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    Default 20+ years with ShopBot

    Hi all...I've been making stuff with ShopBots for longer than most and decided to try to document some of the successes and failures I've had over the years. It's definitely not a how-to, but some of you might find some of it interesting.

    I'm very early on in the timeline but am trying to post something every couple of days. Hopefully I'll get it done before my memory gives out!

    https://medium.com/make-it-your-own-d-mn-self
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    Thanks Bill!!
    Something to look forward to while drinking first cuppa tomorrow!
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    Good read for a drizzly morning with hot Java Bill!
    Think I'll steal and use your line;
    "I once thought I was clever!"
    As it applies to me more and more it seems

    My Makercrate is just as strong and useful 5 years later, even after using it in wheelchair mode and yarding it all Over the shop almost daily for access!
    My back thanks you and TJ daily for making that adaptation!

    Thanks Bill!
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    Glad to be able to make it for you Scott!

    I've posted a couple more articles in the series. I'm still in the "cable drive" years so pictures are small and fuzzy and details are sketchy, but as I move through time hopefully both will improve!

    https://medium.com/make-it-your-own-d-mn-self

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    I'm one of those "No Hardware" part guys.....IS driving me a little nuts with live edge project still in planning, BUT if Brian Harnett and others can do it, I'll try
    (not half bad at it with hand tools and a chisel mortiser..but with the Desktop?)
    It's good coffee reading Bill!
    scott
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    Hey Scott...I'd hate for you to run short of coffee reading material so have posted a few more posts in the series. I'm up to the early/mid 2000's I guess

    https://medium.com/make-it-your-own-d-mn-self

    Bill

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    Manana Bill
    May not have power Thursday am with the Northeaster(minus snow)
    Thanks!!
    scott
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    Funny Bill..I personally liked the through tenons with wedges on the "block" trays you didn't even mention
    LIKED the "Just because you can, that doesn’t always mean you should..." because being smart/clever can bite you in the b**t often
    Liked the Racer one.....must have been fun to watch the kids!!
    BUT the most practical tip was "take your calipers to the hardware store when buying dowels"...I learned the hard way!
    Enjoyable!!
    Thanks!
    scott
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    Hey Scott...I use that detail a lot, but unfortunately it didn't work all the well on this project. As soon as the kids figured out that they could wiggle the wedges end get them out, they would take the trays apart and lose the wedges. I eventually had to glue them in!

    I'm 3d printing them these days and it works pretty well. Just posted some pictures on my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/seaside5592/

    Bill

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    Glued in wedges does kinda defeat the purpose..don't it
    When my friends kids were young, my barrister bookcase wedges were JUST the right size to get vacuumed up BUT clog the hose....all projects since then, wedges were made to big to vac up!!
    GLAD I made extras!

    Printed wedges kinda clash with Craftsman decor here...besides..no Printer here, and don't know what bit to use for carving Pumpkin wedges
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