Tuesday, December 27, 2016

projects continued

Today's projects include:
Continuation of working on the key holder to the point of applying finish.
Installing 3 shop lights over the shelving and desk area.
Installing 4 more shelves for shoe boxes adding 24 more spots.
Trying my hand at making two sleds for the table saw. One is off by .016 over 8"  The other I did not measure.
Put the bench grinder together and placed it on the arbor vice stand where it lived before.
Reading an email from Grizzly about dust collection system design.
Some cleaning of the shop.
Tearing apart the On30 yard on a door that has sat unused in a corner of the basement for over 10 years.

Yesterday I fixed a mirror of Nancy's.  The glass was loose, I copied the original method and installed three wedges per side to hold the glass and reinstalled the cardboard backing.

Monday, December 26, 2016

key holder

Today because I am still uncertain if I am doing the right thing with the ductwork I put on a dust mask, onion rings, safety glasses, and hearing protection and cut up one of my pieces of oak.  

First I ripped it into four pieces on the bandsaw.  
Used the jointer and then the planer to make them a consistent thickness.  
Added lap joints.
Then glued them together into 9x27 and 13 x 13 inch panels.
I took a bath while waiting for the glue to set.
Then I cleaned the parts up with the planer and hand sander.

Then I started work on making a crosscut sled for my table saw.  
The whole time I had woodworking videos playing on youtube.
And I did not take a single picture.

Tomorrow I will use the sled and finish the project.

Friday, December 23, 2016

through the wall

Yesterday I spent the day putting in the first section of the dust collection in.  Seven inch diameter pipe from the cyclone down the wall along the floor and through the wall and into the ceiling of the shop turning and aiming down the wall.

Next is some blast gates and turning to the left and right along the walls of the shop.

Monday, December 19, 2016


After thinking about the layout of the dust collection, the shop tool locations etc... I wanted a break as the right plan has not gelled yet.

Today I worked on wiring up the electrical outlets for the overhead lights.  12 shop lights on one switch, all ran back to the panel as a single block.  I could have a few more lights on the circuit but chose not to as I plan to have my stereo and some of the desk outlets on the same circuit.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

more lumber

 Tonight lilli and jon watched me cut more of the tree into boards.  I cut the remainder of the 30 inch sections into 3/4" thick planks.  Then with the lessons learned there moved over to the 56 inch long one.  As this on is much heavier it did not want to slide.
 So I stuck a bunch of round pencils under it...  It worked well.  But the saw is getting bogged down and breaker going.  I moved from a 15 amp breaker labeled lights to a 20 amp breaker stating washer and dryer.
 It was still a lot of work.
Tomorrow we will finish cutting the board.  I really should be using a blade with less TPI for this.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Home Sawmill

 Today I added the riser block to the bandsaw, increasing the capacity from 5-3/4 to 12 inches.  Not that difficult of an operation, but I did find another thing I do not like about the bandsaw.  The bar that raises and lowers the upper guide has a gear side and a flat side.  A pair of set screws push on the flat side to keep enough friction so it will not move on its own.  But the flat and the gear are out of parallel so I have the choice to either have friction and binding or no contact and friction.   I chose the later.  I may measure the amount and let grizzly know that the tolerance needs to be tighter.

 Resawing my first piece of wood with a 1/2 inch 10TPI blade.
 It cut through the two by four wonderfully, I unfortunately was twisting the board resulting in an odd cut.

 Next I set up a new way.
 Adding an infeed and outfeed table.
 Making a back stop
 And set a hickory log on there.

 And cut away....

 The wood has some really nice grain.
 Tomorrow I plan to cut into 1" planks and let it dry for a while, as it is very wet, I am thinking it will be a year.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ductwork planning

This weekend I continued the work on the dust collector system.  I had to move the cyclone away from the garage door about a foot.  So Nancy and I took down the three things, moved the french cleats and reinstalled the three components.  I had to modify the shelf above the garage for clearance.  I used the 5 inch flex tube that came with the dust collector to connect the bags up.  Next is to make a strap or shelf to hold the tube out of the way of the garage door.
Also is a bit of planning.  At the top and bottom of the dust collector is a 9 degree slow sweep elbow.  On the upright is one 4 inch inlet, but I need to install a few more in the garage, and certainly many more in the basement.
Speaking of the basement, how to get from the garage to the basement?  As I do not want to cut concrete I need to enter at the joist level.  In the lefthand corner of the shop, well 30 inches over towards the drillpress.  The issues are
1. There is a heat duct to our bedroom in the last 8 inches of the wall between the garage and house.
2. The last 50 inches of joists are turned long ways and I can not cut through them.
3. All the crossways joists have heating ductwork in them, to the living room or the bedroom.
4. I don't have many good 7 inch fittings, well actually I have quite a few but are they the right ones?
The seven inch are standing up in front.
The six inch by the work light.
The five inch by the tugger.
The four, three, and two inch is on the floor laying down.  The stuff larger than 7 inch and flex hose is by the garage door, so is the plastic, except the long pipes of 4" plastic that I stored under the deck.

So 4 inch pipe and smaller to the individual machines.  Stay as large as possible, use what I have, avoid sharp turns, use the higher quality parts, and allow for changes later.

Back to the second picture:
Coming from the cyclone on the left, I have a 90 degree , then I have a choice, turn 90 into the shop, which means I run out of 90's, am in joists of the shop, without seven inch components to change directions.  Or I can use my one 7-7-7 joint, keep one straight and the other go into the basement.  Then use my 90 to aim downward on the wall.  I like that idea.  I think I can do it with only minor modifications to the supporting structure of the house.  I think I will have to sister some steel to a joist for peace of mind.

Once I am aiming down the wall what do I do?
I have to go left for some machines, and right, around the corner following the walls to the desk for others.  The highest I would be, about 3 feet from the ceiling.  The lowest is the floor.  What height should I do?  If  I ever add windows I don't want to move the ductwork.  I don't want the extra corners to get to the ceiling.  I don't want to use sharp elbows.  I think I will do just below the window level, with the drops aimed down.  Oh and I used my only 777 joint.  I do have one 666 that is a 180 / 30.  I would like a 45 45.  I have a 777 that is a sharp 90.  Is it a good idea to use a sharp 90 so early in the system?  Do I buy a component?  Do I buy low gauge or high gauge?  I looked online

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Hanging Stuff

We hung up the pictures in the living room.  Nancy made sure they were all level.
I hung shelves in the basement for my shoe boxes, I tried to make sure they were level too.
Nancy and I also hung up a shelf in the garage, ala Jay Bates from youtube.  The depth is 32 inches, about 25 inches from the ceiling.  They are not necessarily level.  We moved the moving blankets and some empty boxes up there, I am sure there are more items that could and should go up there.
And in the righthand side you can see my dust collector, or garage warmer as it will more than likely be, sucking air from the basement and dumping it into the garage.  The cyclone is held in place with two french cleats, and with Adam's help and the use of my new lift we lifted it into place.  Today I worked on making two brackets for holding the bags.  These will also be set onto a french cleat, as high as I can get them in the garage.  It will be a while before this is ready to run as it is 220 volt and I need to run electric for it.  If it indeed does reverse the draft on the waterheater and furnace chimney I will get a second blower to send air from the garage back into the basement.

We (Nancy) took a bunch of stuff down to the shed so I can park in the garage.  The malibu has a lack of heating so it is a morning frustration to scrape the frost off, or in the case of today, remove the snow.  I do plan to have enough space for both the car and the van in the garage.  There are many projects left to complete to have a functioning house and shop so I can focus on making toys full time.