The past few days, the woodshop has been put to work on a project that is not a piano! In December we installed new hardwood flooring and planned that we would fabricate baseboard molding on our own. I favored a lighter contrasting wood, and my creative wife suggested a laminated baseboard with a walnut detail. I endorsed her idea despite the extra labor. I’m going to like it!
Here’s the baseboard in process in the shop today:
It’s put together with poplar and walnut. With exposure to light, the poplar will darken. I’m looking forward to seeing it with some polyurethane finish.
We’re gearing up for deck building this summer. Sketchup has been invaluable as a design tool. Notes:
- Detached shade structure is sized for optimal shade through out the seasons
- Shading material is planned to be cloth supported between the joists, with flexibility for rolling back
- Shade structure is to be steel because of the large spans
- Decking is to be hardwood for durability and beauty
- Hot tub? May be an item for 2015.
I recently took the time to re-learn Sketchup. I’m still inefficient with it, but its capability for joining conceptual drawing with accurate scaling is awesome. I really love it! Though I’ve played with it a number of times in the past, I think it’s finally in my toolbox.
Here’s the outfeed table I spent time designing last night. The over-hang on the right provides clearance for dust collection piping on table saw. Still coming in the design:
- router table inset
- storage for router and tablesaw accessories
When the neighbors built a white vinyl fence along the north property line a triangle of land was mostly fenced off and of little value for gardening. When I built the shop, I thought that space would be good for storing trailers. With the help of a fence along the property, I took the initiative to build a fence and gate. Given how time gets away, I actually got a bid from a contractor to put in a white vinyl fence with a 10-foot gate. When I saw the bid of $1500, I immediately re-thought the process. I thought I could build something pretty nice for less money. Given the price of high grade cedar, it wasn’t cheap but it wasn’t $1500.
I recently decided to upgrade from the crude key leveling blocks I had been using, and enjoyed making these blocks.
Working with small pieces like this can be a wood working challenge. Here’s the techniques I used:
I selected a a good long piece of stock (I used walnut) and milled it to 9mm X 25mm. I cut a 4mm X 10 mm slot in each end of the stock with a vertical cut on the tablesaw. With long stock and a tall fence this can be a comfortable, safe operation. This could also be done nicely on the bandsaw. While the stock was still long, I bored the countersinks for the nuts and the concentric through bores for the bolts at the drill press. I bored the countersink slightly smaller than the cross dimension of the hex bolt, so that it could be tapped in for a snug fit. I bored the through hole slightly smaller than the threads of the bolt, so that the wood block would act as a locking mechanism on the bolt. After boring, I cross cut the ends of the long stock to form the 25mm X 30mm blocks. Finally, I secured the nut in the block with a bit of super glue. The bolt I used was a #8 machine screw.
I bought the stroke sander several months ago from an out-of-business cabinet shop. This weekend when my daughter Erin came to town, we worked on a first class coffee table for her. It is built of 6/4 hardwood panels that we glued up. The largest of the panels is 28″X22″. The stroke sander worked great for creating a smooth, flat surface. Also, I was pleased with the effectiveness of dust collection for this inherently messy machine! The videos shows Erin sanding one of the cherry panels.
I posted photos of the foundation pour 18 months ago. In the last month, I’ve made a pretty complete transition from working ON the shop to working IN the shop … but ever since framing was complete the shop equipment was in. So I’ve been tripping over things for quite a while.
I won’t say its done, because it probably never will be. But after finishing a project and getting ready to start a new one, it was pretty clean so I thought I’d share photos.
The sweetest part to me, right now, is the radiant floor heat. I did the final plumbing two weeks ago and fired up the heating unit (80 gallon 75,000 btu water heater in the attic). Temperatures outside have been in the teens. The shop floor has been a constant 73 degrees. Hmmmm. Nice. After Christmas I worked on a project with my daughter, Erin, who was in town for the holiday. I smiled when I saw that she’d kicked off her shoes and was standing in stocking feet while applying finish to the work.
It was really none to soon. Most of the last two weeks have been “Red” pollution days along the Wasatch Front, and wood burning has been prohibited. (I guess it wouldn’t have stopped me from burning a good hot fire in the woodstove, but I really don’t want to be a part of the problem.)
A slideshow of the shop is here:
Slide show on Flickr
If you mouse over the show, you will find a “STOP” button in the lower left, which will allow you to progress at your own rate. If you click on the center of the photo a description will be displayed.