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Continuing our woodworking adventures into Alabama, we arrive at the home of Woodcraft Magazine senior editor, Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk to cover his 20′ x 22′ interior garage space morphing into an extreme workshop makeover. The 2011 October/ November Issue #43 of Woodcraft Magazine features a special topic on this floor to ceiling, wall to wall transformation with detailed projects, providing instruction on turning any garage, basement or outside structure into a viable workshop. Joe is tasked with converting his 20′ x 20′ two-car attached garage into an organized, fully functioning, safe workshop. The “BEFORE” photo below will give you an idea of what Joe started with.  If the clutter and disorganization looks similar to your work area, then perhaps this information may help you build a workshop makeover too.

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The USS North Carolina was the lead ship of the North Carolina Class of fast big gun warships and the first newly constructed American battleship at that time to enter service during World War II.  Nicknamed Showboat, because of all the media attention she received as she was being built and tested, the USS North Carolina was a true naval marvel and the fastest most heavily armed ship (carrying sixteen 400 mm guns) in the fleet at the time of her commissioning in 1941.  The North Carolina took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations, often protecting aircraft carriers, to become the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II by accumulating 15 battle stars.

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In this upcycle project, we had the opportunity to bring in a jewelry armoire from one of our Woodcraft marketing team members, Lori Haught.  Lori decided rather than putting this in her Spring yard sale, why not refurbish it and give her bedroom decor an added useful piece to match other items therein.  So, it was off to the Woodcraft product development department for a plan of action!

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Making a cutting board is an easy and fun project. It's a great project for learning how to use many common shop tools and accessories. This post will take you through everything you need to make beautiful cutting boards.

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At this point, both the inside of the hull and the inside of the deck are fiberglassed, and it’s time to put them together.  The outside seam is easy; the inside seam is another story.

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Now that all the preparation has been done, it is finally time to fiberglass the hull.  There are two significant keys to this step. 

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I just reviewed my progress so far, and I have worked 37-1/2 hours.  Since I’m estimating at least 100 hours,  and if I’m on schedule, then I’m not even half way through yet. 

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In my last boat building adventure blog, I left off with my first “real use” of the WoodRiver hand plane. I left the four panels on the work table for Dan’s inspection.

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Tired of the kids playing with cell phones and video games? Sitting in front of the wide screen TV too much? Here’s a change of pace for all ages with a woodshop project to take you away from all of that. It’s fun and can be a new design build every time.

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In this month’s Woodcraft Magazine, January Issue #44, our Editor-in-Chief, Jim Harrold writes an article responding to the Feb/Mar 2011 magazine issue where he asked for solutions in setting up a shop for the wheelchair woodworker. His article and this blog are the result of the many letters and emails sent. It is one thing to have ideas to create woodworking, or be inspired from others works, but without a user friendly shop in these circumstances, none of the ideas or inspirations can become a reality. Five areas of importance in a shop design are, wheel chair design with reach considerations, floor plan or shop layout, cabinets with power tools, managing materials with storage, and product choices that consider safety with convenience. When designing a floor plan you will first need to consider the wheelchair type. Variations include motorized units, sports models and other manual designs.

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