Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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frontpage "New Toy for the Shop" What do you find when you unwrap a saw on a crate.

The day before the electrician installed the 220 in the shop, Woodcrafter had 15% off of select Jet power tools. Would you believe it -- the one I wanted was on sale with FREE shipping. I ordered it immediately. The following day I put my portable table saw on Craigslist and within an hour the saw I had been using for the last 6 years was gone. It was the end of an era; I was actually a little sad to see it go. It worked very hard for me, and I learned so much using that saw (mostly the hard way). Jet Tools is a subsidiary of the Walter Meier Group, a multi-national corporation that also boasts the Powermatic power tools and Wilton hand tools nameplates.

Read more: 13 Sep 2013 Frog Shop Make-over Part 6

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frontpage "Epoxy on the Floor" The floors got a coat of epoxy.

I had been coveting a sealed epoxy floor in my workshop ever since I saw a picture of this dude's workshop on site a few months earlier. I knew it would be a lot work; I actually talked myself out of it a few times. Then finally after several hours of research, I decided I was going to do it. I actually ended up buying something different than what was recommended most and the jury is still out on its long term durability, but for now it looks great. I got up crazy early and cleared everything out of the workshop – I filled the Jeep space AGAIN.

Read more: 30 Aug 2013 Frog Shop Make-over Part 5

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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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