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  • Buck Stove Glass Upgrade

    After becoming familiar with my buck stove through my first winter in the house, learning to peer through certain peekaboo cracks, and listening to the expanding and contracting of the iron stove, I knew by replacing the vision impairing steel door inserts for glass ones, I would be able to greatly improve the efficiency through using visual cues to adjust the flues and consequently, the stoichiometry.

    Once I took shipment of the glass insert kit (which came complete with gaskets from this online retailer) I removed the doors from the hinges and placed them in a container as I used wire brushes and spatulas to remove the soot deposits. In this comparison of clean on the left and untouched on the right I was pleased to discover stainless retaining hardware and a neat Buck Stove logo built into the casting.

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  • Stainless Steel Chimney Cap

    I had a sense from the “advice” of the housing inspector that a chimney cap might be necessary. It wasn’t until I experienced a few smokey blow backs, and had a couple fires snubbed out that I knew I couldn’t go another heating season without addressing the issue. Once I located the chimney cap of my dreams, I discovered that it only fitted on round pipe. What follows is the design and fabrication process of DIY stainless steel transition adapter to go from the 12″ square ceramic tile to the 8″ round stove pipe.

    I used my arting & crafting powers to create a fairly accurate template of what my cap adapter will need to fit around.

    Playing around with the cardboard helps me visualize how I will use one flat sheet to create the 3-d structure I am after with some forming.

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  • Growing a Woodshop

    Almost a year after settling into my new home, the garage is slowly becoming less of a storage space and more of a place where the magic will happen.

    Starting with this empty wall – my goal with this half of the garage is to create a safe, productive, and space efficient woodworking area. Attaching a perfectly level 2×4 across the wall will provide the backbone from which to build my bench.

    After being gifted the radial arm saw from an old neighbor, I knew I had to incorporate it into my bench. With some framing starting to take shape, the radial arm saw was held in place with temporary supports until more of the bench was built in order to perfect the placement and confirm its levelness before finally framing it in.

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  • Two Step Handrail

    A project I recently worked on, was to build this handrail to provide support for two steps entering a customers home.

    After cutting up a few pieces of steel tubing and flat bar, I got to work drilling the mounting holes for where the handrail will mount to the brick wall…

    …and where it will mount to the steps.

    I trimmed the ironworked scroll to get the right look, then beveled the edges to be welded providing room for deeper penetration and a solid weld.

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  • One-of-a-kind Folding Bar/Dining/Kitchen Table

    A buddy of mine came to me for some help in making his dreams come true. He had recently lost his kitchen table, and just could not find the right replacement. Enter SuperDave…..

    20140726_140009I went down to my favorite hardwoods store and found a pile of discounted 3/4″ MDF with a white oak veneer. I chose this over cabinet grade plywood because this solved the issue of the exposed grain around the table edge, and would produce a more consistent finish after routing. Before I left, I had the store slice up the rough cuts so it fit better in the truck.

    DSC_0080Once home, I preformed the final cuts by setting up my handy aluminum channel fence, and using my skillsaw with my clearance hardboard set-up seen in other projects.

    DSC_0153With the pieces cut, I used some remnants to erect the shelves in freespace which helped average out any misalignment incurred by trying to build something square on my sloped garage floor.

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  • A Cedar Fence Renaissance

    1 A customer contacted me to repair their fence which their new dog was finding all the ways to escape from. After an assessment, it appeared the slats were in the worst shape while the pressure treated posts were still in good condition with the cement still secure holding them in the ground, and could be reused.

    2After some fun with a hammer this is what I was left with.

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  • Easy Bucket Handle Repair

    Distributing my harvest from the rain barrels has really revived my love for the bucket. Most buckets come with a small plastic grip which really is not much better than the wire handle. One such puny handle belonged to this bucket and was broken, making it a true pain to carry around the yard.

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  • Speaker System Upgrade in the MPV TT

    With a healthy dose of bass in the PeeVee, I finally decided it was time for some extra power to my component speakers to keep them from being out played by the subwoofer.

    Planning on moving my Alpine components currently in the front doors to the back, I purchased a set of highly regarded Infinity Kappas, and a super small yet appropriately powerful RE/US Amps amplifier with a set of Stinger RCA’s to deliver the signal.

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  • Rain Drain Repair

    After installing my rain barrel system at my parents home, and once it was full to the brim, I went out to see how well the overflow works. I discovered a puddle around the downspout and water percolating from the cement rain drain it fed into.

    After some excavating I discovered a fractured pipe full of roots and roof debris, clearly water was not flowing through this. These pipes were most likely installed when the house was built back in the mid 60′s. So after weighing the options, and hoping for a best case scenario, it was decided that a pickaxe was to be purchased and digging would commence.

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  • Rain Harvesting

    Living in the Pacific Northwest means seeing lots of rain throughout the year. With the notion of being able to capture some of the rain that would normally hit the roof, flow through the gutters, out the downspout, then into the drain, I set out to build a rain barrel system that would capture the rain and allow easy access of the supply.

    P1130932I sourced some HDPE 55 gallon barrels which would resist UV rays and hamper the growth of algae. After a using a pressure washer to clean out the remaining contents of the barrels I picked up a variety of ABS fittings to connect the system together.

    P1130929I set-up a little work area with my trusty Black and Decker Workmate and a chop saw, and made a pile of pressure treated 4×4′s and 2×4′s close at hand making cutting the lumber a breeze.

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