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After building cabinets for thirty years, I started building log furniture. Although I have nearly every tool a woodworker can use, hardly any of them are much use building log furniture. I had to invent a few. I've had a lot of fun building the furniture and it has been very rewarding fiscally. It it much different selling a finished product versus providing a service. I wish I had done it twenty years ago.
While waiting on the lumber supplies to arrive, thought I'd take you along on a $0.05 tour of the place.. basically what I see after the stumble down the steps to the shopMay try to get a better picture, sometime... Turn a bit to the left....that "blue" thing is the trash bag for the shop. Have to watch out, if you look too long at the bandsaw, you might trip over.. This thing, as it sits right by the steps, right above it? Most of the shop's screwdrivers and nut drivers. Looking past the shelf unit, you can see.. Shop has a dresser. Walk towards this, past the bandsaw.. Bit of a mess. Old tabletop sitting on a pair of sawhorses, the original workbench for the shop. 1 x 6 is to keep things from walking off the edge of the shelf. Also a place to sit the shop stool.. Old vise, and an older grinder. Grinder has a tool rest for sharpening tools on. C clamp is to help the grinder stay put. besides all the screws. Turn to the right, and look up a tad.. Spare handplanes, a drill needing a battery, sanders, and my drill press. "Door" is an old storm widow for the house. Welcome to the main work area.. We found an old dresser down here, when we moved in. Makes a nice place for the tils, and a place to stow the hammers and such. The bench.. 90% of the work get done right about here. Yes, that is a pipe clamp leg vise. next a look at the "overhead" of the shop.. A few extra saws, coping saw, hacksaws , clamps. Yellow plastic thingy is for nasty, dirty, recycled lumber. To the left.. A second til for drills, mainly eggbeater, and ready-use braces. I keep a 6" brace set up with a countersink bit, and hang it up where I can grab it easily. I'd clean the shavings up, but the Momma Cat just had her kittens back in there. That be the nickel tour, maybe someday I'll figure a way to do a video of the place.... Hope you enjoyed the show
Ok, FINALLY got a little ME time in the shop. Started off by moving a couple tool benches out of the way, just until a new spot for them can be set up.. Crowded spot. I cleaned the floor where these were, and got things ready to move... Getting better. The black thing to the lower right, is the trash bag. I had to pull the tool chest out, and slide it towards the trash bag, so the bench could take the place of the chest. Chest was headed to the wall.. Small bandsaw inbetween. Router table is now beside the lathe. The bench is for the BIG Mitre Box.. Backed up to the back of the workbench. bad when you need a rake to clean a floor....even the broom is worn out. Shop Cat tried to help out, by guarding the trash bag.. Soo, now I have room to work back there, I can even turn around! Maybe I can get back to do some woodworking? Since the HUGE Mitre Box is out of my way.......when I get the "dresser" built, that old dryer will be going out the door. Now, IF I can find someone to haul that heavy trash bag up the steps......
After a slight (2") mess up on my part the last time I took these out to the customer to install, this time it went in well. Had to cut out around the molding but other than that, it was all ready to go. These are old Oak pews from a local church. They wanted to keep the original finish so I had to make all my cuts where there was not new wood showing. I took the hymn book racks off the back, cut them down a little and installed them on each end so as there four year old said, "A place to put my iPad." So now I just have to get the table that goes with this finished. I had the top all glued up and ready and had it standing next to the cabinets in the back of the show I hit something that hit it and caused it to fall over and it busted in two of the old glue joints. So I will be getting it glued up and ready to deliver in a couple of weeks.
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