Workshop "change 47"

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Blog entry by Jim55 posted 10-14-2012 03:02 AM 2379 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to work on my shop set up this morning when I noticed a serious malfunction in my layout. First of all, I wasn’t overly thrilled about the way the cabinets in the center blocked the view and divided the shop. But then this morning I turned on the fan it suddenly dawned on me that the cabinets would completely block off the airflow from the fan! This shop being in an East Texas barn, that just won’t do! So we rearranged the cabinets. The photos will show the “new” layout. I do like the open floor plan better. There is sufficient space between the tables to easily pass or work between them.
The top photo here shows the new layout and in fact, I think it is a better view than I have managed yet.

The next photo shows the left wall better than I have posted before. The long empty space will be for the miter saw table with a long run for laying long boards upon. The space beneath and perhaps above may be used to store left over lumber. I hate to throw out any usable piece and I can imagine I’ll find a use for just about any piece. Of course, this time of year the wood stove gets some use and small scraps make premium kindling.

This picture shows my new 6×48 belt sander I am so glad to have. I have stocked my shop on the cheap for the most part. I got what I figure to be at least a middlin’ quality table saw. I know that is no machine to skimp on. Speaking of the table saw, I was able to snatch a couple of Onsrud saw blades off e-Bay on the cheap. I got one for $25 and another for $18. I got the heads up about them on a topic here. I am eager to see how much difference a “high quality” blade will make over what I have been getting from Lowe’s.

You can bet a lot of research and soul wrenching over the cost went into the decision to purchase the sander. But I have too often been aggravated by insufficient sander power. So I made sure to get one that would have plenty. Another major factor was the 10” side disc that will be below the top level of the belt when that piece is laid horizontal. More than once I have grumped over a disc sticking up in the way of the belt.
One glaring but easily corrected fault is underneath. The stand is merely a hollow shell. The door is there only to provide access for bolt down the machine to the stand. But it should be no big deal to add a shelf where storage of belts and sanding discs can be easily managed.
The machine is a Rockford, actually a name I am not familiar with but it and their machine look to be worth remembering..

On the lighter side, here are my shop mascots, small & large.

“Rocky, or “Rockzilla” or even on occasion “Catzilla” depending on his mood does a good job of keeping down the local rodent (and rabbit!) population.

Miss Amy here will occasionally come strolling through the barn just to see what’s going on and to remind us she’s there. While a touch on the skittish side in some ways, the noise and such of the shop do not seem to disturb her at all.

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