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The selling point of my place was the 16X30 unfinished shop, and the Rent-To_Own deal. The living quarters are not great, an old trailer, but it certainly keeps me dry, and warm, or cool, as needed. I had the place paid off in 5 years.

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Today I built the motor mount for the Scroll Saw. I had initially thought of hanging the motor upside down under the upper shelf, then I noticed that there are oil cups on the end bearings. So upside down is not an option.

 

Here is the mount I came up with. This is probably not the final version, but it is close.

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I think I will replace the hinges with ones that are straps at both ends. This will give me a better screw layout. One split in the wood could take out both of the plate ends of the hinges. I have a couple of old pallets laying around, and I’m going to check to see if the larger timbers in them are hardwood. If so I’ll replace the pine support with a section of that. As you can see, if you look close I also need to add the rear motor mounting holes.

 

I also need to refine the motor mount. I seem, despite multiple measurements, to have it sticking out about an inch too far. With the belt vertical, side to side, it actually fits on the third step of the upper pulley, when on the first of the lower.

 

I want to come up with some sort of adjustable support for the far end of the motor plate. I don’t like the idea of all the weight resting on the belt. This could lead to excessive wear on the saw and motor bearings.

 

The spacing of the pulleys is, as far as I can tell, the same as if the motor was on the saw. In the future, if I get a few spare bucks and Ebay cooperates, I may buy a stock belt guard.

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Today I added a shelf in the ship building area, for my Cricut Explore machine. I looks odd, as the shelf itself is a section of some sort of mattress sales display, I found in the middle of the road a couple years back! It has a nice steel under frame. The shelf is a little too narrow for the machine to sit on, so I added a small plywood cross piece under the machine itself. The shelf is more than wide enough, thought, that the cutting mats will be fully supported. The shelf overhangs my spray booth, which now just clears the bottom of the shelf.

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2 hours ago, thibaultron said:

Today I added a shelf in the ship building area, for my Cricut Explore machine. I looks odd, as the shelf itself is a section of some sort of mattress sales display, I found in the middle of the road a couple years back! It has a nice steel under frame. The shelf is a little too narrow for the machine to sit on, so I added a small plywood cross piece under the machine itself. The shelf is more than wide enough, thought, that the cutting mats will be fully supported. The shelf overhangs my spray booth, which now just clears the bottom of the shelf.

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Really like the top with the sheeps!

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The only thing I have done recently in my model hobby has been to consider what I need to dispose of. Yes, in may ways downsizing sucks. The biggest issue I have is where to put the models I have built and where to put ones I still want to build. On the other hand, having retired in 2017, I have plenty of time to build. I suppose if I was still working, I could have a larger place. I'll take retirement. Space limitations requires prioritization of tools and projects. It also is easier on the wallet.

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So, this is what has been keeping me out of the shipyard for the past month....

 

I finally got around to building a tool cabinet for all (or most) of my hand tools in the "big" workshop. It is made from Honduran Mahogany with 1/2"Birch Ply panels. The design/plans came from Mike Pekovich at Fine Woodworking. I've made only a couple of minor modifications to the design.

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It is something of a "tardis" when you open it up:

 

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The doors are themselves boxes, so that the inner panels also open to reveal yet more storage:

 

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And  above the plane gallery, their is a shallow cupboard behind two more panel doors:

 

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One of the few modifications I made was the addition of some cleats on the external sides to hold my larger hand saws:

 

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A matching set on the other side hold a similar pair of hand saws. My smaller dovetail, carcass and tenon saws all hang "at the ready" on my Paul Sellers style workbench (a project I completed a few months ago).

 

Now I can finally get back to my Medway Longboat build....

 

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5 minutes ago, gjdale said:

The design/plans came from Mike Pekovich at Fine Woodworking. I've made only a couple of minor modifications to the design.

They have some nice plans I built a Garrett Hack Huntboard from them that came out very Nice indeed!:imNotWorthy: Kevin

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What's been keeping me from modelling. My last post in this section showed the deck we built out the back (aft) of the house.

 

Since then we've taken a window out of the kitchen (starboard) wall and replaced it with a glazed door, plus decking beside it which will transform an unusable wasteland beside the house into a worthwhile space. So we can go straight out of the kitchen to the side of the house instead of walking all the way around the back. There'll be a roofed portico outside the door, a pergola, somewhere to sit, access to a herb garden beside the house, and somewhere to put the rubbish bins out of sight of the street. After that our next project will be to build a ramp from the portico to get down to the front of the property if we ever end up in wheelchairs as we get older.

 

Taking out the window and making a doorway:

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Closing up the wall (with a tarp over the opening till we can get on with the next step) and building the portico deck:

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Construction supervisors hard at work:

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Extending the decking to incorporate the existing ramp from the back of the house:

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Note the planking shift (like any good ship modeller):

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Adding the upper part of the deck (for the bins)

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 Project  supervisor checking the work.

 

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Upper deck complete:

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adding weatherboards:

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Steven

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, after three years working in the AG business selling parts, I am working my last day. Later today I will drive to our new permanent home located between Seattle and Portland. 

It is with sadness I am leaving a fantastic supporting team, but new adventures are waiting. 

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Swapped cable on dryer from 4 prong to 3 prong installed washer and dryer there after, no leakage and it's working.

Put together office table.

The house is becoming more a house and less boxes.

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There is a commercial out that I can't figure out what it's for. Part of the problem may be the song the play. Go ask Alice by Jefferson Airplane.

 

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all

Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall
And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall

Tell them a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice when she was just small
When the men on the chess board
Get up and tell you where to go

And you just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said

Feed your head
Feed your head

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1 hour ago, Clueless said:

They're playing that in Illinois, too?

 

They have been playing it pretty much everywhere for the last fifty plus years!

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2 hours ago, lmagna said:

 

They have been playing it pretty much everywhere for the last fifty plus years!

 

They're even on Youtube and some of the streaming services.  

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