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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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Buildings and Renovations,Heat and Cooling,Power Tools

Splitting Hardwood Logs with a Ryobi 4 Ton Electric Log Splitter

17 Mar , 2014  

Just before winter, my neighbour took pity on me and gave a heck of a deal on an used Ryobi 4-Ton Electric Log Splitter $100 Bucks! Awesome!

The plan was to use the log splitter at the cabin but, the extreme cold made it difficult. So, I decided to take the log splitter home to the suburbs for a backup. There is plenty of donated wood from the neighbors. I’ve been gathering wood of all shapes and species, including a stack of solid Birch. It has been seasoning for about 2 years and should be ready for splitting. When it was finished, the split pieces would be loaded into a large Rubbermaid tote, transported by car to the cabin for the weekend.
I was doing most of splitting by axe. Picked it up from a big box store. Rockforge-Splitter
Even thou it was advertised as a splitting maul, the fibreglass handle failed near the head.
So back to plan B. Picked up a short 12/3 extension cord rated for cold weather and ran it from a dedicated plug. The plan was to uses I took it home and ran a few big, hardwood logs through it. It worked like a champ and spit everything I threw at it. Some logs took a little bit longer, mainly due to there size. So just had to nibble away on the sides, taking small chunks off.
All-in-all it was faster, easier and safer.
Totally recommend this type/size of log splitter. A was a breeze to plug it into the home electrical socket. A few years ago, I’ve used another brand with the same specs with a generator. The massive Blue Wave 6500 watt generator had no problems powering the splitter. For off grid use, you will need a decent gas generator, like 4000 to 6500 watts and a thick extension cord.Check out he link below for reviews.
Thanks for watching!

Music Credit: Eviction, by Silent Partner, YouTube Audio Library,

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Buildings and Renovations,Other,Power Tools

A Present from YouTube Fans and Subscribers to the Cedar Workshop

6 Jan , 2014  

Thankyou_Thumb456 This video was about a fantastic present from all the fans and subscribers. Because of a few clicks on the Google ads and a Google AdWords campaign, it has generated a few dollars to go towards a snow blower.

The Cedar Workshop test facility is located on the top of a mountain and far away from any active roads or snow removal services. On average, it gets about 4 – 10 inches of snow in an overnight snow storm. Over time, the snow compacts down and it gets quite heavy to move. With the aid of a snow blower, it makes it a lot easier to clear a path. Now less physical energy can be spent on digging out snow and get back to projects.

A BIG thank you to all fans and subscribers to the Cedar Workshop YouTube Channel. We appreciate the interest and love to share ideas.

Feel free to comments and/or make suggestions for future videos.

Music credit: Uptown by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, YouTube Music Library and Strange Ways by Silent Partner, YouTube Music Library

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