I need a bench…

So here’s my plan. I’ve combined a bunch of things:

  • Chris Harpster’s mobile shop. He mounted his bandsaw on a French cleat, and I want to do something similar. I’m also putting dust collection in there and power and a router table…
  • Steve Ramsey’s mobile table saw cart. I’m going to make some sort of scheme to anchor this to the workbench so they move around as one unit.
  • Shawn Stone’s router fence. Instead of the dust collection going down into the router lift, I’m going to have a hose out the back. Because I’m thinking about using a Kreg plate, I won’t want to put a large hole in my worktop.

There isn’t enough room for a Dust Deputy under the workbench, so I’m still thinking of my plan to make a dust cart. The workbench is going to use some sort of shore line power system (20A twist lock is overkill, right?), and I’m going to use that for dust collection as well.

One of the reasons for not integrating the table saw into the main workbench is a size constraint. Someday we’ll be moving out of this house, so a 3 foot by 6 foot by 5 inch workbench will be manageable to get out of the basement.

Its a snow day weekend, so I’m going to prep the basement for construction.

A return to an old hobby

Not only do I have a blog again (that no one but my mom will probably read), but I’ve picked up a hobby that I haven’t touched in probably 15 years: woodworking. After spending all day staring at computers, the last thing I really want to do is stare at another screen, and this seemed like a good outlet. I went on a deep binge of YouTube, made a list of the tools and safety gear I needed to acquire, and started making plans. Quite literally.

Turns out, AutoDesk Inventor from my 9th grade engineering class basically lives on as Fusion 360, and its free*. Combining my minuscule CAD skills with Cate’s creativity will mean big things for the future. The first project I’m attempting is based on this balance board. Start simple, right? I’ll have pictures and such when it’s complete, possibly along with the files I used.

I’m also going to cross post other content I create here too, kind of as a central repository I guess. (After all, I have a podcast and made some YouTube videos for the past cross season.) Maybe some race reports. I’ll use categories, I promise.

Happy New Year!