Robert Morse

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About Robert Morse

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    Puget Sound, WA
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    Cabinets, furniture and outdoor living.

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  1. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Thanks all - the floor turned out well and I'm super pleased with it. There's a section where the repaired bubbles look like the little dark inclusions you see in maple burl... and there's chatoyance in the floor too, neither of which I have been able to capture in photos yet. I like it. After a day of boyscout popcorn sales, and kids birthday parties, I'm headed out to work on the drywall shortly. Only 10 sheets left!
  2. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Another quick update to share progress... the last few weeks have flown by, but we've started hanging drywall (12' sheets are not THAT bad...), and my Wife convinced me to stop doing drywall in order to put down epoxy on the floor. So instead of drywall, I spent last weekend acid etching the floor (and then rinsing and sweeping repeatedly. (after the acid etch) The change in plans was because I had an opportunity to get the product at a reduced price, as well as enlist the help of a friend who's a journeyman painter for a local city. He came over on Wednesday, and I took the day off to help out with the application. The "polycuramine" product was a 2 color blend of Copper Pot and Amaretto, and it looked GREAT right when we finished laying it down. Lots of swirls of color which looked almost like flames, and depth to give it visual interest. We went to lunch, then visited mutual friends, and when we came home and looked at it again, a whole mess of bubbles had risen up thru the coating while we were gone. The floor was clean before we started, but I think he used a roller with too thick of a nap, and laid the bubbles into the epoxy while rolling it out. After several hours of the painter on the phone with the supplier, evaluating fixes, and a fair bit of swearing, we came up with a plan to sand the whole floor, and then lay down another coat of epoxy to smooth it out. This time it would be clear, rather than pigmented. He spent Thursday sanding down the high spots, and touching up the bubbles, and at 11pm last night we laid down another coat over the entire floor. Based on how it looked 5 hours later (this morning), the second coat seems to have taken well, and I'm looking forward to getting home this afternoon to check it out. The plan is to let it sit until Saturday evening (2 full days, just to make sure) and then get the rest of the drywall back inside before the rain shows up again. I've started pricing the rental for a rough terrain forklift rental, so I can get the saw, jointer/planer and other heavy equipment from the house down to the shop... let's get this thing DONE!
  3. Robert Morse

    Once more unto the DW735

    LOL - the Pentax 67 was not exactly kind to your back either... I do miss those big old transparencies though. Opening the envelope with your developed "slides" on Velvia was always a treat. Its just not the same feeling on digital.
  4. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    I had a busy weekend: First: I installed and caulked the 3 window casings (1x6 finger jointed primed boards FTW)! Once that was done, I cut and installed some 1/4" plywood panels over the bottom of the beams to dress them up a little. I cut these about 1/2" wider than the beam and then hit them with a flush trim bit in the Trim Router to match them up to the sides. After taking the pictures below, I also applied just a bit of stain to darken the white-ish edge of the ply. I think it looks pretty sharp. Last night, I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the mountain of metal scraps and cut offs, and sweeping up all the chips from flush trimming the edges of the ply. The lift is ready to go back, and the shop is looking pretty good. The final project for last night was to tie all the outlets together on the north, west and south walls so I could test the circuits before I put up the wall coverings... Both circuits tested good, and I spent the evening in front of the TV adding pigtails to all the outlets so I can install them faster once the walls are done. On to drywall!
  5. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Good news! My Dad and I finished the ceiling this weekend, and I finished up the upper wall steel panels on Monday and Tuesday. We got the last of the main lights installed as well, and I spent some time last night shortening the cords and running them in cable keepers (second picture), so they look WAY less crappy. I love the way the steel looks on the walls and ceiling. I'm also pleased with the LED lights - they're plenty bright, and the 5000k color temp is quite nice when the garage door is open. The only metal left to install is a single strip to cover a gap between the garage door and the center post (see the red arrow in the image below). I also made a home depot run for materials to case the windows - pre-primed, finger jointed 1x6 pine boards to the rescue! I got a coat of white paint on them last night, and they'll get installed tonight. After that, I'm enclosing the bottom of the exposed beams with quarter inch ply (you can see insulation and framing thru them). I picked up 4 more lights so I can have separately switched lights over the center of the shop where the table saw is going, as well as over the bay just to the right of the garage door where I'm planning to do finish and hand tool work. It's going to be brighter than the sun in there when I'm done. The rented lift goes back a week from today, and it will be nice to work standing on the ground again.
  6. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    I picked up a pair of the offset Milwaukee snips - they're pretty nice, but were still getting stuck in the middle on long rips. If I ever do it again, I'll pick up the metal blade for the circ saw, but I've only got a few rips left... I should be able to make due at this point. Thanks again for the tips.
  7. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Thanks for the tips - I had been very careful about not letting the tips close, the issue I was having was some of the cuts were right next to the ribs, and the snips would get stuck. Getting them unstuck would put a little wrinkle in the cut edge, that was extra sharp. Also, reaching into the middle of the panel to do cuts was HARD.
  8. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Drywall... I had planned to do ply, but I like the look of clean, smooth drywall better. I will put a French cleat strip all the way around the top of the drywall for hanging stuff.
  9. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    I need a lift that will get the end up 15'... the ones at the rental place only go to 12. I've spent the last 2 nights getting ready for the final ceiling push. My dad is coming down for one last weekend, and we're going to hang all 16 remaining ceiling panels. I've had some prep work to get done before we start on that: * I installed steel and J-channel on the top 6' of the wall section near the garage door, which was necessary in order to... * Install a shortened, heavy duty shelf bracket to hold up the garage door rail on the wall side. The bracket the door installers used was perforated angle hanging from the ceiling. It blocked the window, and would have had to be moved/removed to install the ceiling panel anyway. This looks MUCH better, and is more secure and stable too! * Then I installed 2/3 of the j-channel needed for the last bay. Only 3 sticks left to finish up the ceiling, which I'll finish tonight. (no pictures of this...) I've been hand cutting the rip cuts near ribs because the harbor freight power shears don't work too close to a rib, but hand cutting was leaving a jagged edge. Because I got fed up with blood all over the panels last night, I went and bought a new best friend - this Milwaukee metal shear(s?) is FANTASTIC. Much lighter, far quieter, and far less effort is required to make the cuts. In related news, I can now make super cool metal noodles, and also the stock price of Band-Aids just took huge hit. I'm MORE than ready to be done with the metal work on this building... but the end is in sight.
  10. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Lots of progress yesterday: made a run to a different Lowes and bought all of their white J-Channel (I think I'll need another 7 sticks of this to finish up), and then get started on the first of the angled walls while I waited for my Dad to arrive. I decided to install the bottom j-Channel after all of the wall panels are installed, because the angles are tricky. Once my Dad arrived, we got started on the center bay... this one went WAY smoother than the first one, and it looks better as well! We finished 8 of the 12 panels before he had to take off in the late afternoon. Tonight, I'm hoping to have the wife come help hang the last 4 panels so this bay can be done too. There's just no way I can see to hang the ceiling panels by myself, so progress is dependent on the availability of reliable assistance.
  11. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Just a quick update - The boy's birthday was this week, and turning 7 is a BIG DEAL. So once the second party was finished (family only this time, the first party was for school friends last week), I ran to home depot for screws, and Cat6 connectors (gotta get set up for internet access too). Then I got started (AND FINISHED!) installing J-channel all around the second bay. I also spent a an hour cleaning up a HUGE pile of insulation scraps I've been moving out of my way for the past couple of weeks. My Dad is coming back tomorrow, and we'll see how far we get installing panels in the second bay... The end is ALMOST in sight, which means I can do some woodworking again finally. I'll post pictures of tomorrow's progress.
  12. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Thanks Tom.
  13. Robert Morse

    I'm building a shop!

    Yeah, I was torn on that, but based on the feedback from the builder, and other structures around here, I think we're set up properly for our location.
  14. Robert Morse

    attaching top and bottom of hutch

    A picture might help...
  15. Robert Morse

    attaching top and bottom of hutch

    My dad's china hutch had thin metal straps inset into the bottom of the top, and the back of the bottom, which were then screwed. The straps were invisible from the front and sides. Lee Valley sells them, they're apparently called "Stacking Plates" : http://www.leevalley.com/us/Hardware/page.aspx?p=40568&cat=3,43715,43716&ap=2