Matt you can get the whole strut assembled for a few more $. I just put struts in the wife’s jeep.After I finished up the hardware organizer, progress in the shop ground to a halt - as did time in the shop. I'm really hoping to get back to it soon.
In the meantime, I had to take a few steps backwards in the shop. My wife's van needed some maintenance work done, so I had to move some shelves (and all the stuff on them...), Unisaw, jointer, and a bunch of other stuff to be able to get a vehicle into the garage to work on it since I had plenty of work to do.
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So far I've changed the spark plugs (which was a time consuming feat, considering you have to remove the intake manifold to get to the back three plugs), front brakes, rear shocks, a few other small things, and will be doing the rear brakes once my parts are delivered next week. (If it's not work that has to be done right away, I usually order parts from RockAuto.com and save a bunch of money over walking into a store.) The front struts are also up for being replaced, but I'm not messing with springs/spring compressors and will pay someone to tackle that one for me.
Once work on the van is done, then I'll get to getting things back in place. Once things are set back up, I think the next project is building a new workbench/outfeed table.
In my case I have had many construction grade work benches, and they did serve me well. I'm still using one now. But its time for a real hardwood wood workers bench. I remember even in high school all the benches where maple and we would sand them down once a year and reseal them, they lasted forever even with the abuse of school kids. There is a lot to be said about the mass and hardness of a true hardwood work bench for a wood worker.Seriously, can't you buy construction lumber for the work bench and save the ash for projects? Or is it low grade? Then again, maybe you want a high end work bench with vises etc. Not criticism, just curious.