Makita Model 2012 Refurbish

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A couple years ago I purchased a used Makita thickness planer at a garage sale.  It was, and is still is, in pretty rough shape; the former owner was a retired trim carpenter and used it on the job site.…

Reclaimed Oak

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In 2012 I came across some reclaimed wood that was used for shipping purposes (previous entry here).  The pine was a bust, way too green, knotty and sap filled.  Not to mention all the oil and dirt that covered it.  The oak, on the…

Tablet Arm Mount

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Overview Working in the shop is a relaxing and rewarding way to spend some free time; either repairing or creating.  While working it’s nice to have either news or music playing.  The shop already has four speakers and an amplifier…

Magnetic Board

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There is a cabinet in the shop that has the chargers, audio, tablet and papers.  The papers usually get lost somehow (probably fall out onto the floor and get swept up).  A small bulletin board would be helpful but not…

Tamiya Durga Sand Removal

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Even though the entire drive-train of the Tamiya Durga is enclosed and sealed, sand managed to get it and get in between the gears.  This series of pictures shows just how much sand got in from driving around in a…

Cedar Birdhouses

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Springtime and the birds need a place to nest… Previously there were three houses on a pressure treated post, that configuration lasted about 9 years before the post rotted through and toppled over destroying the rotted houses. Those houses were…

Workmate Dropleaf #79-021

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The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club’s annual threshing bee has a flea market as part of the activities.  Last year I purchased what appeared to be a small Workmate, and at the bargain price of $5.  The plastic bits look…