- 48" Double Track - 2
- Double Track Hardware Kit - 2
- 9" wide double track bracket - 6
- 1/2" Thick, 1' Wide, 6' foot wooden boards
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This year, I'm on a mission to improve my garage and increase garage productivity. My previous post on the shop light installation was a step in the direction of garage improvement. The drill press needed a stand badly.
I started this project back in early November 2013 when I ordered hardware from Rockler.com. Several of the items I ordered were backordered. These must be on high demand. This is the Rocker hardware cost:
|32" Shop Stand Legs, Set of 4|
Item # 60749
|18" Stand Stretchers, Set of 4|
Item # 60757
|24" Stand Stretchers, Set of 4|
Item # 60764
- 8 feet of 2X10 board - $7
- Mounting hardware - $10
- Mobile Base - $45
- Paint - $3
- It is sturdy. This will last me for years to come unlike the last stand.
- There are options to attach drawer hardware later. This option will increase garage efficiency further in future.
- The stand sits on a mobile base. The mobile base will allow me to move the drill press and the storage underneath it (that will be a future project) to the desired work location in the garage. My garage is small and having power tools on mobile bases is a huge blessing.
- We want the stand (table) top to be nearly flush with the stand. Cut the 2X10 into 24 1/2" long boards.
- Joint the cut boards using a router table with jointing option or a hand-held jointer or jointer. Jointing creates a straight edge which is perpendicular to the flat board face. I use 1/32" adjustment on my Kreg router table. Two straight edge is necessary to have a good glue up.
- Glue the edge of the boards.
- Attach wooden support for extra stability of the top.
- Round the board edge using 5/16" round over router bit.
- Sand the top and sides using 80, 150 and 220 grit sand paper successively
- Clean the dust
- Apply a coat of finish and let it dry
- Attach the top using #10 screw and 6mm washers to the stand.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Its not just about adding skills but also very important to build a community around us. A community who can appreciate hand crafts in the age of mechanization and automation (a.k.a the age of oil) . The coasters from a wooden log are simple to make and servers the above purpose.
Leveraged the local community of woodworkers at www.ncwoodworkers.net to find a well dried log of wood. The steps of make a coaster are relatively simple:
- Scrape the excess bark from the wooden log
- Cut the wood pieces in the equal thickness. I used 3/4" thickness and the ones I made of 1/2" thickness would break after they fell from my hand onto the floor.
- Sand the coasters with sand paper of 80, 120 and 150 grits progressively
- Apply 3 coats of finish. Once a coat is dry, use 0000 steel wool to smooth the excess finish.
- Use a miter saw to cut the wood instead of a bandsaw and miter saw provides more stable platform than a bandsaw.
Hope you will enjoy the video and perhaps try making a few of your own. Would love see the pictures of your work and hear your comments.
Friday, January 24, 2014
This garage-light was sitting on the work-bench for over a year and hogging up the space. I needed the work bench for the project. Working light will help a lot during the evening hours. Last weekend was long weekend due to MLK's birthday celebrations. Installing the garage light was one of the priority items on my list.
Most of my power tools are on wheels. I typically drag them close to the garage door so that there is plenty of supply of fresh air. Fresh air is needed as the tools are producing copious amounts of saw-dust. Even though I have an attached dust collector but fresh air helps. The decision was made to keep the garage light exact on top of the area where most of the work will be done. This created the challenge of being able to open the garage door and still have a working hanging light.
In this youtube video, I have attempted to describe the way I overcame the challenge of installing the shop light between the garage door in open position and ceiling.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
This was the first time I have grown garlic. Has a fairly successful harvest. The widest one is ~ 2inch in diameter. Learnt a lesson: The garlic was growing in backyard during April- May and there was not enough sun in the backyard so I moved them to front yard in late May. The lack of sun light during the earlier phase of its growth cycle stunted its growth a little bit.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
It was a beautiful cool day in Cary today. Bond park was the perfect place for the festival. Besides the usual craft, arts, popcorn and live music, here is a couple of remarkable highlights from the event:
The Town of Cary's earth day celebration. It is structured around ten focus areas
- Hemlock Bluffs
- C-Tran (Public Transportation)
- Water Conservation
I had a very good conversation with the folks at sustainability booth. The conversation
was about the clothes drying rack. I'm thinking of following up with the town officials about my work.
Hemlock Bluffs sounds like another fun place for me to check-out. This could be a fun trail for running.
I have been very focussed on food, shelter and energy aspects of self-sufficiency for last three years. Soap has been in the periphery. The ladies at Natural Soap Cauldron detailed out the ingredients of commercially available soaps and their products. Many medicines are applied as a patch, so prolonged exposure of chemicals on skin can lead to their infusion in blood stream. I do not want to highlight any specific company in this blog but few concepts which will drive our soap purchase decisions in future
* Natural component
* Home made/locally artisan made