MachinistBlog.com https://www.machinistblog.com Plans, projects and How-to's for Home Machinists and Other Makers Sun, 29 Nov 2020 15:44:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Taryl Taught Me How To Fix My Heater https://www.machinistblog.com/taryl-taught-me-how-to-fix-my-heater/ https://www.machinistblog.com/taryl-taught-me-how-to-fix-my-heater/#respond Sun, 29 Nov 2020 13:29:39 +0000 https://www.machinistblog.com/?p=8771 I have an ancient Sears kerosene torpedo heater which was one of the first big workshop investments I ever made.  I bought it back when I was very young and poor, and was often fixing my car in the winter in an unheated garage.

When I tried using it for the first time in about 6 or 7 years I was surprised to find that it ran with the same kerosene that had been in the tank all that time. … Read the rest

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Short Bits https://www.machinistblog.com/short-bits/ https://www.machinistblog.com/short-bits/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:33:54 +0000 https://www.machinistblog.com/?p=8435
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Long before I saw this 5-1/2 minute video I listened to the 2-hour audio book that Admiral William H. McRaven wrote and narrated, which is based on this commencement speech.  It’s a great book and his autobiography, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, is even better.
 
The books are rated 4.7 and 4.8 out of 5 on Audible.com,

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Bird Houses and Roost Boxes https://www.machinistblog.com/bird-houses-and-roost-boxes/ https://www.machinistblog.com/bird-houses-and-roost-boxes/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:23:49 +0000 https://www.machinistblog.com/?p=8309 My wife and I have been feeding birds for a long time. We started with just one feeder that we didn’t keep filled in the summer because we thought it was unnecessary. Then about five years ago we noticed that there seemed to be far fewer birds than there used to be, even though our neighborhood hasn’t changed much.… Read the rest

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Making Workbench Drawers – Update 1 https://www.machinistblog.com/making-workbench-drawers-update-1/ https://www.machinistblog.com/making-workbench-drawers-update-1/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 01:54:03 +0000 https://www.machinistblog.com/?p=8324 I’ve finished the “carcass” for the drawers that I’m adding to a workbench. The carcass is what holds the drawers and it’s going to slide into the opening in the bench. It’s extremely important that it is made with sides that are perfectly parallel or the drawer slides won’t work well.… Read the rest

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I Bought a Dewalt Table Saw https://www.machinistblog.com/i-bought-a-dewalt-table-saw/ https://www.machinistblog.com/i-bought-a-dewalt-table-saw/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:48:14 +0000 https://www.machinistblog.com/?p=8331 I’m adding drawers to a workbench and the original plan was to cut all the wood with my circular saw, chop saw and CNC router. The carcass I made with those tools came out well, but it would have taken far less time and been much easier to make with a table saw.… Read the rest

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Adding Drawers to a Workbench https://www.machinistblog.com/adding-drawers-to-a-workbench/ https://www.machinistblog.com/adding-drawers-to-a-workbench/#comments Sun, 18 Oct 2020 22:07:19 +0000 https://www.machinistblog.com/?p=8288  

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I want to add drawers to the workbench I built for my Shapeoko CNC router. I’ve never made any so I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can so I don’t make any expensive mistakes. If you’ve never added drawers to a workbench and might want to, then watch the video above.  … Read the rest

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