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Made at 173: Hand-Plane Rack

March 4, 2020


Still just puttering around right now, and this time I built a small rack for my hand-planes.  This is one of those funny things that happen to all of us at some time or another - I didn't even realize I needed a rack for the hand-planes until I happened by this picture:  

812: The Home - The Living Room

February 22, 2020


If the kitchen is the heart of a home, then the living room is its soul, at least at my childhood home.  My childhood memories are replete with kitchen time - meals (of course), crafts and games at the table, and shining my spikes for Saturday's football game.  But, when all of that was done - it was to the living room.  Mind you, this was a time when there were no mobile devices, and aside from the small black and white TV in my folks' room, there was just the one TV in the living room - with no remote.  It was in the living room that we gathered as a family to watch all those good ol' shows of the 70s and 80s, eat popcorn while laying on the floor watching Creature Feature and Chiller on Friday and Saturday nights...and of course - celebrating Christmas!  Anyway, to the best of my memory, this is pretty much what the living room looked like when we first moved in back in, I think '71:

Gerstner & Sons Tool Chest Refurb

February 17, 2020


It's finally done!  The refurb of my Gerstner tool chest has been a long time coming.  It started probably 9 or 10 years ago when my Dad gave me this classic machinist's tool chest:

Just an Interim Update

February 9, 2020

It's been a few weeks since I posted anything, so I thought I'd take a couple minutes so y'all know I'm still alive!  There's no major project going on here at 173 right now, although I'm not sure why - there's always more to do.  But I am in the middle of a couple almost trivial projects.  One is the door that leads into the laundry room...


There's an interesting little story that goes along with the door but, I think I'll wait til it's done and I post about it to tell!  And, there's another little project -


That's the old Gerstner machinist's tool chest my dad gave me.  I'm not doing a total teardown, but I am doing a fairly thorough refurb on it.  Both of these little projects are nearing completion, so - see ya in the funny papers!

The Accent Table Megapost!

January 18, 2020


Welcome to the Accent Table Megapost combining both posts about the design and build of the little accent table made specifically for the end of the upstairs hallway in 2019.  

So, the class I'm in is winding up and I have a couple days off work so I wanted to get in the workshop and do something.  One thing I've been wanting to do is make an accent table for the end of the upstairs hallway.  Here's where we left of in October:


It's really difficult to get a good picture up there, but you get the idea.  The problem with that spot is that there are two doorways at the end of the hallway so whatever piece was to go there certainly could't be particularly big, otherwise you'r have to squeeze by whenever you went into a room.  I don't like that idea, so I had to come up with a solution.  I decided to make the table top in a half-round shape.  Lowes sells some round boards for making end-tables and the like, but they were too thick, which would throw things out of scale at the cramped end of the hallway.  So I figured I'd have to do something I've never done - cut my own circles.  I started with one of these boards from Lowes:

The Radiator Cover Megapost

December 22, 2019


Welcome to the Radiator Cover Megapost combining the 5 or 6 posts about the cover made for the dining room radiator in '18 - '19.



Winter came early this year!

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