Workshop Make-Over

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Blog series by Tony updated 05-17-2009 11:56 PM 6 parts 32873 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: Workbench Update

07-04-2007 05:21 PM by Tony | 12 comments »

I have some spare time between projects, so I have decided to make some long-needed changes to the workshop. This short series will log the events as they have and as they happen. The first thing that needed to be done, which I started some time at the beginning of May, was to update the work bench. The drawer system I am still not happy with for the following reasons. 1. When working at the bench, I tend to leave the drawer open partially (bad habit) and the drawers tend to fill w...

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Part 2: Current Shop Layout

07-04-2007 05:34 PM by Tony | 7 comments »

I forgot to show the current layout of the shop in the first Blog,, without this information the rest will not make much sense. So as you will see I do not have a good space for assemble of projects, so this update is all about maximising the limited space that I have. Episode 3 will now contain the Table saw upgrade.

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Part 3: Table Saw update: Pt 1

07-04-2007 09:12 PM by Tony | 11 comments »

I am very happy with my DELTA – 36-L3B Left-tilt UNISAW – I changed the Motor last year (was a 220 V 60Hz, 3 HP) to a 3 phase, 50Hz, 400V, 4HP Motor, this is documented on my website if you are interested ( ). What I was not happy with was the out-feed table and the Table to the Right of the Saw. Both of these products were Delta, but over the last 3 years they have become twisted and warped, to such a point that it was becoming dan...

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Part 4: Outfeed Table

07-07-2007 09:56 PM by Tony | 4 comments »

It has taken me a little longer than anticipated, isn’t always the way! Anyhow here are the layout drawings and the cutting list for the Out-feed table. The out feed table is was not a problem to build; it was a lot smaller than the other T-Box and I used the first T-Box as the base for the building the out-feed table. I have fitted both of the tables together, levelled them and they have got there first coat of Finnish on them (Photographs next time). I have added a sketch of the t...

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Part 5: Final Configuration

07-08-2007 07:44 PM by Tony | 7 comments »

So the Update in now 85% finished and I think it was worth it. Time will tell, I have to get used to the workbench and the tools being in the new location. Here are a couple of photographs of the work space T-Boxes, the Unisaw and the workbench. Just need a coat of wax tomorrow morning and is ready to go. The longest and hardest job – was cutting the extended tracks and fitting the aluminium inserts in the out-feed table. They are perfectly aligned and I get NO binding at all...

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Part 6: Lumber storage - a new home

05-17-2009 11:56 PM by Tony | 4 comments »

I am updating the workshop again – I need more space, not just for my self, but I now have another person working with me. This is what the workshop looked like at Christmas 2008. I did some changes in March this year, like moving the dust collection and rearranging the layout in the main part of the workshop, which has already paid benefits, but I cannot get a second work bench into the space. I came up with this proposal, but when the planning guy came, wanted ful...

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