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12/1/2016 11:24:39 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Under Pressure
While the icy cold weather has seen me mostly soaking up the sun in the loft or stealing the cat's place in front of the fire, I also had a great Thanksgiving at my sister's house and had a few days with my husband home.  Included was a little online shopping (or a lot) and doing just a couple house repairs that needed hubby around in case I got stuck in a tiny hole in the ceiling above the master bathtub.  (Yeah... that is another story.)
In any case, since we decided that an induction stove/oven is ...

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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10/3/2016 10:32:09 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Back to Bricks
While waiting on my workshop floor paint to cure, and anxiously circling the shop to peer in at the windows and doors... I finally realized that I could be doing something very productive with my time instead of wasting it.  Not something fun mind you... but productive.

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...

9/18/2016 12:33:08 PM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

Not Shocking but a Little Bloody.
While the weather was mostly agreeable, I got the workshop interior insulated and the foam-board up for the ceiling.

9/10/2016 8:25:46 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Just in Time!
While the weather forecast predicted temperatures staying in the mid 40's at night, it clearly got a lot colder last night...

9/8/2016 4:52:03 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Keeping at it.
This morning I when I decided to do a second coat of paint on the parking area shed door trim, I went ahead and mimicked the style of trim and edging on the left side of the door by taping off and painting a matching strip of green.  I think it looks much better than a solid, over-sized area of white.

Then I moved the wood shed-let back out from itís place, raised the bricks to help sit it better, and got it shoved and lifted ...

9/7/2016 5:54:13 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Just some Before and After pictures...
I am quite impressed with how similar the real thing looks to the tentative idea I mocked up when first thinking about building the little workshop shed.

9/6/2016 7:22:37 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Basically done with the exterior.
Over the last couple days I have gotten the trim all painted up (and done about half of the trim on the parking area shed done).  So the exterior of my little workshop is basically done.  There is things like installing a couple flood lights, painting the door, and contouring the landscape to replace the brick patio, but that can all be done later.
I have to admit that I think it is looking pretty darn good, and even the extra blocking I had to do at the top of the swing door is looking pretty spiffy. ...

9/2/2016 4:49:33 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Closer and Closer...
Good news.  Went to the store this morning and at least the guy I met with at the Ace/Moore Lumber is pretty sure I can return the 8 extra trim boards.  I guess I was thinking they were 8ft, but they are 16 foot, so I ordered twice as many as I needed.  He also thinks that the two siding panels I have left should be able to be returned (though there will probably be some kind of re-stocking type fee).  The trim boards and siding are VERY expensive, and can't really be used for anything else, so any money back at ...

8/26/2016 5:01:16 PM - 5 Comments - Read Full Post

A door on both ends.
While the sliding doors still need handles, today has been dedicated to the other end's door.... with mixed results.

8/22/2016 12:24:50 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Flannel Pajamas and Catching Up.
This morning I slept in... all the way to 8am.  Late compared to the 5 to 6am I have been getting up recently.  However, my distress at sleeping late faded quickly away as the clouds filling the sky registered.  So back into my flannel-fuzzy pajamas.

8/19/2016 5:06:30 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Making progress, but struggling.
The physical work is do-able... with some creativity.  Like bending backwards as if I was trying to do limbo while carrying a sheet of siding to get the upper edge under the roof edge while half crab-walking backwards so that I don't tear up the tar strip painted on the bottom edge of the siding.  Then setting it down on some soft fabric and reversing the whole situation to get it scooted up onto a board to get it all level.
Do-able.  Exactly.
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8/15/2016 6:30:31 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

On my own again.
With added visitors up this weekend and mom and dad leaving a few days earlier than planned, we have not gotten much more done than at the last update.  However, having the roof completed is sure a relief.  Of course, I don't think it has rained a single drop since it was finished.  Isn't that always the way?
We also got the electrical roughed in and the paper up on the other long wall so it will soon be ready for windows and siding.
It would have been nice to get other ...

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