Yet Another Workshop Blog #3: Slow progress

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Blog entry by Manitario posted 09-25-2011 05:47 PM 2449 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Officially moved into the new house. Now comes the massive task of setting up the shop. I moved almost all of the tools myself, courtesy of UHaul. Just couldn’t trust the moving company not to lift the TS by its guide rails, or pile boxes on top of the bandsaw etc. Given the amount of stuff in the rest of our house that they managed to damage during the move, I think I made the right decision. Setting up a new shop is a bit of a Catch-22; I need my tools in order to build stuff for the shop, but I need the shop somewhat set up in order to have a place to unpack my tools….

First thing I wanted to do was build a very small bench/storage shelf underneath where I’ll hang my hand tools. I jointed and glued up 8 2×4’s and then planed the surface smooth; eventually I’d like to make a proper workbench to replace my current plywood beast, and I thought that this mini bench would be good practice for me in jointing/planing long boards. Basically it taught me that jointing boards that are much longer than my jointer is very difficult! The boards had a definite taper at each ends after jointing…As well, my little Dewalt 735 planer struggled with planing the 10” wide surface after glue-up (I also struggled to lift it repeatedly into the planer). Once my hand planing technique gets better I think that it will be the way to go in the future.

Finally, I finished mounting the DC motor, will have to finish the closet it is going to live in, and finish its assembly.

Good times….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 06:14 PM

Looks like you’ll have a nice shop once it gets set up. Been there and still there so I understand the feelings.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 09-26-2011 06:19 PM

It looks like a nice big shop. I like your early fixtures with the small footprint. When I first got my tiny shop, there was a couple of rows of shelving all the way around it. I thought they intruded too far into the workspace, so I pulled them all out. After insulating & putting up the walls, I thought the portable shelving racks were intruding too far into the workspace, so I put up shelving! LOL. I guess my point it…now is the time to consider this type of stuff and it looks like you already are. Good luck and have fun!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 07:30 PM

Rob, it looks like it is really coming along. You will have a wonderful space to work in.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-27-2011 04:26 AM

Thanks guys! I’m excited to get it set up so that I can start doing some woodworking.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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