Guest room queen bedframe

So this story starts with a visit from my parents shortly after purchasing my house the year I bought it. That year I bought a mattress but nothing else so they had the luxurious opportunity to live like a college student with a mattress directly on the floor. I made the silly promise that their next visit I would have a bed frame (hopefully one that I would build on my own).

I’ll give you one guess what I did not have when my old man visited the following Christmas. Well this year my whole family is coming to visit for the holidays and I fear my mother would not be as easy going as my dad was to sleep essentially on the floor so go ahead and scroll down to see how I went from Mattress on the floor to what I consider a pretty decent looking bed frame (for a first piece of furniture)

 

 

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Tool Wish List

If only wishes were dollars, check out my tool wish list.

You know Christmas is approaching and currently my primary readers are my friends and family so I’m going to kill two birds with one stone. More traffic to the site and a centralized location for my tool related wish list. If you see something on my list with a better alternative let me know in the comments. I’ll continue to add and update the list over time.

*I place amazon links to everything 1) for ease of finding everything in a single location and 2) if you buy something from amazon after clicking one of my links I may get a small kickback as part of Amazon Associates program.

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Best worst assistants ever – Dogs

Everyone loves pets I’m lucky enough to have mine join me in the shop.

So sitting offshore, surfing forums on my breaks, thinking of what’s next in the shop and it hit me how much I miss my boys. I love having them out in the garage with me while I work even if they don’t quite understand not walking under my feet or staying out of the dust.  Anyway, here are a couple shots of them helping me out.  Continue reading “Best worst assistants ever – Dogs”

The Tools I Own

I do a lot of research before buying my tools and am confident in recommending any of the below to you for your shop. If you’d like to see the tools and equipment I own and use then keep on reading.  This is not an exhaustive list but as I remember I will provide updates.

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Choosing A Band-Saw Blade

Never bought a bandsaw blade before, now I know what to look for.

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Bandsaw I bought used for quite a good deal.

Hey everyone, I’ve been having issues with my band-saw not tracking and decided to look into it. Since researching I’ve managed to find 2 things I should be trying; the first is to get my settings correct on the band-saw – blade location, guides properly tuned, tension set properly. The second is possibly needing a new blade.

I’m offshore at the moment so I decided to research into what I can control now – buying a proper blade. I’ve never bought a band-saw blade before so I couldn’t just go out and purchase straight away. HOWEVER, now I have done quite a bit of looking up and made the tables you see below. It actually seems to be quite straightforward for a hobbyist such as myself.

If you would like much more in-depth knowledge, the best I have found all in one place was at Saw Mill Creek forum.

Take a look at the information below to determine the best blade for you. For those of you that can fill me in on anything missing please leave a comment or drop me an email.

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Finding a Stud

Ever need to find a stud but never thought to buy a stud finder- Well I’m here to help.

Ever have a time you were just finishing that new shelf or cabinet and really want to mount it to the wall and then…. AH $#!+ stud finder no where to be found or the batteries are dead.

Now what to do, you don’t want to run to the store for new batteries; you know that your motivation will disappear when you get back and your project will sit on the floor till next weekend when you can start again.

No worries; I’m here to give you a couple tips, one of which always surprises my friends (hint: its magnets).

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Fireplace… In Texas… I think not.

Who really needs a fireplace in Houston, Texas.

Now a first real entry for y’all to enjoy.

I bought my house knowing it needed a little work, a little cleaning, and AH who am i kidding the place is perfectly livable but not perfect for me. One of my biggest problems was the fireplace, which was situated exactly in the middle of my otherwise generously sized living room. So this thing had to go.  (Who really needs a fireplace in Houston, Texas) Continue reading “Fireplace… In Texas… I think not.”