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STIHL 011 AVT Chainsaw Problem- Part 2

21 Sep , 2015   Video

STIHL Fix 2 With fall approaching now is a good time to get chainsaws tuned up and ready. Thought I would take another stab at getting the STIHL 0011 AVT arborist chainsaw working. Really like the small chainsaw. You can use it for an hour and it doesn’t tire you out. the power to weight ratio was excellent.  The originally came from a neighbor that I had helped move. It started  up just fine after sitting for a few years in his storage shed. I used it for 2 years and it then just stopped running. It would start and then just bog out.
The first thing I did was take it to an STIHL dealer. The staff was helpful and polite, but the service person comments the fix would cost more than what the saw was worth. This was a real blow. I really like this saw, but to be turned away from a certified STIHL dealership? Geez!
Well, there is always a bright side. Make a video, post it on YouTube and maybe on of the viewers can offer a hand. First video found here:

In this video, the fuel filter was removed from the fuel tank. Used a forsnips to extract the fuel line and car remove the filter. Also take a look at the exhaust port and the route for spark plug wire.

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Hauling, digging, etc,Heat and Cooling,Power Tools

Spring Break Tree Clean Up

26 Mar , 2015   Video

Had some time off during Spring Break in March.  Decided it was a good time to remove some trees that were diseased and to close to cabin.

Side note: Personally, I don’t like to cut down trees, I like the shade and privacy they offer. But these were too close to the structure and could come down in a wind storm. 

My good neighbour, who had more experience with these type of trees, came over and gave me a hand felling the trees. He had a just sharpened, sweet Stihl MS-241 that just cut through the trees like hot knife through butter.

After the trees were cut down (off camera), my task was to the de-limb the branches. It’s a time consuming process of cutting and dragging away the branches. If you are lucky enough to have a helper, it goes much quicker.

Once all the branches are removed, the logs are easier to move around. The plan was to drag the logs up the hill and cut the logs up. They will then be stacked for the summer and dried.
The key to cutting firewood, is to not move the logs or piles more than you need to. Very labor intensive for one person. I prefer to cut the logs in an area where there is a lot of foot traffic. The wood shavings from the chainsaw makes the ground less dusty, holds the moisture in the dirt and is nice to walk on.

In the next video, the logs will be dragged by a powered winch to a landing and processed into firewood or timber for building. I’ll talk about  a DC Powered winch-in-a-bag by Mastercraft

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End Cuts,Heat and Cooling,Power Tools,Relaxing

The Manly Man Weekend

16 Jun , 2014  

The long weekends have always been the cottage or cabin season opener. That’s when the ice has finally melted and moved off the lake. Most of the snow is gone and the recreational home is prepared for the summer. Lucky for me, a bunch of pals offered to give a hand and make this transition much easier.

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Music credit: Drop and Roll, by Silent Partner,

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Power Tools

Advice for a Vise

29 Apr , 2014  

Advice-for-a-vise-484 Have a new addition for the workshop. Two, large bench vises. In great condition. Found a huge 6″, heavy-duty, American made bench vise on Craigslist. The seller, was located out in the countryside at a retirement community. The older gentleman, who was selling it, had moved from a larger home with workshop to a smaller home. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a workshop at the new place. He only wanted $40.00 for it. Which I thought was a great price. I’ve looked at the prices range from $60.00 – $180.00. It was only a 45 minute drive from our place, plus I could pop by and visit a recently retired friend of the family. As we met up and I told our friend of my find, he said he had an extra older bench vise in his workshop and was welcome to have it. Wow! That was super generous.

But, since, I made arrangements to look at the other bench vise, I wanted to follow through. So our friend of the family, came along for the ride. (Plus he had a sweet Ford F250 that was totally dialled in, big lift and lots of power. It was a fun drive to the older fellows place).

Anyway, arrived at the retirement community and the Craigslist bench vise was in awesome shape. Couldn’t pass it up. I forked over the $40.00 and picked it up.

So, in a nutshell, I’ve waited about 5 years for well-made bench vise and in the end, I gained two (plus the original 3″ swivel).

Hope the video isn’t too boring and thanks for watching.


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Other,Power Tools

The Trusty Table Saw

21 Apr , 2014  

DSC02125 Wow! This is the 100th published video on the Cedar Workshop channel. Can’t believe it’s come this far. I’ve racked my brain to come up with a special nogalistic video based on short clips of the last 100 videos, but to be honest, it took too long. So, I went back to the roots and did a followup video about my first table saw.

Many may question, “what’s the big deal”, but if you have ever built anything using just a hand saw or circular saw, I’m sure you can relate to lumber and plywood that wasn’t cut too straight. Once an important piece of wood is crooked, it starts to compound and it throws the project off. A table saw is the foundation of any serious woodworker or do-it-yourselfer. Once you get one, your world is a lot better.
• Made by Rockwell Beaver (1970’s)
• Could use a regular 10″ saw blade or a dado blade
• Cast Iron top with a 22″ fence
• Previous owner installed wheels
• Custom made sawdust shoot for shop vac
• Used it to install engineered flooring, build shelving, cabinets, the workshop and a murphy bed
• Wired for standard 110v household (at 12 amps), but could be configured for a 230 volt at only 6 amps
• It had a Exchange-a-Blade, Razor Tooth, 10″ x 80 tooth blade for laminate flooring and thin material.
• A 36 tooth saw blade worked fantastic for ripping lumber

It was a great beginner table saw. But, I still had to be extremely careful. There should have been a kick back guard. Only had one 2 x 4 shoot back. I’m glad the motor wasn’t too powerful. Also, I was thinking about making the table wider for cuts.

In the end, the table saw was traded in for an Ice Box from the 1930’s. (See previous video)

If you’re looking to buy one, check out Craigslist for deals, sometimes you can find a complete unit for $75 – $150.

A few more pictures.

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Thanks for watching!
Music credit: Phase Three, by Author: Huma-Huma, YouTube Audio Library,

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Appliances,Other,Power Tools

Trading the Trusty Table Saw for a 1930’s Frost King Ice Box

18 Apr , 2014  

Took one for the team, and traded my trusty table saw for an 1930’s Frost King Ice Box. For the last year, we’ve been searching for one of these old school refrigerators. How they work is quite basic, a large chunk of ice would be put in the top and the cool air would filter down. The melted ice water would travel by gravity down a tube to a basin underneath. Since it doesn’t consume any electricity or propane gas, it would be ideal for an off grid situation.
Now, what I have to do now, is cut some large chunks of ice from the lake and store them in saw dust under the cabin.

Music credit: Get Back, by Silent Partner, YouTube Audio Library

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