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09-20-2015 01:13 PM
subtleaccents All I can say, is your work shop is too nice to work in. LOL

Great thought went into the layout and set up. If it was me I would be worried about getting it dusty or dirty. Congrats on a fantastic job!
09-20-2015 12:57 PM
Herb Stoops Keep it up Duane, these are fun projects and useful when your done. It is a plus to get the wifwy to help too they seem to like the finishing part, teach her how to do the sanding and it will make your life easier. Good job on the lamps.
09-19-2015 07:45 PM
Duane Bledsoe Few more shop pics to add. My wife was kind enough to add a couple of shop stools to sit on for comfort when doing certain shop activities. One for each of us. I had always hoped she'd become a shop rat like me! Looks like she might now that we have a new place. That is her in the background applying stain to one of our latest little projects. I believe it was a coat hanging rack. A simple 30" wood strip with 4 drawer pull knobs attached, and screwed to the wall. I could have made it nicer but she wanted simple, rustic, and just use what we already had here to make it. I didn't object because I wanted her to enjoy the experience and make a memory, and come back for more. We both wrote personal notes on the back in marker ink and then installed it on the wall in the kitchen near the back door. That was last weekend.

Also, today she took me shopping for a new planer, which I decided on a Ridgid model from Home Depot, but I didn't get it yet. They were out of stock or I'm quite sure she'd have bought it. Then later today, we went to a local hardware store where I found a small bench top band saw, which she bought for me. So now I have another new machine. It's not large, only a 9" width, but it will make a lot of my small, irregular sized parts making chores a whole lot easier. I spent a couple of hours truing up the wheels, adjusting the blade guides and bearings, degreasing the whole thing, it was covered in cosmoline! Right now, I just have it sitting on one of the benches but it will get fastened down permanently later, or maybe a mobile base made.

I am also adding a few pics of the lamps my wife and I remade last weekend. The befores and afters. They started out looking like plain old brass lamps but we countried them up by making new bases from candle lanterns and used quite a bit of the shop machines to custom make the wooden parts, then just reused the old sockets, hardware, and shades. The whole thing was her idea and we both figured out how to see it through and then did it. We have one lamp on either side of the bed I built for us (still never applied a finish to the bed ).

It was a great weekend.
09-14-2015 11:44 AM
RainMan 2.0
Originally Posted by Herb Stoops View Post
You might be able to cut some short pieces of plastic pipe and split them lengthwise, drill a hole in them and stack them up to shim the saw to the right height. Or cut some doughnuts out of wood and split them.
I use 1/2" rubber flooring in my gym . It might be an option as long as your not tripping over it . It's nice to stand on and saves your back to if it were to go as far as where you stand while operating the saw
09-14-2015 10:17 AM
Herb Stoops You might be able to cut some short pieces of plastic pipe and split them lengthwise, drill a hole in them and stack them up to shim the saw to the right height. Or cut some doughnuts out of wood and split them.
09-07-2015 08:17 AM
Duane Bledsoe Looking at the saw, the plastic housing is rounded where it meets the stand rails so it sits on the rails and sort of form fits to them. I don't see a good way to separate the saw fron the stand and insert anything at all, especially a sheet of ply without either raising the saw over an inch (just by using 1/2" ply and accounting for the curved area where it sits on the rails also) or reducing the stability of the connection to the stand due to surface area contact being reduced (by adding only some type of spacer at the connection points only).
09-06-2015 06:56 PM
Stick486 @Duane Bledsoe ...

see the pictures in this thread...
add the ply between the saw and the stand...
09-02-2015 12:36 AM
Stick486 one piece tire chocks for the wheels...
09-01-2015 09:24 PM
schnewj Great job, Duane. The shop is really looking nice. Your lucky to have an understanding and helpful wife, also. Hang onto her, good ones don't come along too often.

By the way, kudos on the torsion box table. I was following the build and you did a fantastic job.
09-01-2015 07:59 PM
Stick486 get crutch pads for the straight feet or adjustable stool pads.. there's your half inch...
look to see about lowering the tire axle...
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