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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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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