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  1. 4 points
    My alt process endeavors are progressing. I built a work area in front of the darkroom that I can control the lighting in, and put a nine foot workbench along the wall. That let me resurrect an old platemaking vacuum contact frame I can use for my prints. I moved my uv led bars to a thin sheet of plywood hinged to the wall so I can drop it over the vacuum frame to expose the print. Just got a few prints done today.
  2. 4 points
    OK. Dinner is done. Country fried steak with homemade white gravy. Yumm! Step 1 was to build a new cabinet to hold my sharpening equipment, bandsaw stuff and drill press supplies like bits, etc. I needed it to be smaller than the old cabinet so it would fit in the space between my workbench and bandsaw, with the dust collection gear behind it. I had 34 inches of width to work with, and about 18" of depth. I needed to incorporate an 8" grinder, a 6" buffer and my Worksharp 3000, which one of my son's gave me for Christmas and I have found great for working out bad nicks and prepping new chisels. I even use it for the final honing on my beater chisels. I also wanted to incorporate a Wolverine sharpening jig that I have had around for a bunch of years, but never got around to mounting it. The lathe tool sharpening holder presented a problem because it is over two feet long. The grinder and buffer would barely fit in the 34", so I had to figure something out there. There was no way I could get the buffer, grinder and Worksharp in a straight line. After thinking about it for awhile I came up with an answer. (Ever wake up in the middle of the night with an "Ah, ha!" moment?) I decided to go vertical with some of the mounting. First, I built a lower cabinet with drawers sized to fit the stuff that was to go in it, especially one drawer that would hold my Forstner bit set that I got from Woodcraft - good set by the way. It is just a standard cabinet made with gray melamine sides, top and fronts. I used plywood for the bottom as it was going to hold quite a bit of weight. Dado joints on the vertical sides transfer the weight from the cabinet to the bottom and thus the casters. Here is a picture of the bottom: It is just a basic cabinet with ball bearing drawer slides. I used strips of oak I had laying around to trim the edges. The drawer pulls are from a batch my wife bought me for Christmas - They are one one fancy thing in my shop - matching drawer pulls. All of the drawer are just butt joints with glue and brads. The fronts are screwed on. Nothing fancy, very utilitarian. Then I added a top on it to hold the equipment. I mounted the grinder and Worksharp on the top of the bottom section and the buffer on the upright I added. Hidden behind the Worksharp is a Wen drill sharpener I inherited from my father. Here is the finished product: I did have one problem. I originally used some light duty casters from Grizzley. They were rated at 75 lbs each. If you look carefully, the front left caster had failed. I replaced them with this caster from Home Depot. I have gotten to really like these. They hold a lot of weight without flattening or failing. So that is the story of the first step. I am happy with the cabinet and its functions.
  3. 4 points
    Okay, the last day started off by attaching the figure 8's to the base. Then center punching for the screw hole in the top. Then drilling and pre-threading the holes in the top. A final vacuuming of the parts before finishing. This next step is were she really left me impressed. I thought this is were she would have some struggles but after practicing the spray process on some spare plywood. I was real amazed at the job she did on the actual top. She was just a little nervous and asked me to spray the base. Spraying the bottom of the top. And the top side. A couple of final pictures. And one with the newly minted woodwork.
  4. 3 points
    and is going to set up a (I use the term loosely) Pro workshop here in the UK. After leaving school with very few qualifications I went stright into an on site apprentiship with my step dad. After 20years ish of sitework doing everything from Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installations, to building outbuildings and doing all 1st and 2nd fix carpentry I have finally decided I dont want to work outside in the winter any longer. After losing my dad last year to a nasty battle with cancer, I have decided lifes to short to be miserable at work and with the help of a small inheritance (thanks dad), I am in the position to take fulfill a dream and take on the rental of a 1500sq ft workshop for a minimum term of 3years. Lease was signed beginning of this week and I am just awaiting the completion date and picking up the keys............... My legal representative is hopeful this will be within the next week/10 days Its over two levels as it has a mezernine floor over half the ground floor. Upstairs are two large (hopefully) dust free offices which will be used for doing upholstery work, finishing and the designing. I have registered the new business name as 'Against The Grain Carpentry & Joinery', im mid way though the 4th revision of my logo/social media design with a graphic designer and have MOST of my power tools, hand tools and machinery on order, awaiting delivery or are on the way in the US/UK/Canadian postal services somewhere. So far the main equipment I have purchased which are awaiting delivery: Sedgwick 308PT Planer Thicknesser http://sedgwick-machinery.co.uk/?page_id=81 Sedgwick SM210 Spindle Moulder, Power feed, Router spindle shaft (1/2") and sliding carriage http://sedgwick-machinery.co.uk/?page_id=53 Sedgwick TA 314 Table Saw with sliding carriage http://sedgwick-machinery.co.uk/?page_id=159 Axminster Trade 5HP AT639E Dust Extractor https://www.axminstertools.com/axminster-industrial-series-ub-805ckh-extractor-102237 I am also contemplating getting a SCM large (900mm) belt panel sander and maybe a Sedgwick floor standing morticer.................. however I will wait until I am settled into the workshop and see what the budget looks like at this point as I still have so much to buy to get me set up. I have a fixed budget and want to stick to that if possible. I wont talk numbers in this post as I dont want to be seen as showing off/bragging or whatever, however if you are genuinely interested in what it has/is going to cost me to set up from scratch here in the UK to compare to where you are in the world, then just say as I have kept a running documented list of literally everything purchased so far to date and will keep updating the list until after I have moved in, no doubt! I will keep updating this thread as and when it all starts to happen, and hopefully you guys and girls will find it of some interest and maybe can add your 2 cents worth to help me get set up like a pro. I am sure I will have a load of questions for you all in good time with regards to set up and layout of a shop, extraction system, jigs etc etc It is almost 3am now, so I am going to finish up and get to bed, but I will leave you a few pics of the new 'shop'
  5. 3 points
    Things are finally falling into place to I can redo my shop. I have healed my body enough to handle the work and gotten enthusiasm back up, so time to charge into the work. There are a bunch of things that need to be done to get this in progress. Here is a list: 1. Build a new cabinet/work surface to replace my old one. It was built on a rotating top and just never worked out, Plus, I need some of the space back 2. Add storage for storing odd and ends. I have a power tool cabinet that I built several years ago that was supposed to have drawers for this, but they never got built. 3. Build a new cart for my planer. The old one, while it worked well, was too short and lacked storage for my planer stuff 4. Make a stand for a Super Dust Deputy I bought years ago and reconfigure my dust collection system around it. All of this will reduce some of the clutter in my shop to allow me to do the next steps: 5. Physically rearrange the shop, putting things in their new place. 6. Route new ductwork to the tools in their new location. The new layout makes this pretty easy. All of the ducts will be on the floor. I use ABS drain pipe for my ducts and it has worked very well. I added a Wynn filter to my dust collector, but it plugs really quickly. Once I get the cyclone in the system to remove most of the waste before the filter stage, this should be as much of a problem. It has kind of bothered me that I have five times the filter area, but half the suction because it clogs so easily. Hopefully, this fixes the issue. I still have the old 1 micron bad just in case. 7. Build a new workbench. Since I am getting up in age (in two years I will be 70 and retiring from my "real" job), this will probably be the last workbench I will make, at least for me. It is going to be a mix of styles, with a trestle base and a Roubo style top. I am planning on using the bracing provided by the rails in my current workbench as it has worked very well. I am thinking about shortening it a bit so it will better fit in my shop. I rarely have anything longer than 6 feet, so that is my criterial. I purchased a Lie-Nielsen tail vise after trying one at their tool event that was held near me. I really liked it and it doesn't look too hard to install. No need for Condor tails or such For the face vise, I am still undecided. I really like my Record 9 inch cast iron vise I have had for years. But I want something better for dovetailing and working the ends of boards, so I am also considering a leg vise. Either way, I am going to make a Moxen vise for much of my joinery. Time will tell. The bench is going to be completely of hard maple. I have already started collecting boards for it. I am going to keep my old bench so I have a flat surface to collect crap on that isn't my really workbench. 8. Finally, I am going to build a new tool cabinet. I am thinking kind of a cross between the Mike Pekovich and Matt Cremona, with a dash of my own tossed in. I am going to do some marquetry on the front to memorialize some of the big events in my life. Should be fun and something to stretch my skills a bit. I have already finished steps 1, 2 and 3 and am working on 4 the next few weekends. I will post the results after dinner My wife says it is getting cold. I look forward to your comments and ideas on this ride.
  6. 3 points
    Treeslayer and Coop - Thanks. I hope to post the first three steps this weekend. Don't want to do it too quickly as I tend to be kind of wordy - don't want to bore everybody. I have already finished the sharpening cabinet, as you see above, the drawers for my power tool cabinet and the planer cart. I am working on the DC improvements this weekend, but probably won't finish them until next weekend. Then things will slow down as I start the rest of the work, but I hope to post a progress report every week. This is kind of a dream come true for me as I have been wanting to do this for about five years.
  7. 3 points
    Cody's looking good. Good on ya Ross. I added to the family today. 2 month old Great Pyrenees little girl.
  8. 2 points
    I read that the extra dew claw is to aid her in opening the food container when you’re not looking.
  9. 2 points
    Congratulate her on a job well done, Chet! She has not only produced a lovely piece of furniture, but brightened the day for a bunch of grumpy old men! And me, too.
  10. 2 points
    This is the most awesome woodworking thread I've ever seen!!!!
  11. 2 points
    I finally did some “woodworking” today, for the first time in a while due to the move. This was just cutting out a piece to mount our new mailbox, but it was nice inhaling some sawdust again. One rip on the table saw and a couple cuts on my new miter saw, then drive a few screws. I have all of my lumber and tools in my new temporary workshop- my unfinished basement- but I haven’t started laying it out yet. I currently have a mountain of cardboard in the middle of it that I need to deal with.
  12. 1 point
    2hp Harvey cabinet saw for $989 brand new while they last. https://www.harveywoodworking.com/products/new-ambassador-c200-30-10-table-saw?mc_cid=82222f9ea0&mc_eid=3567208f16
  13. 1 point
    And any day fishing with your son has an unlimited multiple! Yeah Cody!
  14. 1 point
    I like a man with enthusiasm. Wish you the best of luck on all eight points. I too am looking forward to seeing the progress. Is their a time line or is that too many questions?
  15. 1 point
    I always like to see other shops as I get some great ideas for my own shop, I like to think I’m fairly organized until I see someone who has done it better
  16. 1 point
    Boo's a lot less active than me. His arthritis, even with medication, keeps him hurting most of the time. He's 10 human years old and the Vet's chart says for his weight and size, that he' probably closer to 80 in dog years. Which means at my age, I'm more active than him. By the time this little girl is 5 or 6 months old she will be close to Boo's size, and will be bigger. One more interesting thing about this little girl, is that she has 2 dew claws on her hind feet. You can see it in the pic if you look close.
  17. 1 point
    I will pass it along Ross. It will probable get a good giggle out of her.
  18. 1 point
    Last month I finished my desk build. In a way it was only half the job, because I wanted to minimize the work so I wasn't stuck on another 8-10 month project. So I designed the desk in a way that I could build a cabinet to slide underneath it. I had a major challenge - my desk was not flat. I was never able to get it flat without dropping under 1 3/8" thick and rather than go buy new stock or bring more in from my drying pile (air dried so it would take probably a few weeks to get to the shop equilibrium) I just rolled with it. Because if the top of it isn't flat, but I can't notice it while it's in my office, then who cares? Desk pic, if you don't recall/care: This is the sketchup drawing I did. I ended up reducing the depth from 26.5" to be even with desk to about 25" so that you won't be able to see how uneven the gap is going to be between the bottom of the desk an the top of the cabinet. I figured it was either that or build some sort of trim to cover it up, or even worse, build the desk to be out of square. I wasn't willing to deliberately build it out of square because trying to get things square has been such a difficult path for me. All of my stock was a MINIMUM of 16" wide, and 5/4. The 8/4 boards, I "resawed" by using a track saw to put a clean edge, then the track saw again to bring the width to about 7 7/8" (so it would fit jointer) then ran on edge on the table saw on each side. My bandsaw needs tuned up and I was too lazy to do it so this is how I decided to resaw. I tried to do a grain match with a sort of bookmatch where possible on the sides, as they would be the only real visible components in the carcass. Marked for dominos. I'm going to admit something that will make me look stupid. I have serious troubles getting flush panels with the domino. I literally do better without it. If I have 4 glue joints in a panel, 3 out of 4 will be dead flush and 1 with a small lip - without the domino for alignment. With it - usually one or two glue joints looks like this: That irritates me. Anyway, I sanded flush then marked the center points for my two horizontal dividers. Then loaded up a Whiteside dovetail bit - forgot what size. And seeing this picture makes me realize why I love Festool so much, as there was almost zero dust. Here is when I hit my first mistake. I had jointed one side of the panel and then used a track saw to square a side. And look where my saw went through Luckily I only used Dominos on one panel. Since each side of the cabinet is sort of a mirror image, and I wanted the cathedrals pointed in a particular direction - I could not make this the bottom. Good thing it will be covered with a desk top. Front: Dry fit, but without a back or anything so everything is a little skewed. It was here that I was pleased that my guaranteed mistake had already come with the cutting through Dominos. I measured and saw that the case was dead nuts square and my measurements of the internal drawer area perfectly matched the Sketchup drawing. I laid out the center line for the vertical divider. Yes, I really love that little Milwaukee M12 portable light. The lumen power is amazing.
  19. 1 point
    It's the only way I could prove I'm not one of those "people"!
  20. 1 point
    I meant to post this, I kept track of her time on this - including time at the lumber yard and clean up at the end of each day she was right at 45 hours.
  21. 1 point
    Sounds like it’s time to sit down with a tape measure and a roll of masking tape and start to figure out work flow John, good luck and be sure to post some pictures so we can see how it’s done properly, rearranged the storage in my shop today, now I won’t be able to find anything for a week
  22. 1 point
    You can tell how proud she is by the look on her face and you should be too Chet, she did a great job ! I wish you lived closer I would hire her to help in my shop she works faster and better than I do, this was a real pleasure to follow, thanks for the ride to you and her
  23. 1 point
    Well my real cool wife just bought this for me for my birthday. I have been looking at ideas for drilling in the center of small parts for some project ideas and I think this looks like it might work better then other things was looking at. Drew, my wife says Thank You, because she had no idea as to what to get me.
  24. 1 point
    That is a great day for the two of you for sure.
  25. 1 point
    Nice catch Ross, fish for supper?
  26. 1 point
    So, this happened today... Boy has been begging to go fishing for a while, so I finally took a vacation day, and we went to a quiet lake in the Natchez Trace state park. Caught several red-eared sunfish, one largemouth bass, 3 striped somethings I don't recognize, and one blue catfish. Any day a fish is caught is a good day of fishing. And any day fishing is better than a day at work.
  27. 1 point
    I agree with all the above, but a further design consideration is where are your shins going to go when you inevitably stretch your legs? If the back panel (the non-sitting side) is full length then you won't have any edge to bang your shins against. If, as I believe krtwood is suggesting, you end up with a 6 or 8 inch wide transverse brace poitioned at the base of the back, then you can comfortably rest your feet on top of this panel. If the partial panel is at the top, but doesn't extend below your knee, then you're also pretty bang free. But lower than that gets into shin territory.
  28. 1 point
    I suggested a rail as that would use less material, especially if already have the back cut. But extending the back down works too. If you want it to look more open you could add a curve or two angled cuts on the bottom. What you're trying to prevent here is sideways swaying (racking) or the connection of the sides to the desk top failing if the piece is dragged sideways on the floor. It's kind of a personal decision of how solid do you want the thing to feel and also how much do you trust the quality of the plywood.
  29. 1 point
    The more surface connections and pocket hole screws, the better but, I understand that weight is a consideration.
  30. 1 point
    You could try storing your hand tools in a box or closed cabinet and putting a vapor emitter rust preventative in there with them. https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop/tools/workshop/tool-maintenance/59367-anti-corrosion-emitters
  31. 1 point
    Mick, Allison, Freedhardwood's wife Vera and My wife, get a prayer sent at least once a day, but in truth, they go up everytime I think of one or the other, and that'a very often... It's not easy being without those you care most about, and I can't say it gets easier. For me it doesn't. But I send word up daily. Hang on young'un. Life finds a way, so I'm told.
  32. 1 point
    Yes, they are a great tool. I use they for all sort of stuff, not just G&G plugs.
  33. 1 point
    Wife called me to dinner, only seconds before getting me started.
  34. 1 point
    A low quality photo, but a good moment.
  35. 1 point
    Not the best quality pic but given the current state of affairs here in MN and around the country it struck me that our flag was perfectly calm...
  36. 1 point
    Parcheesi Game board made of ebony, swiss pearwood, yellowheart, purpleheart, holly, sepele, mahogany, bloodwood, figured maple. I love the game and I enjoy making the gameboards as well. Board number two has shaded fans made with holly and ebony.