New House and New Shop #2: Shop update.

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Blog entry by NormG posted 12-09-2015 07:54 AM 2073 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, the shop is pretty much complete. 16 by 16 sq, old shop was 10 by 12, with an 8 by 8 ft, storage area added on. It is amazing that all the items in the new shop came out of the old shop (I swear it was all in there). 2 layers of 30# Tar paper is down, need to add shingles and either paint and/or stain the outside.

I am currently powered by 2 heavy duty extension cords, until the sub-panel is installed and power line is run to the shop about 30 feet.

We started the move and the shop build started also. Right in the middle of all this I suddenly develped severe pain in both of my knees. Long story short, one of them will need to be replaced within a reasonable amount of time. Needless to say light duty for me. Thanks to all my sons and daughter with their friends and family that assisted in getting the shop under cover and the equipment moved from the old shop.

Anyway, I am still seeing how thing will be set up, but I definitely really enjoy the amount of space now than before. I was in someone else shop and they had just upgraded to the new LED lights, I think I can afford $8 bucks a tube with free shipping from He showed how easy it was to disconnect the ballast and rewire for the LED’s on his last light fixture. Took 15 minutes tops. The light and the reduced costs is definitely worth it.

I offset the 36” entry door to the right a bit. When you enter to the right the DW734 Thickness planer now has a fixed base (plan to add mobile base and/or wheels), that used to have my Rigid Miter Saw on it. Then there is some corner storage, then my table top drill press (on a new base I built for it), on the right wall is my 8 foot long Miter Saw Station, it used to be my work bench, I did not want to leave it behind and/or destroy any of the drawings on it, as my oldest son Thomas and I built this many years ago and I wanted to keep it just the way it was. I took the old top off and used some Melamine I had that was edged with Hard Rock Maple from a Gym basketball floor (my in-laws gave this to me years ago, I left the stripping on it. I offset the saw to the right with 24” on the right of the saw, dropped the Saw down into the work bench and there is about 50 inches of fence to the left, with storage behind it. There are a couple of drawers on the right side but I plan to add some additional as time permits.

Along the back wall I have 8 feet of flat storage 3 shelves, about 15 inches apart, 2 foot deep, with 50 inches of storage underneath it. Next to this is my 12 Craftsman Band-saw on a Harbor Freight mobile base. The other 8 feet has some stand up wood storage, 3 wall cabinets and under them are my Delta 6” Jointer, Ryobi oscillating spindle sander and Delta ss350 16” variable speed Scroll saw.

Along the left wall I have one 8 foot wall cabinet, underneath is wood storage on shelf’s. They are angled back at 5 degrees so the wood will not slide off (I saw this posted by another LJ’er), very sturdy and pretty quick and easy to do. They come out even with the front of the cabinet so that there will not be any issues reaching anything in the cabinet. I also have some wood storage on the floor.

Front wall left side, my Delta Midi Lathe and next to it is a dual speed 8” grinder, also on a bench my son and I built many years ago. I have to build another stand for the combination belt/disk sander.

In the middle of the floor is my Craftsman 21833 TS, with the Delta T3 fence system I purchased in February 2015, but did not have time to put it on until later. I plan on using some Melamine I have to make a router table on the right side at some point in the future. Also an out feed/work/build table when time permits.

I have had an opportunity to fire up the Miter Saw, band saw, jointer, thickness planer and the TS. I made a new sled with a clamp for smaller pieces and some boxes for gifts this year. So all is well.

Heat at the moment is a Kerosene heater, but I will change that as soon as I can. I still have to get things in the area of the appropriate tool,like drill bits,near the drill press and similar areas. But it will get there.

I am glad the opportunity came along to move, it has worked out well. I will insulate and put some plywood on the walls in the future. All the bottoms of my outlets will be 4 feet off the floor for ease of use and simpler to cut out a rectangle on one piece than in the middle of a piece and lie it up. Dust collection might just be a thien style collector.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#1 posted 12-09-2015 12:32 PM

Sorry to hear about your knees, I hope you get them sorted soon! The shop sounds great, nice space, I agree that having your sockets raised on the wall is far easier to use, that is something I was glad I did. Look forward to seeing some photos of the new layout!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#2 posted 12-09-2015 12:43 PM

Sounds like things are moving right along. Pretty soon you’ll be saying to the wife “Wish I coulda made it bigger. It’s full already” :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 07:22 PM

This is the old shop. It served its purpose and I had to move things constantly, but sawdust was made, as well as memeories with the kids. I will have to retake the photos of the new shop. It is telling me they are to large to upload. Taken with same phone.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 12-09-2015 07:24 PM

Looks like you’re getting a lot of use from your shop. cool. Hope for a speedy knee recovery

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#5 posted 12-09-2015 09:45 PM

Your old shop looks a LOT like my shop. It always seems to work out that whatever size shop you build….it’s too small! Hope all goes well with the power hook up and also with your pending operation.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 04:25 PM

Take care of your knees, Norm. The new shop sounds great! We’ve got that same yellow coil plastic air tubing, son hates it as it always coils into tangles when he uses it Heeheehee.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 12-12-2015 03:15 AM

Yrs, it is a pain to use, I already with this one, much more convenient to use.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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