I could not help bringing a little dachshund joy to my new finishing work station. The is a copy of the brilliant single line drawing Pablo Picasso did of his beloved dachshund Lump.
My problem as a woodworker is I can build so much faster than I can finish my pieces. So I spend a lot of time coming up with finishing and more importantly drying setups that take up space and grind me to a halt. That is a thing of the past with the Finish Master 9000 Work Station (just kidding but that’s what it feels like). I raided my steel rack hard and only had to buy a few sticks of 1x2” 11gauge. The verticals are stout 2x2x 1/4”. All the pipes are my favorite combination of 1 1/4 and 1” Sch 40 which sleeve together just right. The ply is reused sawhorse worktable tops primed and painted with leftover paint. 13’ of work space. 48 receivers. This covered open air area has about a foot of fall so I designed this with scaffold leveling jacks. I had it dialed in level using string and level and winding sticks in about 10 minutes. I can hang my full body weight on any one of the red pipes. Flexible storage for long stock or shelves below. Welding for woodworkers. Yes indeed.
My old auto darkening welding helmet died yesterday. Luck would have it that this ArcOne helmet was on a clearance table at my local store, Matheson Tri Gas, and it was $100 off the regular price.
The crazy pattern is really not my style, but it is a great hood. Fantastic field of vision and simple digital controls and a very comfortable fit make this a lucky buy for me. Papi did not seem to care. He knew his Big Daddy was in there.
I made a couple of tool organizers yesterday. These are really handy for keeping tools I am using off my work surface, safe and undamaged, but always at the ready. One of the biggest issues is keeping chisels’ edges perfect, and keeping the four Japanese saws I am always using accessible, as well as rulers, squares, pliers, wrenches, awls, etc. I made a video series on the operations to make these and will post it on askwoodman.tv
A twilight canoe ride and swim on Lady Bird Lake with Sue and Papi was just what I needed to knock back the grump factor after a long very hot day in the shop.
For the platform bed series on AskWoodMan I wanted to have a headboard design for this frame. This headboard bolts in place with plugged t-nuts/machine bolts on all lapped faces and dry fit mortise and tenon on all other connections. So it completely breaks down. No glue. Rock solid for whatever it may be subjected to. It is also inclined at 5deg so it should be really comfortable to lean up against with pillows. One of my constraints wass that I wanted a fllat deck on the top for glasses/phone/clock/water. I can’t wait to see what other people will do with this as starting point.
This is platform bed frame design sustained me during my early years of woodworking. I made hundreds of them. I have not made one in 23 years but thought it would be a practical, strong and accessible project to share on AskWoodMan.tv. This is beech with poplar slats. It breaks down with machine bolts for easy install and moving. Not one bit of giggle. After all these years of building I could not improve on this design. It was a trip down memory lane. I am going to make a rolling storage drawer and some side tables for it too. Full build videos to come.
For over 25 years I have used Bahco 8032 Ergo chisels and have never found anything that even comes close to their functional design. They were discontinued in the 80’s and I have never ever seen any come for sale. One of my AskWoodMan subscribers emailed me Saturday about a new Ebay listing for four. I paid the Buy Now price and today they arrived. I had never bought that big 32mm so now my set is complete. They are in good shape and have a lot more steel than mine. The seller was in a shared shop so painted his tools blue. That is easily cleaned off. Next stop, AskWoodMan’s sharpening spa.
Picked up 200bf of 4/4 beech today for $2.10/bf. It is hit/missed to 15/16” or 24mm. I really don’t think of Germany as a lumber exporter but this bundle was marked Germany. Really nice clear stuff with very little mineral and straight lined on one edge. Sehr Gut!
The self adhesive steel SAE/Metric Starrett tape finally arrived for my new table saw guide rail build. Papi is inspecting the precision of the tape install. Fortunately I passed. You only get one shot at getting it right. I just posted a video on the process.
The drill press table support stand is done (except for paint) and I could not be more pleased. This is my full weight on the outside corner and not bit of give. The only tool required is an adjustable wrench to lock the jamb nuts. Macro adjustments can be made in a few minutes with the central screw which raises and lowers the whole unit, and the whole thing can be completely removed by loosening four bolts in the base.
March 30, 2013: I made some good Saturday progress on this drill press table support I have been thinking about for a long time. Almost all drill presses have the same inherent problem of the table flexing under load. Many will put a support prop under the center, but this does not keep the edges from flexing. So this sleeved setup with complete threaded and lockable support is going to nip that flex in the bud. Absolute 4 corner threaded support. The bottom base plate is bolted with t-nuts to the lower slots. Once it gets welded up it will be self aligning. The macro adjust is going to be by central acme threaded rod. I am making a video series on this to share on AskWoodman.tv.
Day 86/365 2013: This is the guide rail, rolling carriage, and extension table setup with router table insert I made for my friend Jerome Little. This is a 1947 Unisaw that had no cast iron extension wings, just the main saw body. Jerome bought this saw from a closing broom factory in Massachusetts. From a broom factory to the shop of an incredible guitar maker. Talk about your full circles. LittleGuitarWorks.
85/365 2013: The new guide rails are done and installed on both my table saw as well the Hitachi CB75F. There are intro and install videos posted on AskWoodMan.tv with complete fabrication videos coming soon.
Day 84/365: Now that is what I call a bandsaw! This is a VerySuperCool Tools t-square fence and custom guide rail just installed on a large capacity metal cutting bandsaw. The small extrusion as a fence is just a placeholder until they decide which heavier profile to install. If they like their new fence system as much as we are sure they will, there will about 7 more of these setups this large aluminum fabricating facility will need. They manufacture industrial scale heat exchangers for natural gas liquification. I missed posting my picture of the day. The pictures really help me recall events and keep track of what I worked on. I am back on the program.