’re expecting rain for the next couple of days or so. I can’t wait to fill the boxes with soil and then put a fence and gate around it to keep hungry critters out.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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BlasterStumps

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#21 posted 04-30-2020 12:20 AM

Got a little more done on the deck for the new shop in last two days. Also had a crew of two come lay some block. And I got some material for my cabinets inside but didn’t get going on them just yet. Should be able to start on face frames tomorrow. We just lost our 13 year old Cairn Terrior Monday so the week has been a right bugger so far. Hard to get going on anything right now. : (

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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DaveM123

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#22 posted 05-03-2020 08:20 PM

I started with a general cleaning of my shop and waxing the beds on the cabinet saw, bandsaw, my wife’s scrollsaw etc. Put a riser block on my bandsaw and noticed I could change my bandsaw from 110 to 220 so did that. Then made an outfeed table for my cabinet saw. Decided to get rid of a plastic shelve unit and finally made some clamp racks. No shelve unit no shelves… so ended up putting in 4 shelves and making a rolling cart that I can keep my hand power tools and nailers in. I noticed I was making a lot of dust that my old 1HP woodworkers Choice dust collector really couldn’t keep up with so I got a Grizzly 0548ZP 2 HP with the cannister. Changed out all of the 2 1/2 inch plastic piping to 4 inch PVC and grounded it.

-- Dave

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mramseyISU

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#23 posted 05-04-2020 12:59 PM

Got another one off the list. We bought a Traeger with our stimulus money and discovered homemade pizzas on it will change your life. The problem is they are a royal pain in the backside to get off the grill. So problem solved.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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