Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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frontpage “New Lights, 220 & Outlets” New shop brighter and more powerful.

Power Upgrade: I just finished a major outdoor furniture build, and I had a few more dollars to contribute to the make-over. The dream of a cabinet table saw was still present in my mind, but there was one problem. I needed 240 volts for the saw I wanted. And there was that little problem of too-few-outlets-and-no-lighting that needed to be overcome as well. I called a buddy from on base where I worked. He came out and gave me an estimate, and a week later he was in my garage attic running lines.

Read more: 16 Aug 2013 - Frog Shop Make-Over Part 4

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frontpage “Brand Loyalty & Memories of My Dad” Now there are lots of options for woodworking.

All my dad's tools had a bright red Craftsman label on them. Sears succeeded in branding their tools with me before branding was cool.

My dad always bought his tools from Sears. I have great memories of trips to the "big city" so we could get him a new tool. He was the kind of guy who went to the store with a purpose. We walked into the tool department, he picked up what he came for, paid with cash of course, and then we were on our way home. It was back in the day if your Craftsman tool broke you could take it back and get a new one absolutely free. Hmmm what happened to those days of service and quality? Gone with the knowledgeable sales person, I guess.

Read more: 9 Aug 2013 - Craftsman Tools

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frontpage "New Storage Shed" A Place for all the items from the garage.

The day finally arrived for shed delivery, and I was very excited. I had to work though, and Jules was left to deal with the delivery, "no big deal those guys just put the prefab thing together, right?" Sometimes things just don't go the way you want them to. I had worked on leveling the space the weekend prior, and I thought I had it pretty good. I didn't get out the level and really square it all up – it was a shed surely they could finish up a little leveling if it wasn't perfect. Turns out -- I was wrong.

Read more: 2 Aug 2013 Frog Shop Make-Over Part 3

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frontpage “Find your own perfect" Only you know what's acceptable for your projects.

Maybe I have old eyes or just bad eyes, but I can't distinguish between the marks of a 64th of an inch. I have a ruler marked to 1/64th, and I've tried countless times to use it, but frankly I can never tell exactly where one tiny mark ends and the next begins. Some will disagree with me, but if you can't distinguish it with 20/20 vision (corrected or otherwise) then it is very unlikely anyone looking at your project will ever even suspect. I've watched some woodworking shows where guys will put on magnifying goggles to read a precision ruler. I admire those guys; I have to admit I was very intimidated by them when I first started learning advanced techniques. I felt I could never achieve that level of perfection. The truth is I haven't achieved it, nor do I ever expect to. It is best to learn from those guys, watch their skills and techniques but do not be intimidated by them -- find your own comfort level and improve upon it as your skills improve.

Read more: 26 Jul 2013 1/64th of an Inch

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