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Surviving My Own Stupidity…

So yeah… I’m an idiot..

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Festool Meets A “Mechanic”

So, I’ve been flirting with this idea for a while now and essentially, here’s how it went down:

My wife has been wanting some built-in cabinets in our dining room and a couple of months ago, we started fielding quotes. They were outrageous… Like, REALLY outrageous. So outrageous, that I began to ponder the idea of building them myself. The only problem (besides my complete lack of knowledge and experience working with wood) was that my shop simply wasn’t outfitted to work with wood. And frankly, I didn’t like the idea of converting it because of two main factors:

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Oil Drain Pans

Alright fellas… I’ve had it. I’m done with those crappy plastic oil catch pans that you buy at the typical national autoparts chain. I’m just done with them…

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M18 Compact Vacuum & Other Shop Vac Options…

I’m (sort of) in need of a small and reasonably powerful Vac and noticed this job by Milwaukee (details)… I know this thing is newish, but I’m wondering if any of you fellas have experience with it?

Basically, I’m trying to decide between buying something like this plus a new box store shop vac or going all out and just buying what I’ve always wanted – a Festool – even if it means living without a smaller and more portable option. My 20 year old Craftsman shop Vac gave up the ghost today while providing dust collection for a router project. Ugh…

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Nest Cam & Self Monitored Security

I live and work in a fairly remote spot. I mean, we are only 20 minutes from Austin, TX but to get to my shop and home you have to go down a number of small country roads and even a gravel lane of sorts.  When you finally make your way here, you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere. It’s great. I love it… But, there are times when living in such a location makes you feel pretty vulnerable. If we are out of town, we don’t have neighbors to watch over the joint. And if we are in the house, we aren’t in line of sight with the shop.

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