Link Dump – 2017/11/14


Upgrading a Used Table Saw – Part 3

Following up on part 2 of upgrading the used Craftsman table saw (model 113.298032).

I found a couple of push blocks for $1/each at an estate sale. These will probably come in handy more for a router table when I build one and if I ever get a jointer.

After organizing all of my hand tools, I had floor space back and was able to spend some time building this weekend. I made a cross-cut sled, following most of the instructions from a build by The Wood Whisperer.


Since I had extra pieces of the oak runners already cut to size I made a mini sled too.

The sleds will make it easier and safer to use the saw. I already used the large sled to cut the pieces for the mini sled and then during the mini build I used it to cut the block that covers the blade when it goes through the back. Really handy accessories!

I gave a good coat of paste finishing wax to the table saw surface, miter slots, fence, rails, and the bottom of both sleds. Everything slides really well now.

I didn’t like how sketchy it was cutting the long thin runners, so I moved this push stick up in priority on my project list so I’ll have it the next time I need it. Figured I might as well make two because they’ll get chewed up over time.

Made some adjustments to the side storage to put the push sticks in each reach at the front.

Added a platform underneath and felt dumb pretty dumb doing it. At first I cut a sized piece before realizing there is no way to get it in there without removing the saw from the rolling base, which I definitely was not going to do. I ended up ripping the piece in half and screwing in a couple of supports down the middle to connect the two sides. I may store my circular and jig saws here too.

Flat Stanley

My niece’s preschool class sent Flat Stanley to me for an adventure. I’ve been trying to think of stuff the kids will think is funny.

I asked Stanley to help me with some garage organizing.
He was a little weak and looked thin, so we did a workout to try and add some muscle.
Stanley loved Thor: Ragnarok. The Incredible Hulk was his favorite character.
Halloween candy! I’ll send some candy and an empty wrapper back so it looks like he ate some on the journey.
He helped me out at work and earned one of our WordPress Wapuu pins.

If you have any good ideas, let me know. I have a few days before I need to send him back.

More Hand Tools

Last night I completed a huge task in my new basement workshop by doing a first pass at organizing all of my hand tools. My toolbox (so to speak) has expanded a lot in the last few months. For reference, I posted the photo below in May of 2015 when I setup a tool bench in the garage.


Fast forward 2 years to May of this year, when I added more pegboard.


I’ve been acquiring a lot from garage and estate sales in the last few months. When I transplanted everything to the basement it was the perfect time to organize everything. Here is what I ended up with last night.


The lighting really is terrible down there. I think I’m going to take out the drop ceiling to give me more space and put in LED lighting. Anyway, as you can see my pegboard area more than doubled!

I kept thinking about two things as I was figuring out where to put everything. First, I wanted like things grouped together. Measuring tools like squares, levels, and tape measures are all together. Cutting tools like saws, knifes, tin snips, and scissors got grouped. You get the idea. The second thing was what Adam Savage refers to as first order of retrievability; almost every hand tool can be accessed without having to move something else.

I can’t even begin to explain how satisfying this process was. I’m not married to the result though. As I use the workshop I’ll see if it makes sense to move things around and iterate.

1 Year of Daily Posting

A year ago I started my blog post streak, which made yesterday the 365th day in a row I’ve published something here on!

We’ve been testing posting streak achievements/notifications internally for and hopefully they’ll be ready for a public launch soon.

During the streak I’ve published 473 posts containing 61,776 words, 1,399 links, 509 images, and 137 videos! (code)


Previous posts about the streak: