Saturday, November 1, 2014

Need to work on my penetration

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Need to work on my penetration

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Cleaning up loose ends - follow up to the Shopsmith storage cabinet

So I have been away from blogging for a while (obviously making projects) so I revisted the site and realized I had a comment on what the finished Shopsmith cabinet looked like in place.  Here are the resulting pics:

And here it is in place under the Shopsmith.

I'm not entirely satisfied with the storage because some stuff fits, some doesn't.  I'll fine tune this over time.

To accommodate my jointer, I decided to make this little sled to hold it in place.

The sled for the  jointer makes it easier to get it in and out.

I have a few saw blades . . . wow.

Latest garage pics of project trike

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New project - KyotoCruiser

So we recently sold our Mazda Miata.   It needed a lot of front end bodywork that would have been very cost prohibitive, if we were going to spend much time and energy we decided we would be better off with something we wanted to fix up.   We looked at a few project cars but then decided to build a bike instead.  

So after doing some research we went to the web site and purchased six bike plans.  The one we settled on is called the KyotoCruiser and it is a side by side recumbent bike.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Shopsmith cabinet

So I finally got up the nerve to build a cabinet for under the Shopsmith.   My first challenge was getting the wood home, as the wood wouldn't quite fit in the back of our Rav4.   I went back in to the store and had them rip my lumber further so I could get it in.   The unfortunate part was the temperature, wind, and boards that kept sliding off the seat and out the back door.  It was not very amusing but I eventually got it all home.   

So in this learning experience I got out my dado blades and worked on my first dado's.  I was doing pretty good until I redid a cut and then set everything up again... the table slipped slightly and I created this ventilated masterpiece:

So it was back to cutting and getting a replacement peice cut out.  

While working I discovered a potential hazard while working.   It would be very remote possibility, but better safe than sorry.   

The cupboard for glue was bare so I dug around and found my son's old school glue.  

As we mocked it up I had a great opportunity to sneak a photo of my lovely wife holding everything together.  

I stopped one night to get some straight router bits and picked up this brad nailer from Harbor Frieght... wow!   That made things so much faster.  The directions say to use screws but my tests in the plywood weren't very favorable.  If it was 3/4 it might have been better.