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    Thanks for the suggestions!! I will definitely...

    Thanks for the suggestions!! I will definitely keep these in mind - I know for sure that I can't just sit around for 6-8 weeks, so having a list of things to learn will help me pass the time. ...
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    Darn it... after all this work and time, I'm...

    Darn it... after all this work and time, I'm finally getting back to where I can do woodworking (rather than construction) but my foot pain has progressed to the point where I will be getting bone...
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    One other thing I'll say is that the lumber...

    One other thing I'll say is that the lumber "quality" at the big box stores appears to be bouncing back too. While I generally use the lumber yard for most purchases (preferring their service,...
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    My good-but-slow-as-can-be contractor informed me...

    My good-but-slow-as-can-be contractor informed me yesterday that he still could not complete the exterior stairs job (all that remains is installing the door at the top) on our barn because his...
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    In a couple pics above, I believe I see you...

    In a couple pics above, I believe I see you relaxing and enjoying inspecting your hard work. All the pics are great, but I can truly relate to sitting back and appreciating a job well done - I...
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    Got all my pegboard installed by the new...

    Got all my pegboard installed by the new countertop, and have begun to "nest" by hanging frequently-used tools to suit my liking. Plenty of space for a one man shop. :)

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    And, got the...
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    Thanks Jim! The setting of those tool cabinets...

    Thanks Jim! The setting of those tool cabinets did go smoothly, so I would use that method again if a similar situation arose. :-)

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    Lots more done in (and around) the shop over the...
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    Thanks Jim! I was wondering if others would...

    Thanks Jim! I was wondering if others would think that was clever or silly... Totally agree that a little bit of color in my shop was much needed!
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    Busy busy busy in the shop (finally!) I have...

    Busy busy busy in the shop (finally!)

    I have been dreaming of installing the tool cabinets along the newly-free-from-stairs wall for a long while, and was able to move on that work over the past...
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    Hi Alan, My jointer stands at it's original...

    Hi Alan,
    My jointer stands at it's original height, and my table saw stands on a 3" riser... I'm fairly tall (6'2") and have always liked my saws a bit higher to ease back pain, and this...
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    It truly does amaze me how much of a difference...

    It truly does amaze me how much of a difference this change will make in my shop. I wanted the exterior entrance anyways (allows upstairs of barn to be an apartment, and enables visitors to enter...
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    Thanks Kris! Good to be back at it :-) --- ...

    Thanks Kris! Good to be back at it :-)

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    My folks were in from Pittsburgh over the weekend... their first visit to see us since start of COVID, and also nicely timed that they were able to...
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    Exterior stairs project is underway! The crew...

    Exterior stairs project is underway! The crew got all the structural work done yesterday, and door at top, railings, and lighting will follow in the near term.

    I'll follow behind with the...
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    I have the 6" version with 3 hp blower, 6" PVC...

    I have the 6" version with 3 hp blower, 6" PVC pipe (blast gates at each machine), and cartridge filter. About every 5-6 times that I empty my 30 gal chip barrel (so, 150+ gal of dust collected), I...
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    Good stuff, thanks guys. The cauls are wood,...

    Good stuff, thanks guys.

    The cauls are wood, with clear packing tape to prevent glue sticking etc.

    I had a small window of time to crank out this top... and then supply chain delays made our...
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    cauls caused discoloring?

    I built a piece for our new office at our home with a top of ambrosia maple. Finished with danish oil.

    Since the piece would sit as ready-to-assemble components in my shop for a long time before...
  17. I'm also a big fan of the red chip stone. What...

    I'm also a big fan of the red chip stone. What many don't realize is that round stone (such as "pea gravel") is very difficult to walk on as compared to angular stone (such as the red chip) which...
  18. Back in my post frame construction days, we built...

    Back in my post frame construction days, we built a dream garage for a guy over in Newtown Square area, and had impervious coverage considerations... We used red chip 3/8" stone for the drive and...
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    Good info! Make me want to consider doing the...

    Good info! Make me want to consider doing the rest of my shop even more now. Thanks!
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    In one area of my shop, I did this with 3/4"...

    In one area of my shop, I did this with 3/4" furring strips, topped with 3/4" subfloor, 3/4" rigid foam insulation in between. It's very solid and very comfortable, and makes me want to do the rest...
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    I checked Lowes and local lumber yard today for a...

    I checked Lowes and local lumber yard today for a small order of pressure treated... Lowes has stock and has the lower price... lumber yard was out of stock and would have charged more.

    Now......
  22. Not sure if you mentioned about your ceiling...

    Not sure if you mentioned about your ceiling plans in new shop. For your area that you're planning vertical lumber storage, you could choose to "skip a truss" (entails basically doubling up...
  23. Seems to me that for a temporary shop scenario...

    Seems to me that for a temporary shop scenario where you anticipate mostly working with the door shut, I would choose the "do nothing" branch of the decision tree. Especially given the long list of...
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    Thank goodness the apparently oh-so-fragile...

    Thank goodness the apparently oh-so-fragile supply chain caught up and our home addition work is back at full speed. Windows (delayed for 9 weeks!!) finally arrived, thereby enabling a flurry of...
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    I also have the Jasper and it works very nicely...

    I also have the Jasper and it works very nicely when I need a perfect circle. I was able to setup and use this the first time in less than 10 minutes, so I would rate as "very easy". $40 well...
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