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My First Workbench Build

I set out to make a workbench that was adjustable and based on something I found on a site called “Instructables” because I could make it out of cheap wood and I could adjust the height to make it level or match different height tables in my workshop. So I used this as inspiration for my own table:

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Instructable Height-Adjustable Outfeed Worktable

I eventually created my own that fit my space a bit better (25.5″ x 88.0″). It was really fun drawing-up a model using Fusion 360 (a CAD Program) and using that to plan my project:

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Screenshot of my model

I made a drawing to develop a cut list and a bill of materials. The aim of this project was to be functional and affordable so I used the cheapest framing lumber and left over plywood.

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My workbench drawing

Here’s the bench when I figured meeting the pistons for the legs and began assembling it. Making things square was the biggest challenge but I lowered my standards quickly and grew to accept the jankiness.

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The bench in progress

Finally, I completed the bench and changed the design slightly to accommodate a power strip that’s out of the way. Overall, I’m pleased with the final result.

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The finished Workbench

Actually finishing it and having a study surface to work on is a real treat. Now I can take what I’ve learned and make note chill things.

One thing I need to say is that I intended for this to be a multi-function bench that could adjust 6 inches in height and be used as a feed table, level surface, and just a another with surface. I really only use it as much miter saw table. I probably should have abandoned this idea of making it height adjustable, it was more trouble than it was worth.

-Joe

Hobbies for 2018

Over the years I’ve seen that my Hobbies often come and go. Just listing some of my hobbies:

  1. learning how to play the ukulele
  2. playing violin
  3. trying to learn the guitar
  4. woodworking
  5. 3D printing
  6. 3D modeling on the computer
  7. learning how to cook
  8. photography
  9. drone piloting
  10. drawing
  11. reading
  12. listening to podcasts
  13. trying to blog
  14. writing stories
  15. running

And, that’s just a listing hobbies that I’ve tried to do in the past year or two. No wonder why I am not getting good any of them!

When talking to Laura about my hobbies she made it clear that I want whatever hobby I develop to have the potential to help others in some way.  Otherwise it’s a slightly selfish and I don’t want to invest in selfish things. So I need to widdle the list down and start really working on a hobby that is fulfilling has the potential to help others and is worth my time.

I hope to chronicle some of the developments are my hobbies on this blog since I started it for some reason a while back but I don’t really know why I guess it’s more of a log of my achievements and thoughts.

I’ll check back in later on what hobbies I think I’ll choose and why I chose them.

-joe

**I originally wrote this using voice-to-text, so it didn’t make sense. I’ve since edited it to reflect my intent** ( 1/24/2018 @ 0843)

A Roller Derby Bout

Yesterday, Laura and I went to our first Roller Derby Bout. The first thing we learned is that each Derby event is referred to as a “Bout”. Pretty neat! 

Laura is really captivated by this sport for its intensity, fun, and bonding between participants. By the end, we both understood the game enough to inject our own strategic insight. I’ll be ready to cheer Laura on when she decides to join the team, that’s how into it she was! 

The gist of roller derby is this: 

Get your team’s scorer (a jammer) through the jam of players on the track and make it a lap around to score. 

We were lucky to find that the brochures had the rules to the sport in the front cover as seen below: 

Our local team, the Valley All-Stars won by turning up the intensity at the end of the second half. Seeing this in person was a treat and it makes me want to watch even more next season when I see the love of my life with a fun nickname in the track beating people up. 

Smith Mountain Lake Day

Today, my group is doing a half day and going for team building and comradery at Smith Mountain Lake! 

We did something similar two years ago and it was a blast. I’m privileged to be part of a work group that works and plays hard. They are good people who I will have the pleasure of spending leisure time with (outside of the the band Booms in the Air, with Alan, James, and Chuck).

Hopefully the weather stays agreeable!