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    Retired but active hobby woodworker. Enjoy refurbishing old tools and for use in my shop and projects.

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  1. About 20 yrs ago after my parents were dead we had to clean out their house. In a cluttered store room, under a pile of junk, I found an odd (at least, to me) treadle-style sewing machine base. At first I though it was broken or incomplete, but a bit of research into the White Sewing Machine Company showed otherwise. I couldn't think of a good use for it at the time, so it went into my storage room to collect dust for another couple of decades. I recently decided that I needed a nicer TV stand for my home office, and that White machine stand came to mind. I played with the design for a while, first thinking I would try to match the ornate curves of the base, but that just didn't look right.. Finally I decided to keep it simple and emphasis the difference in style. The base is only 14.5" tall, with the flywheel extending further up another ~6". Here, the cabinet is 10" high, build with 1/2" baltic birch plywood with poplar trim in the edges. The drawers are also just 1/2" baltic birch boxes with poplar fronts (the right two drawers are false fronts held in place with magnetic latches to enclose the cavity for the flywheel). I'm not totally pleased with the color choices, but my wife painted it (happy wife = happy life). The cabinet just sits atop the base, so if I decide later to redo it will be pretty simple... Right now, I just think I need a larger TV!
  2. Love this comment: "Utility need not be ugly. "
  3. I guess I'm just not as discriminating in my tastes; really don't much care how it looks if it does the job. .
  4. You do realize that Paul has been doing this stuff for 50 yrs, right? Of course it looks easy when he does it!
  5. Top thickness of only 1.5" may not be sufficiently strong if you do any heavy work -- it will flex and bounce.
  6. PPBart

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    I lived in St Helena from 1959 thru 1971, graduated from Greensburg High in '67 and SLU in '71. Spent a lot of time in Kentwood!
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    Baton Rouge area.
  8. I've built a lot of cabinets in the past few decades, but before embarking on a full set of kitchen and bath cabinets for our condo I checked this out of my local library (and renewed it later!). Excellent reference.
  9. For me, the scariest tool for me is my Craftsman 10" Radial Saw!
  10. I've got several users with corrugated soles, and have not found it to be "necessary" for anything I've done; however, I've also not found it to be a problem, either. IMO, the corrugated sole was more marketing than anything else.
  11. PPBart

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    I'm happily retired so I spend a lot of time in my shop: a 12'x24' portable building with insulated walls, Styrofoam panels under roof, but no insulation under floor. Cold weather is not a major problem around here (SE Louisiana), but we do get a few chilly (below freezing) days) --- enough for me to long for some additional heat. My "dust collection" system consists of a small shop vac and a box fan with filter, so obviously the shop does get dusty at times. I would like to add a safe (no open flame?) heater that would only be on when I'm in the shop. Would one of those oil-filled radiator style units be OK? Or maybe a ceramic heater?