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Workbench Part 8

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Workbench Part 5

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It's exciting to fit the base joints. I've been planning how to build the top, which will slide onto tenons cut into the tops of the legs. It will probably be the common setup with front vise and tail vise, just reversed so that it will fit into the place in the basement directly to the left of the fridge. I prefer the tail vise designs that use wooden guides and an inexpensive bench screw to the fancier and much more expensive steel rail setups.
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Workbench Part 4

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The most satisfying thing a monkey can do is use his own handmade tools. And, I spent a lot of time cleaning up the first seven tenons with just a chisel. So, I made this new shoulder/chisel plane after reading about the one on garagewoodworks.com.

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Workbench Part 3

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Workbench Part 2

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The legs are dimensioned and cut to length.

The last beam becomes the braces between the legs -- two long and two short.

Braces ready to join.

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Workbench Part 1

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Last winter, a very generous friend of a friend let us haul away a truckload of old oak timbers.

The timbers came in a few lengths all over 1m and with varying conditions at the ends. Some had fancy looking old joinery that was still viable and some were decomposed.

A little TLC revealed lots of very usable oak. These will be the legs of my new workbench.

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Window Boxes 2011

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Insulating the Attic

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I raised the attic floor with a 2x8 frame and blew in cellulose insulation. Master insulation machine operator Jay Manke loaded the bales down in front. The cellulose is extremely dusty and difficult to contain. [gallery]
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Solar Panel

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A recent hobby has been to build and install a solar panel on our roof. It's comprised of 36 common Evergreen Solar 3"x6" 1.8W cells in a simple wooden frame with a sheet of acrylic to protect them. My Dad helped run conduit and wires last weekend and the open source hardware/software available these days makes it unbelievably easy to setup a voltage logging apparatus. A 10k then a 2.2k resistor straddle the wires coming into our basement from the panel. The junction of those is connected to an analog input on an Arduino Mini.

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Cedar Compost Turner

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