Workshop construction from dream to reality. #9: Moving in

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Blog entry by DalyArcher posted 01-02-2020 06:16 PM 544 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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From over a year of near complete inactivity to an absolute whirlwind of progress.

After chipping away at mud and taping the drywall (I hate ceilings) I threw on some primer and ceiling paint and was off to pick up some colour for the walls. I had a few different ideas going in but settled on a mild green (Caribou Lichen from the National Parks of Canada collection)

A friend from church came round and helped me install a 4000 watt ceiling mount heater.

The heater is great. Wall controlled thermostat, set it at 10 degrees, bump it to 17ish when I start working, plenty comfy with a nice Pendelton shop shirt.

Shortly after the heater, the lights went up. 6 4 foot led fixtures. I seem to recall them being in the 5500 Lumen range. Just installing the first two lit up the shop more than I am used to. The rest of the plugs got finished up, I converted my jointer to 220v, I put up a couple of exterior LED motion lights and started really moving in!

mid way through construction I was able to acquire a 5 hp General 350 cabinet saw. For the last year and a half I have walked past that saw and been unable to turn it on. This was an incredibly painful time in my life. Shortly before Christmas I finally hit the green button on the beast for the first time and it was magical! I have never used a tablesaw with an intact guard before, but, being that 5 hp is a fair step up from my 1.5 hp contractor and the fact that my 7 year old boy will be in the shop a fair bit, I thought it best to set a good example. I reached out to Ron at SharkGuard and got a got a guard and manual riving knife which arrived on Christmas Eve.

Once I had the knife installed and adjusted properly I set to completing the extension wing on the saw and building a lumber rack to get some of my materials storage out of the house.

I am currently working away at an outfeed table and am awaiting delivery of a small dust collector. The shop is in a state of disarray currently, but everything will find a home soon enough.

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