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Blog series by scottb updated 06-06-2012 02:48 AM 8 parts 31230 reads 69 comments total

Part 1: New Year, "new" shop

12-31-2007 04:46 PM by scottb | 10 comments »

So, I brought my new lathe home – my belated birthday present!... but being a week before Christmas it was foolish of me to think I’d get any “quality time” with it, let alone down any time in the shop. (Disaster is putting it mildly). Fortunately, I have this week off, so I built a bench for it (and by built, I mean chop down and repurpose the last remaining bits of my original workbench) and set about making a space for it. BUT, (yes, that’s a big but), to d...

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Part 2: making good on resolutions

02-14-2008 02:49 AM by scottb | 11 comments »

One of the things that was delaying my (failed) 2x4 project was a promise to myself that I would get the shop clean and in working order (or at least organized) before I started any new projects. Since I work out of two toolboxes I tend to at least know where most of my tools are (up in the car), for the house/shop tools are usually much harder to find. The problem, apart from the entire basement looking much like this table: Lots of random things without a home, but even more so &#...

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Part 3: strip tease

02-14-2008 07:06 AM by scottb | 8 comments »

Almost 5 years back, my wife and I figured out how we’d like to remodel our bedroom. (we had chosen the smaller bedroom, closest to the bathroom, via an adjoining room. Leaving the larger bedroom for the office, company, and eventually, children. Our parents all said we should take the larger room, but with my wife’s handicap (and not wearing her lower leg braces at night) – a shorter “commute” is better. Besides, if you shut the door to the adjoining room, It...

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Part 4: A first - a "Daddy Day" in the shop!

02-16-2008 07:20 AM by scottb | 11 comments »

My little one (5) was excited to work on a project or two with me for her room. I was hoping to keep her entertained enough to draw or something, while I spent some time, hopefully, finishing the stripping job on her closet door. (I spent a few hours on that yesterday, got more done in the first 1/2 hour than the following 2.5, but that’s another blog.) When the room was ours (and I’ll have to search far and wide for a real before picture), the entrance way was a little tun...

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Part 5: jigs jigs jigs

03-20-2008 02:48 AM by scottb | 12 comments »

This morning I finally got around to making a sled for my tablesaw. Thanks Niki! great plans. easier to follow than the 2 or 3 others I’d been eyeing, but never got around to making. I expected this to take all morning – and despite spending a LOT of time trying to get a perfect fit with the runners everything went together quite well. I even added a box (half of a hexagonal column wrap) on the back as an added safety measure. Never mind the arrow I drew on, that was a remi...

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Part 6: moving on up

05-31-2010 04:08 AM by scottb | 5 comments »

I’ve been long in need of a decent drill press. Trying to get a bench top model with decent quill travel – for drilling out pen blanks, without getting another cheap one to replace the VERY cheap one I have. I don’t think I need, or want something so large as a floor model. The capacity seems great, horsepower certainly outstrips the rubberband motor on the $30 POS I bought online (before I knew better). But we’re in a rental, and I shouldn’t bolt anything to the...

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Part 7: Clearing the air

07-27-2010 04:59 AM by scottb | 10 comments »

My grandfather had been holding onto some hand-me-down tools and equipment until I was ready for it. (read – had the space for it, as in moved out of that basement I started serious woodworking in). And finally, after walking around it since Fathers’ Day. This weekend I finally got around to ceiling mounting this puppy! As I was building the cage for it – 2×4 and some offcuts of oak treads. it occured to me to make use of the space on the sides…. As I ha...

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Part 8: Setting up shop, again.

06-06-2012 02:48 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

3rd shop in under 3 years, and the space just keeps getting better! At least potentially. (Yeah, the quick move has left things in a bit of a state.) My first shop started from scratch. Evolving on its own in the basement with lots of obstacles, not the least of which being a mere six feet of headroom. But it saw lots of growth and changes over time. A couple years back I moved above ground, and got way more headroom in the garage when we moved. Granted I had to share space with ...

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