A Few Tips for Workshop Demolition

Drywall removal

Workshop demolition isn’t difficult.  Hell, it’s downright fun.  However, have a plan before you get started. I removed all the drywall on two exterior walls of the workshop to make my life easier.  With the drywall removed, installing electrical, insulation and a new exterior door is much easier.  Here’s a few tips I discovered along … Read moreA Few Tips for Workshop Demolition

The Beast is Out of the Cage: Minimax FS30 Initial Setup

Minimax FS30 Change Over

Last night, I powered up the Minimax FS30 Jointer/Planer for the first time. The Minimax FS30 initial setup is straight forward.  Minimax secures everything to a wooden pallet.  They even nail down the fence and accessories.  The real trick is getting her off the pallet.  This thing is heavy. I stacked 2 x 8 scraps … Read moreThe Beast is Out of the Cage: Minimax FS30 Initial Setup

Embracing Electron Power: My Migration Towards Power Tools

Minimax FS30

I love my hand tools.  They’re soothing and cathartic.  But, the one thing I love more than using hand tools is designing furniture.  Eventually, I want to do this full-time.  If I want to take this passion full-time, I need to embrace electron power.   I need to focus more time on design and less on … Read moreEmbracing Electron Power: My Migration Towards Power Tools

Hath Hell Frozen Over: Cooling a Windowless Garage Part II

LG portable air conditioner

It seems that way…for now.  I would love to install a ductless mini split in the garage.  I have a limited budget, so I figured I would give a small portable air conditioner first.  If it doesn’t adequately cool the space, I will return it. So far, it is working pretty well.  It cooled down … Read moreHath Hell Frozen Over: Cooling a Windowless Garage Part II

My Own Private Hell: Cooling a Windowless Garage Workshop

The heat really has me down.  This past week was a scorcher.  Fortunately, the air was cool this morning.  So, I got up early and finished installing the radiant barrier in the small attic above the garage.  Time will tell if this offers any really benefit.  The forecast for the next few days is cooler. … Read moreMy Own Private Hell: Cooling a Windowless Garage Workshop

Putting the Sweat into Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust

The heat has been unforgiving.  I have a new appreciation for a good rust removal strategy, as I am constantly sweating on my nice hand tools.  I am careful to keep the refrigerator stocked with ice-cold beer.  The sheer amount of cold beer consumed is straining the budget.  I have to find a way to … Read morePutting the Sweat into Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust