My Workshop #1: Evolutions

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Blog entry by Jerome posted 02-04-2018 06:17 PM 850 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow. I was just looking back through my earlier posts and began to think about how I was lured into this new hobby, or form of art as consider it.

I initially thought that a table saw and corner clamps was all that I needed to make canvas frames for my paintings, along with my existing smaller power tools ( circular saw, router, jigsaw, air compressor, mitre saw, sander).

So here is the current shop. This is the main lumber storage and the place where lesser used items remain. I also place finished projects here and out of the way of the shop as they are drying.

This is the end of that space where I keep my mobile cart for the bench grinder, air compressor. I can’t seem to get the Ridgid sander to work just yet. There is an issue with the screw that tightens the belt/spindle, dust collection items up top, including drill press duct collection parts and scroll saw dust collection parts yet to be installed.

With new electrical outlets recently installed, I was able to branch out to the middle area. This will be my assembly area. The far area is where all the wood cutting will take place. This picture is taken from the storage area. My county has undesirable guidelines for permits etc. I was only approved to add 12 20amp tamper resistant GFCII outlets and 2 220v disconnects for the shop. When i get a 17” bandsaw and 2-3 hp dust collector they with get a whip attached and be ready for use. If I chose to cover the ceiling and the walls, I have to finish the entire basement to get the permit approved. That means all electrical, plumbing, HVAc, and drywall. So I passed rough in and installed the outlets. I just can’t cover the walls with permanent covering. I bought some white tarp , which I will cut into strips to cover the ceiling and walls. There are 3 ceiling outlets.

This is the shop entry view coming from the stairway. Here you can see on the far end my newly made collapsable workbench that folds up against the wall when I don’t need it. The bonus with that is that I can situate pieces at various angles instead of just laying them flat. It is 24×60. My painting supplies and stains, finishes and all that jazz is on the shelving unit and nearby containers. The HF workbench is used to hold my drill presses and the drawers have drill bits, sanding supplies, lathe accessories, andother items. The bottom area is used to store spring clamps, hardware containers, etc. I will eventually get a cabinet for such items. There is also my lumber bin, which also needs to be upgraded to a lumber cart. When I build my workbench, it will go in this area. I love the open space and I’m on the fence about adding a big assembly table to take up the open space. The lights are LED , each have at least 3000 lumens, some 4000 lumens . Light with lesser lumens are near windows. I got whatever was on sale, so there is a mixture. Good this is, I can always reconfigure my lights or take them with me if I decide to move. They are plugged into the ceiling outlets, which are controlled by a switch, one for each area. Plus the existing permanent fixtures for utility use.

Next up is the entrance to the wood cutting area. I purposely hung the air filtration system here. Everything will eventually be on casters. The table saw will have a workstation built around it with a collapsable outfeed table. The scroll saw needs a mobile base.

Here is the view from in front of the table saw. The lathe cart is on the left. It too needs a permanent and neat way of adding 200 lbs to the base. The stones are good for now, but I need to have storage under there and my stones back where they belong. I’ll likely pour a concrete block for the base.

The table saw station has potential. It will be on a mobile base with some storage and the router will get a cabinet and dedicated router. Dust collection will enter the cabinet from the router side with a lower blast gate which will lead to the table saw dust collection port. There will be another channel for over head dust collection. The table saw and router table fence will somehow be able to connect to the upper dust collection port. The rails extend 50” to the right of the base. I am considering adding surface area there with storage. The constraint that I will have with the workstation is the width. I want to be able to roll the workstation out the basement door(with a custom ramp) for the times when weather permits outdoor work. This will help keep my shop air clean. Surprisingly, the only tool that I bought brand new has been the lathe.

Thanks for reading!

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 07:11 PM

Looks like a very functional work space. What are its dimensions?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 07:34 PM

Looks like a very functional work space. What are its dimensions?

- Don Broussard8

This was my plan years ago, but my plans have changed. Dimensions are the same though

Looks like a very functional work space. What are its dimensions?

- Don Broussard

-- Jerome, Marietta, GA

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 08:17 PM

Wish I had that much room to work with. dro-o-o-l-l-l.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 02-05-2018 03:25 AM

Wow. That is one roomy shop. I wish I had all the open space to work in. Nice shop, Jerome!!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 02-05-2018 04:38 PM

Looks good Jerome. I think the military calls it ‘mission creep’ or maybe ‘tool lust’ that comes with increased skills.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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