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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-21-2013 03:31 PM 2834 reads 0 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everybody. This isn’t a very exciting post (they never really are), but I was looking for a woodworking excuse to


Now about that water supply
Since buying my water cooled Tomek sharpening machine, beginning to use hot hide glue, and starting up with marquetry I find myself in need of copious amounts of water. I am also kind of tired of carrying it out to the shop in milk cartons, pitchers, etc. So I decided it was time to do something about it. I probably won’t win any plumbers award for my solution, but I think it will be quite handy. Here it is:

I am planning (or maybe just hoping) to put my new Chevalet de marqueterie where the drillpress is now, providing it will fit there. I’ve taken some measurements, but the best test will be to see if it actually fits and if I can work in such a small space.

Now that we are on the subject of the Chevalet I want to show you mine. It’s maple which I’ve jointed and planed. All I have to do now is cut the parts, do some gluing, slap on some finish and I’m in business!

Thanks for looking in. I’ll be toasting you with some homemade eggnog on Christmas morning. Have fun and stay safe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 03:49 PM

Hey Mike,
Neat. We always called those Jerry Cans. Not sure if it is politically correct or not :)
But anyway, what a good idea.

That will be interesting to see you fit your new toy in that space. And then figure out where to put the drill press. Yow, it will get tight. But what the heck. Looks comfy.

Merry Christmas to you too,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 03:52 PM

Merry Christmas to you and your family too, Mike! My shop improvements for the year were to add insulation to my garage doors, replace the single pane door windows with double glazed units (with the help of my ever tolerant and patient wife) , and replace the old weather stripping with better quality material. So far I have been very happy with the results. The temperature in the shop has stayed at a fairly constant 50 degrees F even when the outside temperature has dropped to -15, and this is without heating. I was concerned about the effect of the concrete base acting as a big heat sink but so far the impact appears to have been negligible.

Good luck with the Chevalet. Happy New Year!

-- Stuart

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 04:00 PM

Best wishes back to you Mike. Have a great one.

I still carry my water out to my shop(s) in milk jugs. One of the zoning quirks in BC forbids me from having water or sewer plumbed into my shop. Something about only one residence per lot.

I’m sure that your space will work. I can say that because my Green Valley marquetry shop is 6’ X 6’ and houses not only my chevalet but a workbench, a press, a wall of shelves, a few shallow drawers (marquetry shelves) and three storage areas for veneer. There is also a wall cabinet for tools, glue, mounting paper and my radio. You have lots of room. :-)

How did you make out with the square tubing?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 04:02 PM

Good water storage idea Mike … just don’t get a hernia lifting the full container up onto its shelf! You’ll have lots of fun in the New Year building your Chevalet, and we will have something to look forward to as well :)

Merry Christmas Mike! I’ll be toasting you with my traditional festive morning Ceasar … spicy red, with a (green) pickled asparagus spear. Just the way I like it!! May Santa be good to you, and the New Year be filled with happily produced sawdust and wood shavings!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 04:33 PM

Well another project you can “shelf” ,good job Mike and a very Merry Chirstmas to you and yours too.


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#6 posted 12-21-2013 05:02 PM

Yup, the wood is dimensioned and stacked. Your chevalet is nearly done!
I believe that plumbing solution is 1000’s of years old! A wooden bucket would make it authentic!
All the best, Mike.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 05:10 PM

Thanks for the good wishes everyone!

Steve Jerry can it is, named after a famous mouse.

Stuart Glad to hear that your shop improvements are working for you. If it gets too cold you could maybe have some roll up mats to give a little floor insulation. Everything Helps!

Paul Do you want the plans for my solution? (just kidding). I now have everything except for the square tubing. The smallest I could find was too large. I haven’t given up yet, but I am thinking of ‘smart’ alternatives just in case. I haven’t one in mind yet, so I may have to ask my wife to come up with something. As I always say “if you don’t have a brain, marry one”

Elaine If you look closely at the second photo you will see something hanging there. It is a small block and tackle which can be used to hoist the ‘Jerry’ can when I get old. I’m pretty strong now after hand planing my new bench! Enjoy your Ceasar and the asparagus. Stir but don’t shake. I’m sure Santa will be good to me. I put a new Mercedes S model sedan on my wish list together with a new tap and die set. It will be exciting to see which one I get.

Jim Yes, I was a little worried about the weight that shelf has to bear. I mortised the supports into the bottom of the shelf, then I glued it all up and put 13 screws in vital locations as extra reinforcement. I imagine that when I put the filled can on it, the shelf will not be harmed, but the wall will collapse, lol.

Steve* It couldn’t be an old idea. They didn’t have plastic cans back then! I’m pretty sure that I’m at the forefront of modern technology with this idea.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-21-2013 06:02 PM

I just tipped my glass of egg nog to you Mike!!!!!!!!!!CHEERS, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-21-2013 06:13 PM

Thanks Jim. I’m toasting you back with my little glass of red wine!!

I did forget to mention how we prepare our eggnog, whether it’s store bought or homemade. We put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the cup and then smother it in whipped cream, then sprinkle a little nutmeg over the top. The bourbon (used sparingly) is optional, but very good IMHO. Don’t worry, you will get diabetes long before you get cirrhosis of the liver! It also tastes wonderful without the bourbon and everyone in our family loves it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-21-2013 08:30 PM

I remember when I finally got water in my garage shop, and better yet, got plumbed into the house hot water. I used a small electric heater for a number of years. Once the water heater was moved to the garage, it solved the hot water problems.

In La Conner, there is no water in the garage, but it won’t be hard to set up. The drain may be tougher. Now I just cart water around in plastic containers.

I built a gravity feed water system in a family cabin near the arctic circle over 30 years ago. Collected water from the metal roof, in a gutter, then over to a plastic garbage can purchased for the project, that was sitting on a 5 foot pedestal. Then it went through the wall in a hose, and filled another garbage can just slightly higher to avoid overflow indoors. From that a hose fed it to a standard sink faucet. When freezing temperatures came, I upended the outside can, and we would fill the inside can with water from a nearby creek. In the spring, we would break the ice on the creek if necessary. Needless to say, this was washing water, and not used for drinking or cooking.

Have a great Christmas, Mike. I am working on Christmas this year, so on December 27, we are going down to La Conner for 10 days and celebrate New Years.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 12-21-2013 09:06 PM

Thanks Jim. Too bad you have to work on Christmas. I hope you make up for it with your time off towards New Year.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-21-2013 10:33 PM

Looks like a great solution to me Mike. I know the carrying water drill all too well. The Tree Farm is a dry camp, so we have to take water to fill the RV. Here’s to a Merry Christmas to you, your family and all LJs every where!! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 12-22-2013 01:23 AM

Merry Christmas Mike! That looks like a good solution. Do you have a bit of tubing to direct it away from the wall?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 12-22-2013 04:37 AM

Merry Christmas to you and yours Mike and a toast back to you with a glass of homemade NOOG as it is a tradition here also .
Having water in the shop is almost a must ,I always run into the kitchen to get my wiping rag wet and I have water about five feet away through the wall ,I guess I have to work on that one day .

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 12-22-2013 07:44 AM

Thanks Bob, Mark, and Klaus. I haven’t filled the can yet, but I plan to give it a try today to see how the shelf handles the weight. I’m not planning to have a hose extension, but I appreciate the tip Mark in case I need one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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