A journey into the workshop. #120: Preparing for the dedicated shop building, a listing of pending projects and tool changes.

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I am going to be moving from a shared 18×20 8’ ceiling garage workshop, and am building a 10×20 8’ celing dedicated workshop building, with lumber storage under a roof extension sort of a covered padio along the 20’ length.

In order to accomodate that I have a good number of projects that need to be done in order to make everything work well, including modifications to existing tools, and / or replacing existing tools.

First and foremost. The miter saw I own is a Chicago Electric 12” slider. The rear tube slide mechanism more than doubles the depth / footprint of a non slider. To be able to make the miter saw work with the space, AND keep a 12” sliding miter saws capacities, I will be purchasing a Metabo HPT Compact double bevel 12” sliding miter saw. C12RH2S. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive saw out there. But with the compact FRONT slide tube mechanism, the footprint is no different than a non slide 12” miter saw, plus I gain Metabo / Hitachi build quality, AND double bevel capability. And even though Hitachi / Metabo does make a nice blade, I will be carrying over my Diablo from the Chicago Electric. I am no fan of El Diablo himself, but I love the blades bearing the name…

Second. My benchtop jointer, a Sunhill 6-1/8” model, often isn’t quite enough when prepping boards I am prepping from resawn firewood, or suburban harvest lumber. A.K.A. neighbors dropping a tree, particularly Pecan I am interested in, if good enough size hunks hit the curb I will snag them, wand them for metal, and go after resawing in the bandsaw, then processing through… Wide bed width benchtop jointers are on the market now, and some of them are getting really good reviews, I am leaning toward the Wahuda 10”. I sometimes work stock over 8”, but never go over 10”, and still want to be able to store the jointer on my tool stacker.

My Central Machinery bandsaw as mentioned in my last blog post, has been hot rodded. Not necessarily for small space, but it does jam in a LOT of function into the space it uses. The mods to this bandsaw are Grizzly G0555 tension release, Carter Cobra Coil, Accura roller bearing guides, wheel brush, Craftsman universal band saw fence that I am in process of drilling the rail for direct bolt on, and tapping the holes for bolts to preclude slippage of the rail. A Harbor Freight mobile base, and a 4” dust port at the lower blade guide. Pending upgrades include replace the tires with urethane tires, and I am updating the dust port with 2 2.5” ports. 1 on the lower guides, and 1 at the bottom of the lower wheel guard.

I plan on building a proper miter saw / bench tool / storage bench. I.E. line up the table for the mortiser to the table top as well as the miter saw, and allow all bench tools to be secured to the bench.

I am in process building a lathe storage / ballast bench, utilizing 4 recovered hardwood drawers from hurricane Harvey. My wife wants it to be a pretty cabinet, I know it NEEDS to be heavy and solid. Redesign in order. Not thrilled by this, but I get it. Honestly the drawers are not great, but they came from family so I am kind of obligated to find a use for it.

I have strruggled over the years with the fact I have a floor model drill press instead of a bench top. I have found several designs for roll over storage cabinets that kind of wrap around the column. I am looking to store my hand drills in their blow molded cases. Yes I am one of those weirdos that likes keeping power tools in cases to keep them in good shape when not in use. So a regular 3/8 drill, a 1/2” hammer drill, 2 large boxes of forstner bits, and a number of various sizes of drill bits, screw bits etc….

Lastly, my Ryobi BT3100 is outfitted with the wide table kit, and I have built and use a heavy table top with router table / insert on it. This makes the saw huge. I have 2 options. #1 remove the wide table kit and return the saw to the standard rails configuration, and cut down the top so that the router table / Bench Dog router plate fits and works well on the stock rails. OR… Design and build a storage cabinet / workstation that encloses the router for dust collection, and provides for storage of table saw, and router accessories, and including storage for hand saws and their accessories as well.

As mentioned at the top of this post, everything here is in an effort to provide function and storage in as small of a space as possible.

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