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Craftsman 101.06242 Lathe Restoration & Table Build

Thursday, May 11, 2017
When I saw an ad on Craigslist for this lathe I knew immediately it was the one for me.  It was a good price but I knew it would need a restoration (and sturdy table built).

It took me a few weeks to complete everything and I'm so excited it's finished so I can stop thinking (and dreaming) about it.

Everything was in great condition (besides the obvious cosmetic issues) and the only thing missing was the tailstock center.  I kept everything original on the lathe except for buying a live center, new v-belt and adding wing nuts to the tool rest and tailstock for easier adjustments.

BEFORE and AFTER pictures are my favorite!
Let me share some with you!


New Miter Stand and Rolling Carts (Garage Clean-Out)

Saturday, April 29, 2017
I'm going to do something terrible.  I'm going to show you how bad my garage can get (and I even creep onto my husbands side, too)!

This is MY side of the garage:

Something had to be done.

I first turned my attention to this huge-massive table the previous owners left.  At first I was excited to have a large work table but after a while I realized it took up too much space and didn't provide much storage space.  I had my miter saw on it but large boards would hit into the wall and it was a magnet for junk to pile on.  (Take note of that cardboard box full of old drawer slides on the shelf - they've been bumming around for a few years and I finally put them to use!)

I was excited to take the table apart and run the boards through my jointer/planer to make something else out of them.

I saw this system that Ana White made and I knew it was what I needed!

I'm pleased to say that I used all the wood from the old table (except the MDF table top) for my new miter stand and rolling carts.

Cricut Cutting Machine

If you haven't heard of a Cricut cutting machine you don't know what you're missing!  I've mentioned about my Cricut a few times in other posts and I thought I'd share some more projects with you (I use it a lot)!  I had actually never used one before I got mine.  I found mine used for $100 and it was a great buy!  I had to buy cutting matts, blades, vinyl, paper, markers, tools and a few cartridges to go with it and that added up fast!  Now that I have everything the only costs is replenishing what I run out of.

Easy Sewing Tutorial - How-to make pants into shorts (never buy shorts for your kids - AGAIN)!

Monday, March 27, 2017
 
Can you imagine having 4 boys and never needing to buy shorts?  Wouldn't that be wonderful!?

It looks something like this!

New Dog = Less Projects for me!

I haven't been able to do projects very much this last month and a half because we got a dog!  I didn't expect her to be all-consuming of my time.  It's getting better as she's adjusting to our home and learning to chill out and lay down/relax.  Between walking her, playing with her in the yard, brushing her, cleaning up after her, worrying about her chewing something, making sure she's not going potty in the house, etc I don't get much accomplished (just remember I have an active toddler at home, too)!

Her name is Heidi and she's a 15-month-old German Shepherd who came to us with no training and used to living outside.  She's a sweet gal and really good with the kids, especially our little toddler.  She's smart and we're both learning the in's/out's of training.

This was my first attempt to do a project in the garage.  If she wasn't right under my feet she was pushing her slobbery squeaky toy on my leg (we're working on her not doing that).

Needless to say... I'm super antsy to get things done but am trying to be patient :)

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