New Workshop #4: Some fun progress

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Blog entry by NinjaAssassin posted 11-24-2013 02:20 AM 1487 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I had a birthday back in October and my wife surprised me with this…

It’s a great gift and a really awesome surprise. In addition to that guy, I bought a 4-bulb fluorescent light fixture and a small infrared heater so that I can work in the shop after about 4pm and while it’s cold.

The little white plastic jobby in the previous picture is the barely adequate infrared heater. It was $25 at Lowes and is supposed to be good for supplemental heating for up to 300 square feet of space. In reality, that’s wishful thinking. My shop is just less than 200 square feet and the heat this puts off is barely noticeable from about 6 or so feet away (I’m not certain the little heat I do notice isn’t just my imagination). My understanding is that infrared heaters are supposed to heat objects, not the air. If that’s true, this thing is infrared in name only. I may take it back and at least get something more suitable to the size of my shop. Anyway…

As you can see, the shop isn’t insulated (which isn’t helping the heat situation) and, as promised in my previous post, the lights and heater are running off of an extension cord. You can also see a big mess, what appears to be a project in progress and a really awesome Irwin saw. I’m not sure I remember where/how I got that saw. Anyway, I’ll talk about that and my other tools in a new blog series I’m going to start. The point is, I’ve got a dedicated space that is functional enough to do what I want to do just about any time I want to do it with minimal “setup” and “break down” time required. Now that I’ve got a place to work, my first order of business is cleaning and tuning all of my tools (I’ve got a few Disston D-8’s, Stanley Bailey planes, Narex Chisels and a few other old tools I picked up at auctions and various woodworking stores that could use some help). That’ll be where I start the next blog series. There probably won’t be many more, if any, updates to this Workshop Build series until February or March when the weather’s warmer. Thanks for reading.

-- Billy

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 11:04 PM

I bought an infrared heat a few years back and it cuts off about every 30 seconds, a safety feature I suppose, but that means it sucks for bigger spaces. I also have what they call here a “milk house heater” which is decent but takes forever to warm the shop but keeps it warm after a while. If I had the room I’d put in a wood stove.

-- Rick M,

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