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Blog series by sansoo22 updated 06-13-2020 11:47 PM 8 parts 5937 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: The journey begins and it starts with the garage door

12-20-2019 07:03 PM by sansoo22 | 2 comments »

I’ve mentioned in the forums before that I recently bought an untouched 1965 ranch home in late July this year. The original plan was to gut the entire garage, rewire it, and set it up for for a proper wood shop. I was waiting for a rental condo I had to sell in order to have budget for the shop build. Well in that few month wait period my company announced it was working on a merger…and by merger I mean we are being bought out. So the condo sale closed just before Thanksgivin...

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Part 2: More insulating

12-27-2019 04:12 PM by sansoo22 | 5 comments »

I think I’m done with all the cheap insulation projects I can do for this space. Door is completely done with new seal, new threshold, and friction fit panels for the windows. I even made some insulated shop shutters out of scrap ply and left over 1/2 in r-max foam. Here is the friction fit panels. They have to be popped out to use the door which is a pain but they make a big difference in cutting down thermal transfer thru the single pane glass. An outside shot of the new U+O ...

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Part 3: Toolbox organizer

12-28-2019 11:54 PM by sansoo22 | 2 comments »

My big toolbox or tool chest…whatever you call them…right inside the shop door kept getting the top compartment full of crap. Everything just seemed to gravitate to it so today I set out to solve that problem. This isn’t going to be a very lengthy write up because I didn’t take that many pics as I was building this thing. I didn’t really have a plan when I started other than it needed to hold my dual charger, 4 cordless drills/drivers, my odds and ends cases...

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Part 4: More organization

01-03-2020 03:53 AM by sansoo22 | 6 comments »

Some of these have been done for a while and others just done over the holidays. Figured I’d post everything all at once. Lets start with the peg board over the all purpose workbench. I don’t like having my table saw accessories over here but I’m still in the planning phase for my assembly/outfeed table so this is the best place I have for now. Yes I know this bench is a disaster. It always is…the hand tool bench stays clean so this one has to balance the univer...

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Part 5: Weekend Tech Update

01-05-2020 03:29 PM by sansoo22 | 5 comments »

This weekend I set out a task to update some of the aging tech in the shop. I had been using an old Lenovo laptop that was stored in the top of a tool chest. At one point it was hooked to a 32” TV but it had bad resolution and terrible sound. So i hit up FB marketplace for a used Samsung 42” 1080p display and decided to build an enclosure for an Lenovo ThinkCenter I had in the bone yard. The goal was to fit the PC, some fans for intake/exhaust, a google mini, and do as clean...

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Part 6: New Table Saw!!!

05-25-2020 04:57 PM by sansoo22 | 10 comments »

Don’t get too excited by the exclamation points on the title as the new table saw is just a Delta 36-725T2. By this point in time I was supposed to have new 200 amp service and a sub panel in the shop all wired up for a “real” saw. But as much as I like to make plans other things tend to pee all over my parade. For example a couple foundation repairs costing in the $15k range. I figured a solid, well draining, foundation is more important than a fancy shop right now. ...

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Part 7: Sometimes its the little things that make a big difference

06-05-2020 04:27 AM by sansoo22 | 0 comments »

Tonight I was sanding down some plane handles using up some of the disks from the ROS that weren’t trashed but not good enough for a big project. I have a shelf on my finishing supply rack I always toss these on. And no matter how many times I tell myself to get ALL the grits I need to finish the handles I ALWAYS get one at a time and walk from the bench to the supply rack. Here is the mess I sort through and why I wanted to solve it. I’m not super stingy with sand paper l...

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Part 8: Shop lights and band saw fences

06-13-2020 11:47 PM by sansoo22 | 2 comments »

Finally got time to stringing a bunch of new LED lights in the shop. Don’t know why I didn’t do this when I moved in last August. Probably because it was a disaster until I got settled in the house, then winter came so i focused on insulation, and then COVID hit and I felt like shop improvements weren’t exactly essential. Believe it or not this is how I used to work. I feel like its pretty early 1900s vibe in there with that lighting. And this is what it looks like ...

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