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  1. John Morris

    Small Woodshop

    A blog about working in a small shop.
  2. Nissan NV300 Van Transformed to a Woodshop Click on the link above. Have tools will travel!!!
  3. Woodbutcherbynight

    It's a start!

    Did some work for a friend at his event center. 16,000 sq ft of nice open space. Bit bigger than my dream shop of 10,000 sq ft. But hey for 3 million it could be mine!! Enjoy and drool......
  4. Woodbutcherbynight

    Shop Heat

    I will begin by saying I already have a heat pump 12,000 BTU in my shop. Works okay but would prefer a all electric unit for the winter. My plan being to remove and store the unit when the weather gets warmer. The Heat pump stays put, AC is always a plus. Had a coupon for Northern combined with a gift card and came across this. https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200578579_200578579 was on sale at the store for $89. Nice little heater, says 500 sq feet which covers my shop. Does say it must be hard wired but this is for keeping people who know nothing about electrical from hooking it up with underrated wires and connectors. (You know what I am talking about, using a small 220 or even a 120 connector or extension cord whacking it off and hooking it up. Overheated wires? Never heard about it.) My friend has had one for few years and we used a 50 amp drier cord (more than up to the task) and outlet with 8 gauge wiring to hook it up. Heats his two car garage nicely. So far I am out oh, $20 for a drier outlet I did not have in my stash. I get home and look and I will need to replace an outlet and about 18 inches of wire to it. Thankfully the Breaker box is that close to where the heater will be placed. Okay I knew that but in the store I am thinking this is not that big of a deal. Now comes the proverbial monkey wrench. Need to take down a upper cabinet, remove it, maybe just cut in half and put that much back. Not exactly easy, but hey I need the airspace behind the heater. THEN I will need to remove some recent DC plumbing to gain access to the wall where the breaker box and outlet will be. So how it is something so simple, a heater into the shop, creates 3 evenings worth of work? No pictures yet, I will update as this gets started, and finished. Hopefully before spring. Meanwhile I still have a router table build that is in finishing stages. Cannot disturb the dust too much next few days.
  5. Courtland

    Dads Shop

    On New Years Day we made our rounds and visited family, and we paid ol pops a visit. He lives in the local mountains, there was even a tad bit of snow left from the last snow he had! After we spent a few hours there we ventured up the mountain some more and let the kids roll in the big snow. But here are a few random shots of dad and his shop. Image below is what is leftover of his cedar pile of wood, he loves making birdhouses, and he sells them locally. Next up is his old 70's vintage Craftsman Band Saw And a late model Craftsman Contractors Table Saw he uses for secondary cuts or he leaves a dado on it at all times. Dad and I, two knuckle heads! Dad and Grandpa A smaller Delta Bench top drill press Delta Rockwell Table Saw with a Bies fence system A good ol Delta Scroll Saw His main go to compressor, he only uses it for finish nails, he doesn't believe in cleaning up so he certainly doesn't need air for that! Yes folks, it does snow in southern California, we actually had about 4" on the ground a few days before this. Over all image of the shop. Dad and I build this shop back in 2004. Rear shot of his shop Another rear shot. And just for kicks and giggles, Dad's home! A restored single wide trailer, we got this place for a song and dance, and pops loves it up in the hills. Thanks folks for sharing a bit of my Dad's place with us, yall come back now ya here!
  6. Woodbutcherbynight

    Utilizing Dead Space

    December is the month I reserve for projects I want to do in the shop. Jigs, extra storage, reorganization, CLEANING, etc etc. This year I saw that the space behind my sander was nothing more than a repository for abandoned jigs, projects and other assorted stuff. I started out with a grinder plate that extends out on slides when needed, then the 12 inch sander with dust collection. Those led me into getting a run of DC to them. And then finally to this blank space that begs me to make better use of it. Two boxes, the front one houses my rarely used tile saw as well as provides extra space for my sander plate. When I went to build this box I had to account for the slope of the sander. So the top is angles side to side and front to back to match that. The box behind that with the white top I stayed flat. Once I had built the front box I quickly discovered things roll right off the thing. So matching those angles on the back box was not going to work for me. Naturally the space I had left behind the front box did not allow me to make a full top, so I had to split that by 4 inches. Still worked and will always be better than nothing. Gives me space to put small projects to dry. With the Formica clean up is simple, besides someone gave me 2/3 sheet recently. Free being the best price! As always these boxes are color coded to aid in memory of what I put inside them. Also helpful if you send someone to get something you can cite color, size and location. Not a lot of time on project but took several days to get finish work done and final assembly. In all a great addition to my shop. One that utilizes some dead space. Because like everyone else here space in the shop is limited. Funds to build that 10,000 sq foot shop are also limited, as in I have yet to win the lottery or have a wealthy relative leave me a mint. LOL Enjoy and be inspired.
  7. Let me first start by saying I am not a Noob to woodworking, I am, however, a noob to setting up a dedicated Woodworkers Paradise that I may call the Woodcave. You can see my introduction here. While I will be using woodworking as therapy, my wife will be using it to get the much-requested furniture we did not have in the military due to the movers always damaging them and the claims process being less than satisfactory. I have some time yet as spring of next year is the goal to start this process, although the holiday sales can be tempting I doubt a Sawstop would go on sale, and if I did purchase, I would have it delivered to the new address. Regardless, below is a list of what I am looking at to start the shop as far as machinery goes and I want to make sure I am going in the right direction. I put a comment under each piece on my thought process which may or may not be beneficial. Similarly to measuring twice and cutting once, planning, researching and getting advice from experienced woodworkers is better than jumping feet first. I have a $10k budget to start off with and think this should be more than adequate to accomplish my goals of turning rough cut wood into a kitchen table (no chairs), entertainment stand, and graduating to bedroom furniture and moving up from there. My thought process for rough cut is the cost for the machinery outweigh purchasing dimensional lumber, especially over time. I remember paying out the butt for dimensional lumber or having it planed to thickness by a furniture shop. I have posted something similar to this is a much less active forum as I noticed in my introductory post my apologies for now finding ThePatriotWoodworker first. My thought process may be completely off and crazy however that is why I am here to get me going in the right direction. My shop is approximately 26x28' and there are stairs going to the second story above the garage cutting down on the size a little bit. Equipment I currently own. Dewalt Jobsite table saw with no stand (which I will be replacing) Dewalt 2 1/4hp router Bosch Bench Top router table shopvac Hand tools Handheld power sanders, circular saw, and drills Associated saw blades, router and drills bits Clamps -I will need more of these but can you really ever have "enough" clamps? Safety Equipment Shop Stuff I am still planning Lighting LED White or Warm Yellow? Electrical Dust collection duct System Building my own workbenches. I feel I can build them to my shop versus buying manufactured ones and making my shop fit around them. In addition to the cost-benefit ratio of building vs purchasing. Equipment I am looking at purchasing to start with. Sawstop 3hp Professional Cabinet Saw with 36" T-Glide fence, folding outfeed table, right router table, router lift, and downdraft collection box. Shop safety is imperative which is why I chose Sawstop and I have had enough stitches, staples, and pieces removed from me unwillingly I do not need to contribute to it. I may pass on the folding outfeed table and 52" I did not feel was necessary. Grizzly G0490X 8' Jointer with Parallelogram Beds and Spiral Cutterhead. Dewalt DW735X Planer with Byrd Tool Shelix Cutterhead. I know the planer does not compare to the jointer but, a proper jointer seems more important in the production of rough cut to dimensional lumber than the other way around. I looked at combo machines but they all seemed to have mixed reviews where the combo I selected seemed to provide the most benefit. The planer with the Byrd tool cutter head from what I have read had decent reviews and seems legitimate for a first planer. The jointer I doubt I would ever need to upgrade. Laguna C flux 3 hp Cyclone dust collector. Given my shop size and equipment I am looking at purchasing, this seems more than adequate and will serve me as I expand equipment. When I set up shop in a one car garage, I used a box fan that I built a case around so I could insert an air filter. I will likely continue with that route to begin with as the cost-benefit ratio for that setup outweighs a dedicated air filtration system. Jet 12" JMS-12SCMS Sliding Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw I don't foresee ever needing to update this. Down the Road Future Purchases (Given my goals I do not need immediately, I could be wrong) Replacement Router Proper planer Drill press Bandsaw Spindle and or drum sander and MORE! Hopefully, I am going in the right direction.
  8. Its not much (and its missing the door...) but its mine. I included my heater and dog butt LOL
  9. We got fun and games We got everything you want If you want to play. Tool Chest is completed. And sitting in it's new home. A look at the rest of this little box Most furniture has a plywood back, not this thing. Thems raised panels, in Pine I can carry the "tote" over to the bench, with the toys, er, tools I need. That handle on the backsaw sticks up just enough, that the tote can only go so far. Five saws are in the til. Inside area is 25" long. A jointer, three jack planes, and three smoothers reside in the cramped Plane til. the rest of the planes? reside on the "Ready Rack". Another look? This little place is MY workshop. Even hired a new crew to clean it up. Igor was fired for using my broom as Transportation. I hired his three brothers....Larry-gor, Curly-gor, and Moe-gor. Seem to do a decent job.
  10. I have a basement shop but as I age and now we live next to Lake Michigan the shop cold ness is not tolerable. I was looking into Infrafed Heat options would they be good for a shop for wold they ignite sawdust? The will heat me, the concrete walls, the tools. Beyond cost is ther any other drawbacks or concerns? Other than wasting engry by not having the basement insulated.
  11. Hello All, I am new to the forum and want to show you where I do my stuff. We have a three car garage and I get the single bay for my shop. There is not a lot of room, only 12'X20' but I have a lot of fun. Since I don't have a lot of space I have to have multi-use work spaces. When I am reloading, my press shares a bench with my router and then it is stored when I am done. I put curtains on my benches to prevent sawdust from collecting on my equipment.
  12. 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.
  13. John Morris

    John's Shop

    From the album: John's Shop

    This is a shot of my shop looking in, from our driveway. This was a nice evening, things just felt right, and I walked off and out of my shop, looked back, and snapped this picture. I think it looks pretty cool. If you blow the image up, see the end of my workbench, one of my kids left some artwork on the surface.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.....
  19. 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
  20. 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..
  21. 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
  22. 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

  23. 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.
  24. New here and thought I would post some pictures of my shop while I'm in between projects. I really enjoy this site.

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