The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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A Quick Door

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A Quick DoorAfter hanging Sheetrock on the interior of the last wall of the small storage closet, I went ahead and hung it on the outside of the unit as well…
Some 3/4”x 4 1/2”x 8' Pine and a small bag of hardware was purchased to build a door for the thing…
The long pieces were cut to length, but left a little over-long (I'll cut the whole door to size last with a circular saw)
The Edges were rounded over on what will be the “Outside” of the door
Since the Router was already underfoot, the bracing got the business too…
The pine was showing a proclivity to warp… so a third horizontal was added to try to persuade it not to
A couple cuts to size the thing, and it was fitted in while the hardware was added…
Searched around for a spacer to hold it up while the hinges were attached, came up with a great one! An old File was just the ticket to keep it raised enough to sweep cleanlyNot sure about finish, may do without…
Anyway, just about finished with work on the Basement for this Year
Work will be in the Basement for a while… :)9 September 2022

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Tablesaw Trap

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Even with a zero-clearance throat plate in my tablesaw, a thin cut-off slips through now and then. These pieces can clog a vacuum hose or damage the blades of a dust collector. I made a trap to catch them by …Source

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Beer / BBQ Swap 2022, cowboy hash knife, cashews and beer

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Beer / BBQ Swap 2022, cowboy hash knife, cashews and beerI was trying to come up with an idea for this swap when I came across a video by Kent Rollins cowboy/chuckwagon cook talking about his favorite cooking tool, the cowboy hash knife. Wow! So I went on a long search for the proper steel, found a now useless timber saw plate badly rusted, decided to give it a new life since it didn't have a good life as it was. (I don't like mutilating old tools that are still useful, this one wasn't)So, I joined the swap and was given EarlS as my recipient, cool!I made a design, transferred it to the plate and ruined a metal bandsaw blade trying to cut it because the spring steel was just too hard, so I cut it out with an angle grinder.Then shaped it on the grinder.I tried to drill holes in the plate for riveting the handle on but had to heat the rivet spots with a torch in order to anneal them enough to get a drill bit through, this is some tough steel.Soaked the blade in vinegar overnight and sanded the rest of the crud off, then wire wheeled it leaving some of the patina, then put a basic bevel on the edge.Next was making the handle. I used 3/4” by 3/16 ” flat steel and forged the ends for the upright part creating an offset bend so the handle would be centered over the blade. And came up with these. (yes, I made more than one as I always do in these swaps)Next was cold riveting the handle on with 3/16” rod. I hadn't done this before so I did some practice on some scrap.Someone had given me some resawn mesquite? that I used for the scales. I started out on the wrong foot at first just using blo and mineral spirits which the wood just soaked up. After reaching out to Nathan (Lazyman) and DaveP (thanks guys) I switched to a wiping varnish. This took as long as making the blades and handles.An old saddle maker made the sheath which I had laser engraved.I didn't have time for a bonus item, so I sent a previously made backscratcher (no pic) and 2 bags of jalapeno cashews to Earl, which sadly, were confiscated by family. But, he got the beer and a weapon!Most people I show it to say “cool, how is it used?” so, if anyone is interested, here is a link to Kent Rollins showing the use, care and sharpening of one, starts about 4 1/2 minutes in.Thank you Kenny for again running a great swap, it was fun!

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Adjustable Circle-Cutting Jig

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Cut perfect circles up to 4′ across! Have you ever tried to cut a circle on a bandsaw, freehand? It's quick, but it sure isn't exact. Dollars to doughnuts you'll get flat spots or bumps that are a pain to …Source

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2022 Beer Swap project

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2022 Beer Swap project For this year's Beer (and BBQ) Swap, I built a kit to make hanging out at the grill a bit more enjoyable. In the top compartment is a BBQ Multi-tool that is essentially a big set of spring-loaded tongs that breaks down into a BBQ fork, a spatula and a large folding knife. I also turned a pair of one-handed salt/pepper grinders out of sapele, accented with holly (for the salt) and ebony (for the pepper). Lastly, a Bluetooth speaker and controller for some sweet tunes.I did a lot of profiling with with Shaper Origin, including the inlay work on the lid, but also the recesses for the tools, and the shaping for the pop up.The bottom compartment pulls out to reveal a pop-up tray to hold your favorite beverage securely, with a cutout near the front to lean your phone against while those tunes are-a-playin'.Built from poplar, brass quadrant hinges keep the edges clean, and all the moving parts are held in position with imbedded magnets. The lid is decorated with a patriotic epoxy inlay. Finished with a quick wipe on oil for some depth, then sprayed with amber shellac, and finally three coats of General Finishes High Performance.A couple build pics below:

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