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    Ed that looks like an improvement. About the same...

    Ed that looks like an improvement. About the same size as what I'm using, stores against the wall. Might still need to keep things from sliding.

    John
    How do you sharpen at the sink; In the sink?...
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    The Honeymoon is Over

    That blissful time was nice. But yesterday I put the snowblower away and started the lawnmower.
  3. Contrarian view here I think the bench shapes...

    Contrarian view here

    I think the bench shapes the method of work to a large extent. A small shop shapes a disciplined worker (put tools away often). A lame little face vise teaches clamping to the...
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    Sharpening Station

    I don't have a dedicated station and I use water stones, which can be messy. Here's my latest setup. It takes a few minutes to set up and take down but meets the need. This week I used it to sharpen...
  5. Nice bench Pete, but what do those 2 bolts in the...

    Nice bench Pete, but what do those 2 bolts in the bottom do?
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    Anyone have such an inspection done on a small...

    Anyone have such an inspection done on a small tank? Didn't think so.

    Were I the inspector I would never pass one because it would not be possible to know the condition at any reasonable cost.
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    So you have tested it, good to go then.

    So you have tested it, good to go then.
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    This seems like it could work if it is managed...

    This seems like it could work if it is managed carefully. You will not want the humidity in the shop to be high enough to condense on the tools. And you will not want to cause big swings in wood....
  9. An elbow near the inlet of a fan will degrade fan...

    An elbow near the inlet of a fan will degrade fan performance (CFM). On a cyclone the effect will be on dust removal (% of various sizes). This is not as easy to predict and we have to trust the...
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    That's a pretty cool grinder but it is not...

    That's a pretty cool grinder but it is not common. There may be a reason for that. You might find it inconvenient to use. Gary's suggestion to try a temporary solution might be best.

    Now about...
  11. I prioritize headroom. My small shop has 97"...

    I prioritize headroom. My small shop has 97" which allows me to stand up 8' sheet goods. Turning a sheet over requires less space that way, and storage is easier.
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    Explosion hazards

    When working at a factory I saw a natural gas odorizing station in a separate building. Good so far but the building was built of concrete blocks, about 12 ft x 20 ft x 10 ft. No relief panels, guess...
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    For blowoff nozzles 30 psi is the right number,...

    For blowoff nozzles 30 psi is the right number, not sure if that was a company rule or an OSHA reg.
  14. A little domestic industrial engineering - in support of cats

    I may have posted this before but it may be inspiring to post it again.

    To keep the mess contained and convenient and to control the odor I built this room under the basement stairs. It required...
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    Glenn What's your plan for the ceiling? What...

    Glenn
    What's your plan for the ceiling? What type of lights?
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    Heating ductwork and PVC are not good choices for...

    Heating ductwork and PVC are not good choices for dust collection. The heating ducts have unsmooth surfaces and poor connections. It's not critical if it leaks a bit, has high friction, doesn't...
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    I put a ceiling in my basement shop and it is a...

    I put a ceiling in my basement shop and it is a big improvement. I installed cheap plastic faced fiberglass tiles. These are waterproof-ish and can be bent in half and snapped in place. This let me...
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    I always forget . . . Is it the letter "S" or the...

    I always forget . . . Is it the letter "S" or the letter "C" that is silent in the word scent?
    - Glenn (the second "N" is silent) Bradley

    Rhymes with Perth
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    This is interesting, how are these cars charged?

    This is interesting, how are these cars charged?
  20. Bring home a piece and see how it behaves.

    Bring home a piece and see how it behaves.
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    Mechanical cleaning would be my approach. That...

    Mechanical cleaning would be my approach. That would not contaminate the inside. Soak in motor oil and work it in well. Then wipe clean.
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    Electric Car Challenges

    Here's my concern

    If I don't own a parking spot because I live in an apartment I can't charge my car while I'm home.

    Can I use a public charger? Well my car needs a couple hours charge every...
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    Rip out the drywall? In a bathroom? That can't be...

    Rip out the drywall? In a bathroom? That can't be easier. Let's see;

    Electrical boxes to work around - same either way

    Remove mirror and reinstall - added work

    Remove and reinstall toilet -...
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    A drill press can be one of the more valuable...

    A drill press can be one of the more valuable machines in the shop and can be a one in a lifetime purchase so the cost is not a big issue.
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    An Unlikely Success

    While this is about shellac on drywall, it can apply to shellac on wood. About a year ago I determined to refinish my bathroom walls.

    Removing the wallpaper - Steam does nothing when the...
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