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  1. John Morris

    Shop Organization

    Still a mess, but it sure looks better than it did a month ago. This is my new work area, a little small, about a quarter of what I had, but I like it, feels warm and cozy.
  2. So this may be a long one, and if posted in the wrong forum, feel free to relocate. My life has been very busy for the last year. I’m still working on one set of friends addition (end is in sight, but the garage hasn’t even been framed yet, I do the electrical). I went on vacation as of 3:00 pm yesterday, and will be changing the electrical service for another friend this week. Our son is engaged, they’ve bought a house, and I have projects going on over there. I average 48-50 hours a week at work. My only female cousin, and also only one older than me, passed away the first week of June from ALS. My kid brother committed suicide August last year. I am still mad at him for that, and obviously still coming to terms with it. I did not post this trolling for sympathies, or condolences, but it has a bearing on the story. My Mom passed away on Easter of 2014, and my sister was the executor. My Father’s Mother had collected Hummels, and my sister had not gotten to dividing them up among us, before my brother’s death. This really bothered her, and she was afraid that if she didn’t divide them up soon, another of us would be gone. So on Palm Sunday this year my other brother, and myself, met at my sisters house and we divided up the Hummels. They are porcelain/ceramic figurines of children, made in Germany. Around 1968 my Mom’s dad (my grandfather) made 4 mangers, and bought 4 nativity sets. He kept one, and gave one to each of his children. My sister got my grandparents manger and I got my parents manger. There were roughly 60 Hummels, and there was a nativity set. My sister and I agreed to give Paul the nativity set, and I would build him a manger, before Christmas (see there is something dealing with WW’ing here ). When I got home from my sisters house that Palm Sunday, I was putting the Hummels away. I happened to glimpse into one of them, which was a bank, and saw a piece of paper. The key to the bank was taped to the bottom of it. It was a gift to my Dad’s Mom, from my parents, Christmas of 1957. I know this because my grandmother wrote it on the bottom of the Hummel, in pen. (Probably not adding to it’s value). So I opened the bank, and the piece of paper inside was my Father’s first grade picture, Dec 20, 1937 (pictures will follow). It was kinda like Dad saying hi, from the beyond. So today I went down to the basement and looked at my manger, and started cutting pieces of 1/4 Baltic birch for the new manger. I have a ShopSmith so I had to set everything up, and then disassemble and put away, clean up, so the Missus can use the basement. I also did a couple of loads of laundry while I was down there. I GOT TO SMELL SAWDUST! Now this is gonna be a box with a slanted top, pretty simple, nothing special. But for me this is awesome, I even got to use my tapering jig (store bought) for the first time. I will post some pictures of the process as it happens, and even if my friends projects don’t get done on time, or if I don’t work all the OT my job may demand, I’m gonna get my brother’s manger done in time. One of my reasons for posting this is so that if there are any other members here like me, just beginners, or still learning, it’s ok. The regular posters here are very talented, and their work is beautiful, and I suspect that may intimidate some of us from posting (There is a very high bar here), so I’ll happily be a representative for the newbie’s, still learning, 2 left handed, among the forum. One of the reasons that this is my single favorite forum is the overwhelming friendliness, and helpfulness of the members. There is none of the condensension, and snide remarks, that I have seen from the experts (self nominated) at some other sites (and I’m not referring necessarily about woodworking forums). So I stopped working on the project while I’m contemplating how I’m gonna do the joinery. This is NOT a request for help or advice, I wanna think about this, and come up with my own ideas, not because of pride, but because this is how I learn best. I had a great day, just being in the shop, it’s so much fun. I suspect that those here who have decades working in their own shops still get this feeling. I try to remind the old timers on some of my metal detecting sites, how much of a thrill it is for the newbs to just find a quarter, it can be easily forgotten how we all started out. On another note, my Missus’s friend, who has Everett for a son, does not seem inclined to let him come over and learn to use the scroll saw. I have asked, and the look on her face was like I was asking to let him swim in the alligator infested water. I learned, and I had fun, so there’s always that. Sorry for the long, disjointed epic
  3. Gerald

    It is for the shop

    Maybe getting old , maybe tired , maybe it just is not that important. Oh you say what am I referring to. One I used wood and find jointery to make shop cabinets and fixtures. Having accumulated a fair amount of counter tops and divider panels from drugstores (MDF and particle board) it is time to use it. Started some cabinets with all screws, not much that could be glued. Various colors and even some covered in Formica. So you be the judge......,.lazy, tired, thrifty, or just don’t care. more later as this is the best materials I had.
  4. Dear folks, I want to put my Shopsmith on a dedicated 20 amp circuit. I so happen to have a dedicated circuit that I had an old 3hp 220v shaper on years ago. You can see the images below. My question is, is there any easy way to convert this to 110v. Can I simply open up the wall outlet, and reconfigure a couple wires for a regular 3 prong outlet? Or do I have to switch the breaker out along with pulling new wires through? Thanks for any help. Number "4" where the 20/20 is, was my shaper. Here is the outlet I used for the shaper that I want to now use for my Shopsmith.
  5. Ron Altier

    Time Wall Clock

    Over the years I collected memorialbia from my family and neighbor woodworkers. I have an old hammer from my dad, oil can from a great neighbor, etc. I wanted a wall clock for my shop and decided to make one. Then I decided that I would incorporate all of the things from my past that I had collected. It gets a new addition one in a while from family and I do have to replace the clock batteries, but I like it a-lot
  6. After all that work to clean the place, how about a quick "Walk-through"? Walk down the steps to the shop, being sure to duck your head about the fourth step up from the floor....and this is what you will see... Ugly rug and all. You can then look around the corner to the left.. Take a couple steps out, into the shop and look towards the North Wall ( you are looking East right now) Walk towards the wall, until just past the bandsaw... Everything "Needful" is within an arm's reach. A few steps more, then turn towards the east wall.. And find the "Work Zone" of the shop. At least the floor is still clean ( Wipe yer feet!") Always something going on here. And that be the $0.05 tour for now.....
  7. This window mounted fan support is a long overdue shop upgrade project. Every time I spray lacquer I had to rig the fan to stay in the window (it fell once and bent the blades). And it didn't work very well, either. As much air came in the window as the fan blew out. Also, every bug that got near the window got sucked in by the vortex on the periphery of the fan. This is much, much better! Enjoy! David
  8. Other thread was getting longwinded. Decided to carry on in a new one. Floor no longer had a creek running through the shop...went down and cleaned "house" The other day, I couldn't even tell where this benchtop was. . Brass wheel was removed from the grinder, as was the old, worn out wire wheel on the other side. Bought a new 1" fine wheel. Installed that. Sanding center was getting in my way a lot...decided to switch the two around.. Air compressor can stay there. Or, even slide further under the bench. bench is just an old tabletop ( no legs) sitting on a pair of sawhorses. "plan" was to slide the drill press as far to the left as I could...without getting in each other's way... Had to re-route the power cords ( need a couple wire ties, too) And, IF I need the vise.. Table is easy to remove, and stashed out of the way. Drill til? Needed a topper to it. Hauled that fancy 1 x 10 to the shop. Crosscut and ripped to size....needed pilot holes.. Then a countersink was used.. Why change bits, when I can just change drill and all....installed the top on the til..then moved the entire mess to it's new home.. Another view? Still a lot of storage space, both in front.. Might be another couple boxes headed this way....and, since there IS a flat shelf on top.. Couple of spokeshaves, most of my squares, and a marking gauge...have to work on this area a bit more. There was one brace drill that was too big for this til.. The 14" Stanley is now "hanging" with the Eggbeaters.... Still have quite a bit of pine left over.. So, I'll see what I can cobble up out of this..stay tuned..
  9. While scanning Workbench Magazine plans for our files sharing center, I ran across this old article, featuring the Workbench model shop, not to build models, but a shot at the time I am sure is a shop the home hobbyist would drool over. Just fun stuff
  10. John Morris

    Williamsburg Workshop

    This image is an open sourced image uploaded to this community for re-use within our community graphics. A recreation workshop on Duke of Gloucester street in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

    © Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

  11. If you have WIFI dead zones in your house this may be a solution. The WIFI router supplied by our internet provider isn't the most robust so, I've never been able to get a WIFI signal in the shop. Even though, the shop is only about 100' from the router. Several different types and brands of extenders were tried and returned. Thank you Amazon. I finally happened on to this TP-LINK AV500 range extender that uses your house wiring as a transmission medium, thereby eliminating problems caused by walls, metal studs, distance, etc. There are two components, an "adapter" that is connected to the router and plugged in to a nearby electrical socket, and the "extender", plugged in to a socket located in or near your dead zone. It's optimum if both sockets are on the same circuit. In my case, I used a socket in a wall closest to the shop. It's not on the same circuit but, it works. Now, I have WIFI in the shop.
  12. New here and thought I would post some pictures of my shop while I'm in between projects. I really enjoy this site.
  13. honesttjohn

    Shop Sign

    From the album: from honesttjohn's Lab

  14. 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
  15. I had live music in my shop this past Saturday! Our youngest daughter was studying on the dining room table for her AP History exam, our oldest daughter wanted to practice at the same time, scholastic's take priority over all in our home, even over good music, so our oldest girl needed a place with her friend to practice for an open mic event that same night at a local music store that holds open sessions on Saturdays. They asked if they could come out and practice while I work. I turned off my radio and opted for live. Hey, free live music while I work! What more can ya ask for! Typically I don't like things on my table saw, I'll make an exception, this time. This a just a warm up they were doing to have fun. Cynthia is our oldest daughter, on violin, and her "boyfriend" is on geeetar. He's an ok kid, took me a loooong time to accept it, but he's alright. Her first, they been seeing each other since their Jr. year in high-school and they are equally yoked. They are both wrapping up their freshman year in college. Good kids. She plays in her college symphony, quartet, and symphony choir, she is well studied in classical, but her favorite to play all day long, is Appalachia.
  16. 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......
  17. Just thought I'd post some images of the ol shop before 2016 closes out. This way next year I can look back and compare it a year later. You never know what may happen. Nothing lasts forever, except this forum community! From our shop to yours, Happy New Year's folks!
  18. Got to the point that all those spiders were taking over the shop.....webs everywhere looking like Grandpa Munster's shop. Read somewhere a long time ago that stashing hedge apple fruit in the corners of a room will drive away all the spiders......dad used to have one or two in the basement at his house. Road trip to see the doctor in Sidney, OH.....discovered a grove of the Hedge apple trees along side the roadway. Stopped and picked up a few off the ground. All three are now in the shop...maybe spidey will leave the building? Anyone else hear about them hedge apples vs spiders?
  19. Pull all junk out of shop and rearrange machines: One month Haul off scrap metal:
  20. John Hechel

    Shop cleaning

    Well I set out this afternoon to do some cleaning in the shop and this is how far I got. Anyone else have days like this?
  21. Michael Thuman

    shop cabinets

    in the shop why do you use overlay or inset cabinet doors or drawers? In my case inset is the perfection of the cabinetry mountain. Overlay is allowed for less that perfection. But does overlay seal the cabinet or drawing better then inset for dust issues?
  22. Dad couldn't make it to our Thanksgiving dinner, he was feeling under the weather and the drive down the mountain would have been a tad precarious, as he was feeling dizzy from the medications he's on. So we told him not to fret, we'll bring him some Thanksgiving the next day. My wife packed up a nice care package of food for him, and my son and I headed up the mountain with his food. We like going up there, it's the mountains. I thought I'd share with you all my Dad's place, it's a neat home, situated up on a ridge over looking some wonderful scenery. Dad showed us some of the bird houses he's been working on. These are his creations that he will sell locally at the gift shops and to individuals as well. Here is pops, with my son, his grandson. Dad lives a nice no nonsense life, he's been a bachelor for about 45 years, he doesn't have much room for the frilly stuff, he uses that stove to heat his home, and when the electricity goes out, he'll put a pot of stew up on that old stove. Since his appliances are all electrical, when the power goes out, it's the stove! He has some birdhouses sitting on the side waiting to be painted, he paints them in his home where it's nice and warm. Don't worry, the stove aint on right now, the paint is fine! Here is a view from the front of his home. This is looking out the window at the stove area. He has birdhouses all over his property, he built this wind screen a few years back and put a bird house atop it. By the way, the dog is Suzy, his Beagle, best friend, and profound varmint hunter. Dad standing in front of the shop he and I built back in 2005. This is where he'll hang most of the day, building, inventing, and just staying out of trouble. This day, I have never seen his shop look so clean, he typically has about a half foot of shavings and dust on the floor. Here's a shot of his cutoff table and general work bench. An ol Unisaw we picked up at a garage sale, and we outfitted it with a Biesmeyer. His assembly table for the birdhouse and other crafts and woodworking. His ol Delta scroll saw. Old Craftsman band saw, I gotta tell ya guys, this ol saw has a ton of features on it, I can't name them right now, but I remember there were just some really cool things going on with this old saw. Another shot of his work bench and wall. He uses this PC belt sander to shape and smooth edges with. Here is a neat view looking out of his shop to the front. Dad's home, an ol single wide built in the 60's. We've had a ton of fun, in this old home. My dad and I lived in a trailer a third of the size of this one throughout my teens up to the point I joined the Army. After I ETS'd out of the Army, I returned to live for a while longer in our trailer till I was steadily on my feet. Dad was and is always there for me. Some more of his birdhouses. These stairs he made from leftovers he found around the neighborhood, they get us down to the lower level of his property. My dad does things like this, he'll build for minimum needs, and it works! He is a true minimalist. Here is a nice image of his home, with the shop. A couple more birdhouses he built Thanks for following along my pictorial of my dad's place and his shop. There isn't much he can't do. He's from the old school of thought, and I love him dearly for it. His philosophy is "use only what I need, nothing more nothing less". I have seen him stretch a pot of stew over 5 days, and make a 20 dollar bill last a week. He was raised on the farm in New York and his family later moved into the city of Aurora ILL. where his dad blue-collared a life. My dad served in the Navy, he was a corpsman stationed in San Diego's Balboa Medical Hospital in the late 50's. He's just a great ol soul, I love him.
  23. John Morris

    Colonial Williamsburg Joiners Shop

    Just came across a wonderful image I found at the Facebook Page for Colonial Williamsburg. I have been following these folks for good amount of time now and I love the images coming out of their location. This gentleman is working on the construction of a Chippendale side chair. Source:Colonial Williamsburg Facebook page
  24. Ron Altier

    What is in your shop

    I was looking at the pictures submitted of guys shops. Each is unique and tailored to each person. However, I am wondering what your shop has in it for music or entertainment as you work. I like the older music. I use an old iPad to listen to web music radio stations. What do you have? Anyone have a TV? Do you have a napping chair? I do. It didn't start out that way. My wife got a free chair, a leather desk, but she didn't like it. I kept it in my shop till we could get rid of it. However, once I sat down in it, it cuddled me like a bear and put me to sleep. Now it is my permanent companion

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