I finally finished my table saw work centre.

After building the mobile base, I added a 14” out-feed table and some cabinetry to store all my accessories. The large open space at the end accommodates my router, while two adjustable legs support the table.

This. If I only had a 2 car garage…

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KitchenAid stand mixer repair project:
Remove Electrical after 1 top screw. Tap drip ring off with screwdriver. Remove Roll pin for planetary gears.
Pry planetary gear off with 2 screwdrivers. Remove 5 screws under planetary assembly. Remove 4 screws under motor housing, retain lock washer location. Remove motor. Cord, lift off stand. De-grease, retain grease in motor housing. Clean out broken parts of work gear. Remove 3 screws in worm gear tower. Lift tower off. Remove Worm Roll pin. Pull tower gear out. Replace worm gear, retain washers. Re- grease and Reassemble in reverse order. Make cookies.

Neat little tool

Neat little tool

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finally, after 11 years the dam is repaired and the lake is back!

we wanted to have our closing ceremony on the lake like we used to, so i made this string of floating lights from LED tea lights, rope and urine sample cups. it worked great!

this is an off topic post. so skip it if you only read woodworking stuff. 

i didn’t get pictures of all the stuff i made for camp this year. i like to get “action shots” of everything for the blog, but i was too busy and my phone was out of memory (i added thousands of MP3’s for dance party mixes). 

so here’s my mom getting ready to run a pottery program. she brought her wheel out to camp and every camper gott to try out some form of pottery. the campers loved it. 

at opening campfire, some of our counselors sang “let it go” from Frozen, so we rigged up a snow machine for some extra theatrics. it was a huge success and hilarious to see snow at camp while our nurses, etc. danced around singing disney. this is a picture of julie, the daytime events coordinator testing out the snow. 

finally, this is one of the only pictures of me from the week. i’m testing out a kayak while rigging up the floating LED lights for closing ceremonies (there was a post about those earlier). they worked great  (you can see the string of them in the background).

Here’s part 2 of what became known as “Flussian Roulette”

the box at the top was assembled previously, i added an OSB floor to it and rigged two simple uprights with some spacers so that a chair could be placed below the box. the inside is a toilet flush valve attached to one of three ropes so that when shown from the front (or below) you don’t know which triggers the valve. hence the name “flussian roulette”

we used this at our opening campfire this year. the first two rounds weren’t even loaded, but i made it sound like they got off easy. the second round i said that 2/3 ropes were attached (my wife pulled that lever). the thrid round was a stacked deck. the campers didn’t know it, but i had already asked the camp director to participate and told him all 3 were rigged. he got wet. very wet. 5 gallons of wet, all right on top of him through a 3 inch flush valve hole.

it worked great and triggered an idea for next year; a series of these sort of things as a “car wash” system for cooling off/cleaning campers quickly in lieu of showers (since there is a shortage of showers, might as well combine shower time with fun). 

Working on a little 3 dimensional joinery today. Saw someone else’s tumblr post with this sort of corner joint and thought it might be fun to give every tool I own a workout. Dado blade did most of the work on the tenons, the bandsaw and drill press took care if the mortises (if they’re still called mortises in this shape?) and when nothing fit properly, the slack belt made things work out ok.

This is part 1 of a redonkulous invention for camp. Part of an old school nickelodeon game show skit. Stay tuned.

New 1/8” bandsaw blade came in, so I finally got to work on my Father’s Day gift. Little late, but looking good so far.

Here’s the first of the bandsaw puzzle boxes. It’s pretty crappy, but I don’t absolutely hate it. Some parts turned out ok, and actually it’s not *that* terrible considering I made it mostly with a scroll saw using a broken chunk of my old 1/8” bandsaw blade.

The tight turns got a little smoky, but I was surprise how tight I could get a smooth cut. Not that the base was even, but that’s the scroll saw. A properly tensioned bandsaw should be able to do the same curves with no smoke and even top-bottom blade line.

sorry for the lack of posts recently. now that i am program director at camp, i’m busy with a lot of administrative stuff. so rather than making stuff in the shop, i’m up on the computer figuring out schedules. i’m still doing the evening events, but i passed on the decorations to another person. 
i do have a few projects going in the shop, but i’ve been plagued with idiocy and accidents (no injuries, thank goodness). i decided that the MDF that i put into the table saw extension wing is way too heavy, so i’ll recycle that by simply cutting it down to a few strips on the edges. they’ll be reinforced just as much as i need them to be but it’ll weigh half as much and be easier to install. i hope to finish that off right after i get back from camp (in 3 weeks).
i have a few bandsaw and puzzle box ideas lined up, but i broke my 1/8” blade (second one this year) and i don’t weld, so i had to order a few more. i also ordered some blade lube and cool blocks, so hopefully that will make this set last a little longer. the blade i buy are about $7, so i dunno if i ought to go for the $30 blades or keep buying cheap stuff. then i was using my 3/8 blade to sortof resaw some cherry from a log that i have been drying out for 2 years. the blade bound up and locked hard. not sure how or on what, but it wasn’t good. the blade didn’t break, but it came to such a jarring stop that the upper portion of the blade crumpled like in a car accident. i straightened it with pliers and it still “works” but there’s a bit of wobble in it. not the same cutting results as before. it has some travel and the cut thickness is pretty thick because the teeth are out of alignment. i may be able to hammer the bend flat against an anvil or something. we’ll see when i swap out the blade next.
i also noticed today that my table saw blade is not at 90 degrees… that explains some other issues i’ve been having. so i’ll need to re calibrate that when i get some time. there is probably a ton of dust and junk inside the saw body. hopefully it’s nothing more serious. i already fixed the pin in the worm gear once when i got it. i would also like to get a v-link belt at some point because the old rubber V belt is pretty well ovaled and there is a bunch of vibration when i start the saw up.