Workshop Development #43: Or in this case deconstruction to make way...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-27-2012 02:46 PM 8597 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The freezer is coming, the freezer is coming! Of course along with it is going to be the subpanel, circuits, and insulated garage walls I have been wanting for the last few years. This means that for me, I have to get busy.

I have a 9.5’ chunk of wall, a 36” wide freezer, and a presently 8’ long Simpson Strong Tie 2×4 and plywood workbench that holds my mortiser, sliding miter saw, and LOTS of misc garage storage. I MUST make a change to this layout. NOW. I am not particularly fond off this layout, and the bench length won’t quite cut it. Not to mention the 24” table depth required a cobbled together extension for my miter saw to clear the rails. So it’s not only shortening time, but also serious rethink time for the layout….

The challenges:

#1. This bench SHOULD match the width of the workshop library. I sized and installed the Library cabinet with the freezer location and size in mind. #2. This bench SHOULD be a minimum of 30” deep to allow clearance of the SCMS rails. However the space in the shop it sits on is 24” deep and then has a lip that drops 3.25” and proceeds to slope downhill. The front legs will have to be 3” longer or so, AND have some sort of heavy duty leveller. #3. This bench MUST be lower than the bottom of the library cabinet. FWIW, the Library Cabinet bottom is at 58.5” off the elevated part of the floor, again the floor slopes. but the library is levelled, so levellers required on the back legs too. #4. This bench must provide organized storage, and workspace for my Chicago Electric 12” SCMS, Central Machinery Mortising Machine and bits, as well as provide effective, or at least as effective as can be expected dust collection for the SCMS. #5. This bench must provide organized storage replacement for 4 large Rubbermaid Totes worth of stuff. This stuff includes, temporarily until a proper workstation is built, storage for all of my table saw, and router bits, blades, jigs, and accessories, painting, drywall, plumbing and other home repair misc tools and supplies that do not fit in my Craftsman Roll around tool cart.

One of these totes is nearly FULL of 16 or 14 ga outdoor extension cords and is primarily used for outdoor lighting. It can probably be stowed in the attic along with the inflatable reindeer…

Well after spending a bit of quality time with “Trimble” Sketchup last night (not thrilled about that but oh well…) I decided it was time to start the tear out…

Step #1. Disconnect the DC ducting from the existing dust hood.
Step #2. Put the B&D miter saw stand back up by the shop overhead door.
Step #3. Move the SCMS to the B&D miter saw stand, secure it down.
Step #4. Remember why I retired the B&D stand in the first place…
Step #5. Unbolt mortiser from bench, set mortiser and accessories aside for safe keeping.
Step #6. Remove original dust hood and disassemble, placing what stock is recycleable back in the lumber racks.
Step #7. Realize I forgot to turn the A/C or fan on and it’s over 100 deg F. Utter words small children should not hear, go inside for a beer and hang it up for the night…

More to come on this one, but needless to say, these builds are going to take me a while. I am weaseling them in between working on the house in general. This one has GOT to take priority over the drum sander though as I need to make room for that freezer in order to get my sub panel. A little deal LOML and I ironed out… While I am on this build, I am also planning on building the mobile base cabinet for my drill press and drilling accessories. I have been wanting to hold out for the hole saw set I have been wanting, but that is a few more bucks than I want to spend. I have the case size down now so I am good for the cabinet build. I just wanted to insure I had enough space in the drawers to fit the cases I want… I have a good selection of bits and accessories that I need to store, and my current storage shelf is just overrun.

I am more than slightly tempted to put the mortiser back, make all my cuts, and rig this whole thing using M&T joinery just for the practice, but I dread the idea of cutting tenons on over 5 foot long stock!

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 01:47 AM

If you need to take a break from all your tasks & projects, you are welcome to come by my place for a few cold beers. Of course, I do need help setting up my shop. Would you like a beer? There are no kids here so foul language is not a problem. Would you like another beer?

Good luck with the sub panel & reorganization. However, we need pictures of the progress, if possible.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 07:23 AM

Lots to ponder there, I hope it all goes well for you.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 01:45 PM

It sounds like you are finally getting someplace with your shop, and with the freezer comes electricity. I get a headache thinking about your present situation.

Back here at the vacation house for a short week. We have friends with us, Brad and Suzy, and Brad and I are going to pick up a bandsaw today. We will try to get it set up, and then use it to get the miter saw on a cabinet and wheels. I will be happy to get just that much done in the next two days, and it is probably asking too much of my energy and luck reservoir. But this visit the shop should really get up and running here. Got to put edging on the bench and install the wood vise, and make a board mount for the machinists vise that I can attach to the workbend as needed.

So busy here as well. More later. I will try to take pictures as we go along…...with my iPhone, which I haven’t done before…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 03:09 PM

Sounds great Jim!

I am presently having fits trying to figure out my bench situation. I would LOVE to stash the compressor behind the bench so I can keep my Thien pre separator, but that might prove to be a design nightmare… I keep tinkering with the thought. No matter what, I have to carve out a space 24”x24”x42” for this sucker… I REALLY want in in that back corner because my power project plans included a circuit dedicated to the compressor and dust collector as I will never run them both at the same time.

I got more work on clearing off / dismantling the original bench done last night. The old vise is off, the SMS dust hood is off, and almost all the misc stuff that has been littering it for years is gone now…

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 04:24 PM

As noted in my comment to your next part, working on the bench and stuff here (in Washington) as well. Have to get my saws up and running, meaning the band saw, plunge saw, and miter saw… table saw here, just no room. The band saw and the plunge saw will do the ripping.

Well off to the shop for awhile…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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