Hopeful shop plans for 2008 #2: #3

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Blog entry by Splinters posted 03-14-2008 11:37 PM 1659 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Weather has begun the slow melt off of the winters deposits very s…l…o…w…l…y… At the rate we are going we may see ground by the fourth of July.
Planning and thought process continues on the new shop building. It is hard not to get excited…however I know this will be a slow process…in the mean time I keep on plugging away in the current shop working on fairly steady inquiries.
I was reminded of a xmas project last week(which I had not forgotten…but I know they thought I had) which is to turn a pepper grinder on the lathe. Gosh she only asked for it four years ago…and I did get the insides for it and the plans and all that. I thought I was doing pretty good….however she didn’t see it that way… Unforunately the headstock of my Shopsmith is not cooperating… making it impossible to use the lathe. I have slowly brought the power stands for all the other accessories that I have (bandsaw, jointer, planer)...but there is no such thing for the lathe. Shopsmith wanted me to ship them my headstock and an open ended credit card before they would look at it. Not even able to give me a estimate..For some odd reason I haven’t felt comfortable doing that. What probably will happen is I will sell the shopsmith for scrap and buy a nice new lathe…or I could give it a float test in one of our lakes….However so far I haven’t been able to find the extra grand$ for a new lathe. I asked for one for my birthday..however was told I had already asked for a new shop…make my mind which one do I want….sheesh

The land we just obtained is heavily forested and needs to be thinned for fire suppresion… so it might be possible to sell some of the timber and use the proceeds to pay ftoward the new shop…Again we have to wait for the snow to depart before we can go in and inventory the trees..

Checking on the costs for the in floor radiant heat system and the concrete for the slab it appears I am looking at around 4K$. of course then I have to add in the cost of the rebar and other connected costs. I will continue to check other companies and see what I can find.
The dream contiinues….

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#1 posted 03-14-2008 11:41 PM

Well, dreaming is progress.

Maybe you need a bigger hammer for that shopsmith.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 12:47 AM

... and a fine dream it is… I mean the new shop… seeing ground before July is just wishful thinking, around here anyway :)

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-15-2008 06:37 AM

Hi Splinters,

It doesn’t hurt to dream. I just hope you realize yours soon. Feeding the shopsmith to the fishes sounds like a good idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 03:25 PM

Keep planning Splinters, then when you’re ready to build, you’ll really have done all the research, and your shop will be the ultimate.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#5 posted 03-17-2008 01:44 PM

I am in the same boat as you. I am eaiting for the snow to melt and things to warm up so I can use the shop, Mine is too cold and I am slowly getting it closed in so that I can work all year. The process seems like it will take years. I just have to remind myself that I am making progress (without debt!!) Here’s hoping the snow melts quickly,

-- Hope Never fails

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