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Well here it is, my itty bitty shop, 220sqft of sawdust in the air, shaving on the floor, dovetail cutting fun. I am able to keep one project moving at a time, which is fine as I work alone and only need to keep one piece going.
I do mostly hand work so don't need a lot of machinery, so I don't have a lot of machinery.. a table saw, Rigid TS3560 and a old Craftsman it says 9" band saw,, not sure how they measure these things but this one will handle a 2" wide blade which makes it great for resawing.. the only drawback is the clearance under the guide is only 7 1/2".. its enough for now, working on a treadle powered band saw that will have 12" under guide clearance.. lots of planes, lots of hand saws and lots of chisels.. Has anyone else come across one of these Craftsman band saws set up for a 2" wide blade? first one I have ever seen like this. picked it up at an estate sale a couple years ago.. put a new 1hp motor on it and it just flat cuts..My shop is 20' long by 11' wide with an 8' ceiling, it does have a storage loft which is nice.. the best part is the covered deck on the back which makes the perfect place to store my wood out of the weather.. would like to blow it out to 20 by 20 but have not done so as yet, soon I hope.. I figure the wife is about half way convinced its a good idea.. lol.. hope you like it..

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Hey Steve, this looks pretty functional! Brings back memories…my first "production" shop was in New City NY, a one car garage.
You'll find other Rigid fans here on LJ. Do I see a pair of Stanly 45s and a 46? And that chest of drawers is a piece of furniture. Nice.

As your shop gets bigger, you will have to stay organized or plan on walking more.
Thanks for posting your shop!
 

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Good eye there Dan, its one 45, one 46 and one Craftsman copy of the 45 all in good working order, when I'm working on a molding, will have the three plows set up with different cutters so I can just switch planes instead of cutters. It keeps the process working faster.. the drawers hold my smaller tools and my marking stuff, triangles, circles, calipers, etc etc.. top drawer is full of pencils and sharpeners,, seem to lose about four a job so keep a good supply on hand… someday will find a thousand pencils somewhere along with a couple hundred guitar picks.. every time I pick up my ax, the pick is missing.. although I think my grandson has walked off with quite a few of them..
As for the #46, I have been looking for some irons, I only have the one 3/8" cutter, looking for the rest of the set. I think there were only 4 to begin with.. would love to find the 1/4" and the 1/2" but not having any luck.. don't see them on Ebay very often, when you do you have to fight off the collectors.. Them guys will pay anything for them, I just want ones to use.. can't compete with there money.. thanks for the kind words.. catch ya later..
 

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There is a guy in the Carolinas (I think) that makes plane blades specifically for the 45 and 46. I can't remember where I saw it. If I come up with it, I'll let you know. His prices looked reasonable. Google "Stanley 45 blades") and see what you get.

If you can lay hands on the steel (lawn mower blade end, old reciprocating power hack saw blade, maybe a file) it's really not too difficult to make them. I made a blade with very complex angles for my 45 to be able to dress a sliding dovetail. Pretty handy.
Dan
 

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I haven't seen any articles on LJ about shop aprons. Maybe we should start one. I had Carole make one to my specs and I LOVE it. It has a swinging pocket (subdivided) on the bib that holds small brass calipers, two sizes 6" steel machinists rules, a 6" cut from an old tape measure (easier to read) a mechanical carpenter's pencil, a .5 mm drafting pencil, and a marking knife. Down on one side there is a plastic hook riveted to the apron for a 16' tape measure. The straps are mounted so there is no tying or belt hooking. They cross from one bib corner to the opposite side corner just above my waist. Slipped on over my head, the straps tighten from the weight of the apron (heavy cotton fabric) and pull it tight around my waist.
I haven't lost a pencil since.
Dan
 

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(tried to delete duplicate posting) How do you do THAT?
 

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I have a shop apron, and it does cut down on the lost pencils, but when its hot, I can't wear it. I sweat enough as it is. Mine is denim with two nice pickets also, I use two short pungy cords for the belt and just hook them together in the back works great.. I wear it mostly for when I am turning, saves on the chips down the front of my shirt.. Will have to give the iron making a try, I came into a large tool box full of files, all sizes and cuts have multiple duplicates.. they should hold a good edge when sharpened..
 

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I'll bet those bungee cords really add character! LOL Helps hold in the tummy?
I forgot to mention that broken planer blades are PERFECT. They are almost the right width and just the right thickness. They are usually uniformly hard. After I posted I got to thinking what I made mine of and finally remembered it was broken planer blades for the 46, and a very thick file for the 45 that dresses the sliding dovetail.
I'm working on my assembly table now. Just got the materials today. Also got materials for another jig, this one a dado thingy from Fine Woodworking. I added some features they didn't have on their arrogant ULTIMATE DADO JIG, and I'll post more about that after I have it built.

Done farming I guess. No driving to speak of, so the jig and table should move quickly.
Dan
 

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Just started a cherry blanket chest to go to the local consignment shop, picked up a jpb making (4) 2' by 4' hanging mirrors with picture style frames around them.. they asked me to draw up a couple designs for the frames for them to pick from. going to the same church that got the table and podium.. must like my work..
looking forward to seeing the jig when finished, just broke down and built my own table saw tenoning jig..just simple and easy.. worked great on the cherry its 1 1/2" by 2 3/4" frames. gonna do carved center panel.. hav'nt decided what I will use for the panels.. might go with a contrasting light wood.. thinking about carving vines around the outside frames to accent it.. afraid I will price myself out of a sale if I get to crazy.. yak at ya later..
P.S. thanks for the info on the planer blades, I have some old 4" jointer blades laying around somewhere.. should work just fine.
 

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changed my mind, still gonna build the cherry blanket chest, but came across some plans for a Pleasant Hill Shaker blanket chest from 1785 approx. gonna do a reproduction of that chest instead.. there are two designs listed in the book, one has two drawers at the bottom of the chest and the other doesn't. I like drawers and will most likely do that one.. either way they both are real nice. dovetails all around and the apron is also dovetailed with some very shaker feet. no fancy cuts here just plain old east cut feet. the only extra ornamentation on the piece is a small ogee molding around the top of the apron.. and a scratch stock bead around the drawer fronts..
there is a small lidded till in one end and not lining. started planing off the cherry boards today out of some really nice Vermont cherry that's been sitting for over ten years.. I picked it up at an estate sale last year.. If they ever let me post things on this site will put up some as I go pics for all to follow.. yak at ya later..
 

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re: tool selection.
A while back I had an interesting challenge. I was to be in charge of a woodworking project in Central America and could take only what tools would fit in the carry on bag. Weight and size mattered. Security issues were not so much of a problem back then, only a hammer was considered a security risk, not the Japanese saw! The task was to build wall mount cases, some for display (sliding glass doors furnished locally, build around them) and some for literature, and some for books. Rough boards (local lumber) were available, plywood too expensive.

So, what would you take?

BTW, the rough boards were the same species used for concrete forms, some form of mahogany but not the really good stuff. I would still liked to have had a boatload to take home.

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W3ell I guess my first question would be did you know going that you would be working with rough cut wood. If so, I would have a scrub plane on the list, along with a jack and a fore or jointer. I would include a good selection of chisels, a japanese saw and a back or tenon saw, a good wood mallet, couple rules or different lengths, and an assortment or clamps that would fit in bag. If none available there, a eggbeater drill would have been nice also.. a marking knife. Let me think some more on this.. good question..
 

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just realized all my of's are or's would also include a good panel saw, most likely filed crosscut. I am just to old to rip boards by hand..
So what did you take? am I anywhere close to the list of what your brought?
 

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Well, with what you've listed, you wouldn't make the flight. Much too heavy.
It's been a while, but as I remember, I wasn't going to take anything I couldn't afford to or want to lose. Things happen, usually at customs. So I took:
a Japanese saw (Ryobi ?? includes rip on one side, crosscut on the other),
a box utility knife (for whittling and marking),
a Stanley rabbet plane,
a 20oz claw hammer (surrendered to security! but did get it back),
a 1/4" chisel (puzzle…not a security threat?),
a brace with 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 cheap Irwin pattern bits,
a very sharp paint scraper and…well I think that's it.
Upon arrival, I made a wooden "speed square" using 3-4-5 to ensure squareness. The sharp paint scraper (Oh, and a file to sharpen it) for "surfacing" and even thicknessing the rough lumber. It also did a great finish sanding operation. The hammer was used as an axe to split boards close to size and planed to finish. Splitting off thin strips was easy in this very straight grained wood, so making dowels with the box knife was easy whittling. I got bold and cut some center dadoes with knife saw and chisel, pinned rabbet joints at corners. I had 5 days to make three cases so I didn't mess with dovetails. The sliding glass door tracks made me pine for the Stanley 45, but knifing and chiseling got the job done neatly. A number stick? Naw, made on site story sticks did the job better. And boards with wedges did a fine clamping job. Only Elmers glue available at school supply, not hardware. Felt really good to work outdoors with this "advanced Gringo" setup.
Got home and learned that the building housing the cases burned to the ground two weeks later. Oh well…
Dan
 

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You have got to be kidding, after all that, well your first message didn't give me a weight limit. think I would have sneaked in the jack plane somehow, would have saved a lot of energy.. well done my friend.. Steve
 

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well its been two full weeks and still cant post projects, so going to make and end run and post a few pics here just to make myself feel better.. to any who see them, would love a little input.. thanks.. Steve(aka) papa




 

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pine blanket chest is carved with a vine of roses around top with one large rose in center and the center panel on front has roses and a hummingbird carved into it..
the entertainment center is maple and black walnut trim with red birch drawer fronts, there are three slide out
storage shelves behind each door sized for dvd and vhs tapes, making a total of 10 available storage drawers.
right angle chair is in ash with upholstered seat, milled all the pieces from one 3" by 10" by 60" piece of ash.
all mortise and pegged tenons. rock solid.. thanks.. now that I got that off my chest..
 

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Maybe it's the picture lighting, but that entertainment center is classy cool. Never thought of putting mouse holes in the kick plate… :) Just kidding, you know.
Try posting another project and see what happens.

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wont let me, has a big red flag that say I can't post anything until my first post is reviewed and approved. Can't post a project, a blog, a forum, nothing… been over two weeks now.. really wish I could get going with this..
Entertainment center is spalted maple with the black walnut trim, the 4 middle drawers are figured red birch. the mouse holes are there because my wife likes hearts… its in my living room.. the first one I made only had six drawers in it, and she wanted more storage so now she has 10 and its still full. I turned the handles out of osage orange and cocobolo and mortised them into the doors and drawers. you know how I hate screws or what did you call them Swedish nails.. I will keep trying, everyday but so far no go.. sent Martin a couple messages but I don't know maybe he's on vacation..
 

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Seventeen days and still shut out.. someday I might be able to use this site as its meant to be… another day down..oh well…..........................................................
 
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