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Jim Ruen's "Shop Talk" blog
Shop Talk
Share questions, thoughts and tips about equipment, tools, maintenance and repair, safety and the shop itself. At the bench is Jim Ruen, who grew up working with farm equipment and has been writing about the subject for more than three decades. If he doesn't know the answer to your question, he'll find someone who does.

04/17/2012 - Neat Ideas … If Only I Remembered Them
Does anyone else ever get "neat idea" overload? I recently received an email with photos of neat ideas—like using a comb to hold a nail to be hammered ... no more bruised thumbs!

04/10/2012 - Bed Building: Putting It All Together
If the process of getting the bed parts into place was a hassle, it was our fault, not that of the company.

04/03/2012 - Bed Building 201
So there we were with a partially unpacked bed, a floor away from where it was supposed to be. To complicate things, I wasn't sure if the construction, as solid as it appeared, could handle the torque that would occur with my wife and I wrestling it through the house and down a set of stairs.

03/27/2012 - Bed Building 101
I built a Murphy bed this weekend! OK, I actually put one together. There's a big difference.

03/20/2012 - Seek 'n' Find: Buried Waterlines
If you decide to bury some waterlines as I did a few years ago, don't forget to map them ... and then refer to your map before working around them.

03/13/2012 - Shelving Shortcuts
Setting up shelving can be a time-consuming process as you evaluate what you want stored and where.

03/06/2012 - Learning to Weld
When my wife, Wendy, gave me a one-day welding class as a gift for my last birthday, I had no idea how much fun it would be nor how hard it would be.

02/28/2012 - Rafter Panel Storage
Last week, I told you how I devised a plan to use the area between the rafters in my compact workshop for storage. Instead of permanent hinges, I opted for hanging a pipe that would retain the panels, yet allow them to tip down to display tools.

02/21/2012 - Using All Workshop Space
When I set out to tuck my workshop into an 8- by 12-foot shed, I knew I needed to plan to use all available space.

02/14/2012 - Turnbuckling My Workbench
I've mentioned my old workbench that has traveled from Minnesota to New York to Iowa and back. I think I've torn it apart and reassembled it at least seven times, not to mention the moves from garage to basement and back in various houses.

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