Keeping It Solvent

I wanted a solvent tank that will take care of my weapons parts as well as my shop tools. I got the Solvent Tank from Northern Tool and Equipment. Then I mixed up ‘Ed’s Red’ Bore Cleaner and poured it in. Well that was a mistake! I did not read the manual (RTFM), the pump is only for water based solvents:

I replaced the pump with this guy from I had to modify the top plate a bit to get it to fit:

Then I set it all in place and added some brass fittings to help keep the solvent out.

Put the wiring back together:

Added the brush and did a test run. All good!

Band Saw Mill Sled


Started clearing the property and we have some logs smaller logs I want to try to mill up myself.
Started by cutting a ¾” sheet of plywood to 24” x 36” and adding in 2, 18” T-Tracks
Measured the distance from the blade side of the miter slot to the blade and used that distance to screwed on the miter bar. Sanded it down and good coat of wax.
Cut 2 13”x36” pieces and put 3/4” rabbits on the ends and back and a 3/4” dado directly in the center:
On one I cut 2 1/4” slots in:
Cut 3 support pieces, put a curve on them and glued them in place. Also drilled holes for the T-Track bolts and knobs.
Setup my rollers and mounted everything up:
Used the slots to secure the log with screws and went for it:
Think it worked out pretty good:

Getting out of Hot Water!


We were given non-working electric hot water heater. I think it is 40 gallon, it is shorter than a standard type I have seen in the past.
I started taking it apart by removing everything from the front panels and making a couple cuts with my 4 inch angle grinder. One down the side seam and 1/3’d it on the top and bottom. Very thin sheet metal, cuts were quick and easy:
The bottom had 1 inch thick Styrofoam glued to it and the rest was spray foam.
Took me about 45 minutes to get it all off:
Going to recycle the rest:
Not sure what I am going to do with the tank yet. Looking like either a Driveway roller for the Tractor or a smoker…

Reclaimed Wood Shelf


The previous owner was kind enough to leave us some 2x6x12’s de-nailed, clean and stacked keeping them straight. Decided to use some of them for a shelf next to one of our sheds.
Started by making the shelf. The shed happens to be as long as the boards. Cut 5 18 inch pieces and nailed 3 boards to them:
Then made the legs. Made it in sections so the wife and I could move it into its location.
Leveled it out, added the shelf and a few boards on the bottom:

Awning Electrical


Got the big awning electric work as done as it is going to be for now. Plugs on the center 4×4’s and a couple lights.
And the lights:
Going to clean it up a bit, but the hard work is done.

Side Awning – The Big Cover Up

Here is the front “big” awning. We attached a frame for the awning to a metal building the same way we did the other awning; We used the self sealing metal roof screws to attach the brackets to the side. The brackets are screwed into the 2×6’s used to frame the building. VERY secure!
I wanted to show a better shot of how we did the footings with the 4×4 brackets. We used the 12 inch round forms 2 feet long with 2 1/2 bag cement each
The framing is pretty much the same as the other awning, except the cross beam 2×4’s are set in between the 2×6’s and we used metal braces to help support:
Here is a shot with all the framing done and the brackets on.
Started attaching the metal roofing:
Here is a shot with all the roofing on:
Still need to add the end and side flashing. Will do the electrical next

The Front Awning – Just a little cover-up

My side walk thru door was getting hammered with rain creating the potential for mold. To help keep everything dry, we built an awning.
I could not find info on how to attach a frame for an awning to a metal building, here is what we did. I used the self sealing metal roof screws to attach the brackets to the side. The brackets are screwed into the 2×6’s used to frame the building. VERY secure!
Then we drilled holes and bolted the 4×4’s to the brackets set in concrete and started framing.
For extra support I cut and drilled 4×4’s for side support:
Then finished up the framing:
Here it is with the metal sheets attached.
Still need to add the end and side flashing, but in my opinion the big part is done.

Road Base for the Shop

We got some road base for the front of the shop:
Borrowed my buddies Kabota
and started the leveling
 Tacked down some 4×4 and got it a level as I could.
Notice the cement footings and the brackets, we will be using those for the awning.

Shop – Getting all the storage I can – Under the Out Feed Table

I noticed unused storage space under my out feed table. So I made some simple boxes to store what I can in the unused space.
I started by cutting 3 – 2 foot by 4 foot bases out of some left over plywood I had laying around. Then I screwed on some 2×6 decking boards:
Then put on 4 2 inch casters from Harbor Freight:
I got some storage containers from the Dollar Tree filled them up and labeled them:
Then slid it into place:

New Band Saw Setup

I got my new band saw, it is a Grizzly G0555Pwith the H3051PRiser Block Kit. Here is a shot of the saw without the riser or table:
Here is a shot of what comes with the riser kit:
Here is the saw with the riser kit installed:
Here it is all put together: