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11/14/2016 4:47:04 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

A Long Shelf and a Hammer Storage box
Today I managed to get out of my crochet-on-the-couch-while-watching-tv mode and got a couple more boxes for the workshop built.
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11/8/2016 5:12:58 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Box of the... um... week.
While I was getting a box done almost every day for a while, I have been trying not to use decongestants after a bout of "rebound congestion".  Yep... it is just about exactly as fun as it sounds.  Unfortunately, this is one of my worst times of the year for allergies, congestion, sinus headaches, and general stuffiness.  So not taking decongestant has me feeling really quite miserable.
Of course, laziness is also a big factor in not getting much done lately... but also ...

10/27/2016 9:48:48 AM - Read Full Post

Hanging boxes of all sorts.
After finishing my first box, I got busy building a box almost every day.  The second box I built was a battery charging station, but I was unhappy with the over-size and generally loose fit.  I also quickly realized that I have very little need to have shelves for every single battery since they disappear into my tools again the moment they are ...

10/26/2016 4:03:04 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Organizing a workshop... one box at a time.
To make my workshop more adjustable I attached french cleats to the walls and will be building "boxes" on matching french cleat hangers.  This way I can move everything around when I change my mind about where everything will go.  And let's face it... I will probably change my mind about the organization in there at least four times in the next year.
The first item to go up though was actually the workbench.  It may also get changed in size and placement, so it too sits on an extra wide cleat. ...

10/16/2016 1:19:48 PM - 17 Comments - Read Full Post

Step By Step - How to Build my Semi-Thein-Clone
To preserve suction and reduce the cleaning of filters and containers of dust removal systems, you can add a pre-vacuum separator.  It removes large and (when done right) even small visible particles before they get to the shop vacuum.
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10/16/2016 10:37:47 AM - Read Full Post

Dust Collection and Suction Comparison with a Shop Vacuum
Jump ahead:The Spice Test (fine powder removal)Spice Test ResultsSuction Test on the WinnersSuction Test ResultsFinal ResultsStep By Step How to build my ...
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10/6/2016 2:03:28 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Walking directly into the workshop.
On days like this with 6 inches of snow on the ground, going outside to get to my workshop is the #1 reason the workshop got smooshed right up against the house.  I don't need to battle snow to get in.
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9/29/2016 9:29:09 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Two months later... and the shed is OFFICIALLY DONE.
Well, make that two months and four days since this was dropped off at my house...
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6/16/2016 6:34:27 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Reef Aquarium Double-Sliding Light Box
For most aquariums, a small lid or an opening in the front is enough to maintain the tank.  However, reef tanks seem to need constant maintenance and feeding corals from every angle to keep things running well.  A lid that opens at least half way along the front then is what most people would need.  Alas, do I ever do anything the easy way?
Nope.  My reef tank is two sided.  That means there is no real back or front along the length of the tank.  And a reef needs lots of ...

1/8/2016 10:10:54 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

New Tools and Project Plans
I love my family and my in-laws... and not just because they are all amazing people, but also because they know a girl can never have too many tools.
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8/18/2014 2:06:05 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Grill / Privacy Wall
This has been the year of landscaping around our house, and one of the few projects that I wanted to get done was a privacy divider between the front door and the rest of the patio and sliding glass doors.  Not only because the lack of a divider encourages just anyone to head towards the patio instead of stopping at the front door, but also because there is no telling what state of undress I might be in behind those glass doors.  Considering that my height of "dressed" around the house is a tank-top and pajama pants, this ...

7/2/2014 2:28:28 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

"Found" Items
These are, of course, just a few of my favorite or recent "Found" things, and I always keep an eye out for new old things to re-purpose... so I am sure I will post again about more "Found" items down the road.
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6/28/2014 12:15:30 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Tool Review: Get Jiggy With It...  Jigsaw Review and the Blue Ryobi One+ Jigsaw
First, as with my Drill Review, I won't be giving advice on how to use a Jigsaw since you can google it for a few seconds and have a great selection of how-to, including this one from TheFamilyHandyman:   a href="http://www.familyhandyman.com/tools/woodworking-tools/how-to-use-a-jigsaw/step-by-step" class="" ...

6/24/2014 12:32:17 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Lint Pot Makeover
So the first thing you should ask here is "What the heck is a Lint Pot?"
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Doors finished.6/15/2014 8:33:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Making Use of Dead Wall Space
From the Archives:  5/26/2011
One of the things that drives me nuts about a house is any "Dead" space.  As a pack-rat with very little self-control, any space in a house that could be put to storage, but isn't... is just  wrong.
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4/18/2014 3:10:43 PM - Read Full Post

180 Gallon Table
From the Archives:  6/29/2013
Our Goldfish "Pond" was only about 10 inches from the floor, and could not be seen very well from the dinner table that was in front of it, so we decided to move it to a taller stand.
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