Saturday, September 29, 2012

Office Build Update

Completed Bookcases
Since the bookcases portion of the project is probably the most complex and time consuming we'll say that the office build project has now passed the halfway point.  Today everything got a good rub of Johnson Paste Wax making them complete and ready for transport out of the shop.  Work on the table tops will begin tomorrow.

The finish on these is a wipe-on mix of Danish oil (cherry) and spar varnish cut with mineral spirits followed by several wipe-on coats of spar polyurethane and finally wax.  If that level of effort doesn't prove to be durable enough for a government office nothing would be.

Today is 4 weeks to the day into the build.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hand Crafted

I've been building things in my garage/shop since I bought my house in 2003.  It was the first chance I'd ever had where I owned the property, knew there wouldn't be a move in 18-24 months, and room was available to accumulate tools and equipment and make sawdust.  Over the years I've built all my own shop cabinets, workbench, materials rack, and numerous cabinets and pieces of furniture for myself and others.  But I never had a way beyond a Sharpie or ballpoint pen to mark my work.

Now I do.  It came today... a full two weeks ahead of when I expected it.  Just in time too.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

AutoCAD 2013 SP1.1

No posts all month and then two within a half an hour.  Go figure.
But I just became aware that Autodesk re-released updates today for the packages that failed a few weeks ago immediately after they were posted.  32-bit and 64-bit versions of the new Service Packs can be found here:

AutoCAD 2013 Service Pack 1.1
AutoCAD LT 2013 Service Pack 1.1

A couple of things to note about these:
  1. They are for AutoCAD only and will not work on any of the vertical products.  Separate SP's for vertical products will be created and issued as appropriate. 
  2. Also, if you previously applied the original SP1 before it got pulled you can simply install SP1.1 right on top of it.
As always, be sure to go thru the ReadMe file that accompanies any update very carefully and follow all the directions.

I'll be watching the boards closely over the next few days to see how the user community is reacting to this repair package.  If the feedback looks positive I may take a dive back into 2013 waters myself.  We'll see.

Making Sawdust

I haven't had much time recently to add a new blog posting because I've been working on these and the plans for a new stand up workstation at my office.  The suite will include these two bookcases made of American Cherry and Red Oak, three torsion box table top work surfaces (two each about 3 ft wide by 8 ft long and one shorter one to form a "U" shape) and a small case to hold the computer unit under the table.  Basically I got tired of working in a conventional fashion and decided it might be better for me long term to stand instead of sit.

I got the original idea from a colleague and an article I stumbled onto online.  So in late August I began drawing up detailed construction plans, a cost estimate and made the pitch.  Once the boss granted approval and gave me funding for the materials it was full steam ahead.  Construction started in my shop at the start of September and has been pretty steady since.  The schedule is to get everything complete and installed before I head off to Autodesk University (AU2012) in late November.

A complete set of progress images of the build are being posted on my PBase Woodworking pages.  These include an abbreviated set of the drawings I put together for the project.  Entries  here may become a little sporadic while this goes on.  I'm enjoying making sawdust again.  :)