Monday, October 31, 2005

Wow Progress!

I finely made some serious progress on the shop this weekend. Finished the north wall in the milling section, hammered on some siding from an old grainery, and installed some lumber storage racks. Used old oak chairs bolted to the wall, makes a great rack. I also put together some floor joists in the rafters to put down a floor in the attic, I'm going to use that area for storage. I'm also going to make a couple of storage racks for 8' stock up there as well. The big challenge was to install the folding stairs in the ceiling, the used ones I have didn't have a frame anymore. Oh well a little redneck engineering and I have them in place. well its the last day of October and still no snow! The weather has been just to nice, I wont have to burn much propane if this keeps up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Everything seems to happen sporadically, I got the lathe mounted on the new bench last night. This lathe is an older model and has a motor that is mounted below the bench. I tried it out last night and it works pretty good. Now I need to sharpen all the cutters! With the lathe in the middle of the bench, I have room for the drill press to the right and the scroll saw to the left. I might even put the bench grinder to the right of the lathe so I have a handy sharpening station.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

October Update

Finally got back to the shop this weekend. Finished up with the firewood storage and I'm ready to let the snow pile up. I scored some fancy sheet goods from my wife's uncle, oak veneer, walnut, hickory. Now I just need a place to put it. Spent a couple of hours putting together my first permanent workbench on the east wall, its about 14' long. Now I can shift some stuff and move on to the north wall finish that and put a couple of stationary tools there permanently. I am getting close to a final layout but it may take years!