I’m particular. I have a standard of quality. If my name is going to be tied to something, I want it to be something I’m proud of. This is a trait I developed in my twenties, unfortunately too late to apply to my schoolwork. It drives Ellie crazy at times. When I look at something […]
When I bought my ShopSmith 10ER, I had only the vaguest idea of what it was and how I would use it. I knew it was old and I knew there were fanatics out there, so I figured I’d be good to go on whatever I needed to learn about it. The guy selling the ShopSmith lived […]
When Ellie and I lived in apartments, I did my best to grow herbs and veggies in containers. Last year, when we were looking for a house, I made sure to find a house with a space for a garden. The house we bought already had an area partitioned off for a vegetable garden and […]
On a whim, Ellie and I bought a bunch of drywall. Sixty sheets of it to be precise. We also bought 22 boxes of laminate flooring and a sheet of melamine. We were running low on all of the above and felt like hauling drywall, melamine, and flooring into the basement would be fun. Just […]
I have a problem with dust. Not the type of dust that shows up on your shelves one day nor the type you write in. In my case, the dust is created by my disk sander in my shop and it coats everything uncovered in the basement. That's why I put together these cheap, DIY […]
Has it really been a year since this whole process started? According to the closing documents, it has. It’s hard to believe Ellie and I have owned a home for a whole year now and we haven’t broken down in tears or buried ourselves in mountains of debt. I’d argue we aren’t even barely keeping […]
Okay, I know I wrote about how I don’t think collecting trash is a great idea in my post last week about my DIY Chalkboard, but this week I have another story about someone else’s trash becoming my treasure. This time I came across a free antique bench grinder, and I knew I had to […]
Taking a step towards being the man who can fix and build anything we need, I purchased a 1950s ShopSmith 10ER.