Workshop #2: Building out some equipment and creating space

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Blog entry by JHAstrello posted 10-28-2014 07:05 PM 1718 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Buidling and Equiping my Workshop Part 2 of Workshop series Part 3: New Tools to install and test! »

Well, since my first posting, I have remained fairly busy with both the shop – and other activities. On the shop front, I have reworked my layout plan (design), and have basically figured out where most of the goodies will go, at least initially. Having said that, I know have to do the thing that is tough for me, and many of us. I have to get rid of some things. Here we go.

As you can see from my earlier post, there is a massive workbench (previous owners wife used it to make stained glass windows) in the center of the shop. Overall, it is framed with 2×4’s and has 3/4” plywood on top for the top surface. The legs/support are four large metal office credenza’s (used for lateral filing). They weigh a ton (each by themselves), and with the large workbench on top – simply cannot move it at all. So, the first step was to cut down the workbench. I removed about 6 feet of it, which left me with an 8×6 foot bench, sitting on two of the four credenza’s.

However, we have decided that the four credenza’s have to go. No luck selling them on Craig’s List so far, or giving them away – so it is likely I will make arrangements to get them taken to a metal scrap dealer.

Next up, is acquiring and putting together several more things for the shop.

Band saw is now completed. New safety shields all installed; new fence installed/aligned/functional. New tires for the wheels along with several new blades. I bought a ‘cheapo’ pack from Lowe’s to bridge the gap, and then bought a better set for doing real work. Done a bit with the Band saw, but not much as yet.

Next was the HF 2 ton Crane I purchased. After I finally got all the parts and got it together, it’s now functional and ready to be used. Given I’m a one man show; live in the country and my wife will only be able to assist with larger items and ‘guiding’; I needed something to help me when I pick up and/or install (or move) the larger heavier equipment. I bought two very heavy duty ‘straps’ (instead of chains), and will be able to move things around much easier.

This week I finally got around unpacking, and putting together my HF Dust Collector. First piece of equipment that I have gotten from HF that had all the pieces/parts and no damage. Finished the basic unit and did a short test run yesterday. Planning the ‘galvanized tubing design’ now. Should have it all in by the end of the week. I will be ordering a new 1 Micron filter bag, and will probably put an additional ‘cyclone separator’ together for the dust system also.

Next up is unpacking and setting up the horizontal boring machine I got from Grizzly. By the way, I will be doing reviews of all the tools/equipment as I purchase/setup/install them.

Great news today. I got my 10% off coupon from Lowes (it’s a moving coupon anyone can get – check their site) yesterday. That combined with the new lower price on the Hitachi Mitre Saw; several pieces of equipment is now in the bed of the truck and will be unloaded later today and put in the shop. I also got a Porter Cable Floor Drill Press.

More activity and pictures to come next week. Any and all comments are appreciated.

-- John in E. Texas

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