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Old 05-09-2020, 01:06 PM   #1
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The Tool, Equipment, and Project Thread

I'm sure that many of us here on JOF enjoy working on projects, building things, and working with tools and equipment. I thought it would be fun to start a new thread to discuss some of the things we are working on, new tools, etc.

I'll start. I just picked up a new portable Dewalt welding table. I knew that it would fold for storage but I'm super excited to see that it fits perfectly on top of one of my roll away boxes when folded. It's a neat little table and I can't want to try it out.

So, feel free to add your own projects, new tools etc.
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I've done a few projects in the last couple of months. Here's a before and after water heater project in the house. Out went a 24 year old power vent 40 gallon tank and in with a natural gas tankless 9.5 gpm Rheem.

I also installed a barn door where my wife decided a perfectly good set of bifold doors to our walk-in closet needed to be replaced. I shrunk the 48" opening to 34" before installing the 37" wide barn door.

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Old 05-09-2020, 02:26 PM   #3
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Very nice work.
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I've done a few projects in the last couple of months. Here's a before and after water heater project in the house. Out went a 24 year old power vent 40 gallon tank and in with a natural gas tankless 9.5 gpm Rheem.

I also installed a barn door where my wife decided a perfectly good set of bifold doors to our walk-in closet needed to be replaced. I shrunk the 48" opening to 34" before installing the 37" wide barn door. Attachment 58599Attachment 58600Attachment 58601Attachment 58602Attachment 58603Attachment 58604
Is that the barn door at Costco? I bought last years model from Costco and it was like a gray repurposed wood color. Edit: I just checked the Costco website and they still have it and the color is called granite gray.
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Is that the barn door at Costco? I bought last years model from Costco and it was like a gray repurposed wood color. Edit: I just checked the Costco website and they still have it and the color is called granite gray.
I bought the door at Menards. It was $179 and measures 84" by 37". It's made of pine. I got the 6'6" track assembly off Amazon for $41. I'm waiting on my wife's must-have handle she ordered off Etsy for $41 that's not in the picture.

EDIT: the door came as a naked wood and I primed and painted it white after cutting a kerf with a router in the bottom for the guide pin to ride in.
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This has been my latest quarantine project. Built a “Hammocan” for my Yaesu radio and working on installing a quick mount for my new VHF/UHF antenna on the rear ladder of the small camper. Ran the coax down the ladder then up through the belly and put a connection hidden behind the dinette seat.
Waiting for the rest of some small parts to finish the radio setup
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I had a water leak in a basement closet. Due to wood damage I tore down the closet an rebuilt it. A little larger than the old one.
Not being a Martha Stewart (wouldn't want to be either) I tried to decorate the wall a little. I used the fishing net I got from my Grandfather along with a few of his rods an reels. R.I.P Grandpa, I hope you like it
Couldn't stop there I decided to deal with the other wall an the lighting in the basement while I was at it. Still workin on that
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I'm sure that many of us here on JOF enjoy working on projects, building things, and working with tools and equipment. I thought it would be fun to start a new thread to discuss some of the things we are working on, new tools, etc.

I'll start. I just picked up a new portable Dewalt welding table. I knew that it would fold for storage but I'm super excited to see that it fits perfectly on top of one of my roll away boxes when folded. It's a neat little table and I can't want to try it out.

So, feel free to add your own projects, new tools etc.
That looks like a great welding table. I use the harbor freight one but it doesn't fold and is fairly flimsy. Where did you find that table? I see it on Home Depots website just looking for a better price.
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That looks like a great welding table. I use the harbor freight one but it doesn't fold and is fairly flimsy. Where did you find that table? I see it on Home Depots website just looking for a better price.
I bought it off of Ebay. It was the same price as Home Depot when I ordered it.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dewalt-Adju...72.m2749.l2649
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This has been my latest quarantine project. Built a “Hammocan” for my Yaesu radio and working on installing a quick mount for my new VHF/UHF antenna on the rear ladder of the small camper. Ran the coax down the ladder then up through the belly and put a connection hidden behind the dinette seat.
Waiting for the rest of some small parts to finish the radio setup
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Wife wanted a cabinet for the top of the stairs. Was having a hard time finding one that fit. So I made one.
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My oldest daughter making a practice cube for the first time. Not bad for her first try.
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Some progress and final product pics.
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Are you sure that was her 1st time? That's pretty darn good!
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Are you sure that was her 1st time? That's pretty darn good!
Thanks Dan. Yes sir, definitely the first time with welder in her hands. She looks kinda funny wearing my jacket, but I digress. Need to work on her hand position and speed, but she has a good grasp of the basics.
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Thanks Jim. These new welders are incredibly easy to use, even for complete beginners. I can't believe how quickly she has taken to it also.
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My oldest daughter making a practice cube for the first time. Not bad for her first try.
That's a great looking cube for a first try!! My dad taught me to weld when I was a kid - Made a cube at least 20 times before I finally passed his test of it holding water with no leaks!!!
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Just finished a wall mounted boiler / water heater combo. Took 2 full days of no hot water but pretty happy with the way it came out. Used a pro press tool for the first time for some of the main manifold work. I am typically old school in everything I do, but damn, that tool was nice. Soldered most of the rest of the job though...
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