Shop Notes

2018 Year in Review

December 30, 2018

This has been a busy year. I was able to complete some large and small projects, but the process of buying a house got in the way of doing production work to prepare merchandise for a proper booth and show. So what did I get to accomplish during the past year? New Workbench Most of the early part of the year was spent planning and building a proper workbench. I documented this build extensively. The bench has been a solid…

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Design Projects

Wide Bookcase

November 18, 2018
Completed Bookcase

During a recent move, a bookcase was terminally damaged. Now, this wasn’t the fault of the movers. They did a good job trying to prevent a particle board disaster, but Walmart’s special couldn’t survive the move. As a result, a number of photographs lost their display home. The way to solve this wasn’t a trip to the store for more particleboard destined to collapse. Instead, I took the opportunity to pick up some lumber and have a go at the…

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Moving Shop

November 18, 2018

I have been working out of my current garage for about five years.  The space has converted from a shared garage to a full fledged wood shop during that period.  After completing the new workbench and adding proper lumber storage, the shop was finally set up in an open and efficient manner. Then, we went and bought a house.  The process happened very fast, and we were careful to make sure there would be a space for a new wood…

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Design Projects

A New Workbench

July 1, 2018

Apologies in advance as this will be a photo-heavy post. My First Workbench Since moving into our current house about five years ago, I have been working on a small workbench built out of 2x4s and OSB.  The work surface measured 4 feet by 30 inches.  It also had four casters fixed to the feet. This had started out as a general workbench, not something woodworking focused. Eventually, I lopped off the pegboard back and added a face vise.  This…

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Design Projects

Growler Tote

January 21, 2018

As mentioned in an earlier post, it was suggested to me that I should build a carrier for beer growlers. That design, incorporating a number of different curves, proved to be a time suck in the shop.  I may return to it later, after having made proper templates for routing the various curved parts.  However, I wanted to simplify the project to make it easier to run a batch of ten to twenty at a time for sale. A few…

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