New Shop in the Raw #6: State of the Shop Part 2

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 01-01-2016 05:01 PM 3611 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday, New Years Eve day, I had a few hours to spend in the shop to finish up some stuff and organize for the beginning of the new year. It’s been difficult getting all the time in the shop I’d like with the holidays here and having two very elderly parents who now have a lot of need of assistance, but it’s all good as long as they’re still here.

I finally completed the miter saw station to the point where it’s fully functioning with the fence system, all drawers in place and finished up a dust collection hood. The dust collection hood became a bit of a Rube Goldberg. Doing things without a plan on paper and lots on your mind is just a recipe for trouble. I took measurements of the Bosch, but somewhere along the way to completion, I got lost in the weeds. I made some pretty big errors in my measurements and well, the saw and the hood weren’t going to work together. My dimensions were way off so I had butcher it up a bit to eliminate the top, which seems pretty consequential. The hood is also a bit shallower from front to back than I originally intended, but well, the dust collection is actually pretty impressive for making such a screwup. I may, down the road, make another, but other than bruising my ego a bit, it works as intended. Not sure it could be much better.

Here’s a few pics of the finished miter saw station and the dust hood. I’ll post a video of it in action when time permits.

The dust collection is provided by a single slot on the bottom and at the back of the hood. I made an internal baffle that funnels the dust to the 4” port on the bottom of the enclosure. When the DC is running, there’s a perceptible breeze created by the 5/8” x 24” slot.

Since the DC has a Siamese connection, I’ll leave one section of hose connected to the miter saw hood and just cap the Siamese when not in use.

The finished station. Need to put some edge banding on the hood to protect the plywood veneer from chipping off.

I also had the opportunity to set up the HF dust collector that had been sitting in my basement for the past two weeks or so. I got to use it while finishing up the dust hood. It’s doing a very respectable job. It’s a short run from the collector to the table saw and even shorter distance to the miter saw. At this point in time, for the size of the shop and the idea that it will be used with just one machine attached at a time, it’s pretty much all I need at the moment. I received a Wynn filter and will be installing it along with separator when time permits. That should pretty much take care of my needs until I move into my own permanent shop, when ever that will be.

I finally got to reassemble the Grizzly bandsaw I pick up off of CL. The saw was separated from the base and was getting pushed around the shop on a furniture dolly for the past month. Just didn’t have time to deal with it until yesterday. I couldn’t lift it alone to get it onto the base, so I laid it down on it’s side, fastened it to the base and tilted it upright. It’s now in it’s intended spot in the shop. It needs some cleaning and tuning. I’ll get to that soon, but probably after finishing an outfeed/cabinets table for the table saw.

I moved most of the tools to where I think they’ll work best for me, hung up an air hose reel ( was tired of tripping over the 20’ hose I had been using ) and cleaned an organized. I’m ready to start off the new year with a mostly functioning shop :)

Just a few pics around the shop.

The last thing I want to tackle before starting on a real workbench is turning the small room into an office of sorts. I’ll be cutting an opening into the larger shop space and placing a fixed plexiglass panel in it for some natural light. Install a standard slop sink in place of the large shower pan turned slop sink and bring in a small drafting table and fridge for some coldies :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 05:10 PM

It is O.K. to have a cold one in the shop when you are done working for the day, but you should never have one before you do your layout, math and measurements. Don’t Drink and Derive!
The shop is looking great, that stool is a nice addition, love the urban industrial feel. Have fun making it dusty.

-- Brian Noel

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 05:18 PM

Hey Brian. Never drink while handling power tools or machinery. That’s for the end of the day – oh and too keep my sandwich chilled too :)

Yeah I like the stool too. Wrought iron, so it’s heavy and stable.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 05:19 PM

You have a nice looking shop – it’s coming along great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 03:37 AM

That exposed brick…yum

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 02:56 PM

Thanks Charles. I am enjoying my time there.

Love exposed brick too Reaper. There’s quite a lot of it in old Brooklyn. Especially in industrial neighborhoods where the shop is located.

I forgot to mention, I removed the dust chute from the Bosch saw. The dust collection with the hood works much better without it. The blade pretty much shoots the dust straight back where the downdraft from the DC is able to grab it. I did quite a few test cuts and at differing angles and found very little remaining. There was just some dust on the saw turntable. I used air to blow it off while the DC was still running and it cleaned up perfectly. I’ll make a video today and post it.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 11:56 PM

Bill, that is a great looking miter saw station. Well done!

-- Art

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#7 posted 01-03-2016 06:39 PM

Thanks Art. I’m already getting some good use out of it for storage, but very little in building anything :)

Guess I should post the final pics and comments to this part of the blog. I finished trimming out the dust hood with some maple to protect the edges of the birch plywood and applied some finish to the whole thing. Seems to be working as expected, but I’ll find out more as I get to utilize it. The storage is pretty good. I just may need to provide some internal organization to make it even better. The small drawers under the feed tables are being used for some measuring tools such as small story sticks, marking gauges, pencils, chisels, sharpening stones and the like. The larger drawers have drill bits, Forstner bits, router bits, hammers and other hand tools and the cabinets hold various electric tools in their respective cases.

Just a few pics of the finished hood. The only thing I think I’m going to add to it is a diffuser I have an idea for that I think will further enhance dust collection. I’ll post pics of it in a project thread about the saw station. I removed the upper part of the saw’s fence and see it really helped with dust collection. However I think I’ll also make some wood inserts for that and the throat plat for zero clearance cutting.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 01-05-2016 12:24 AM

Great the ms station.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 01-05-2016 12:29 AM

Thanks Marty. Guess I’ll post it as my first official LJs project since it’s finally finished 100% :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 01-05-2016 12:34 AM

Awesome workstation and shop…color me green ;-)

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

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