Workshop Development #60: Need to work on the lumber wagon... And planned upgrades to both the shop, and wagon.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-30-2012 07:10 PM 2215 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 59: Installing the insulation. Part 60 of Workshop Development series Part 61: Been a while. Starting to get the sheet rock on the walls. Planning the next stages. »

I need to get sheet rock to finish my current shop disaster project. One very, very big problem…

The lumber wagon is busted.

I was working on mounting up a hidden winch, and trying to adjust the factory transmission cooler lines just a smidgeon to the side when something went POP!

Sure enough, I actually cracked the trans cooler itself…

A quick call to Tasca Ford Parts and a new cooler, the upgrade model from the Towing package got sent along…

Now I need to crawl under the beast and swap out the cooler, the refill the tranny to the full mark.

I don’t think current Fords take Type F transmission fluid like the old ones did. I need to read my manual before I go dropping the wrong stuff down the tube…

Once the cooler is installed, I go to Home Depot. or Lowes, whoever has the better price on 5/8 fire rated drywall (yeah, like the electrical boxes are fire stops, but whatever, the code guy says okay…) and then I get to rocking the walls that are done. Then I rehang the goodies that have been living on the floor, cut up a mount board, and of course mount the scroll saw so I can relocate the tool stacker, and include the scroll saw in that whole deal…

I have a few other upgrades coming in short order.

For the lumber wagon.

#1. Fresh set of shocks. At 95K miles, the oversize tires I run have flogged the snot out of my shocks. I am upgrading to Rancho RS5000s. Too bad Rancho doesn’t make an RS9000 for the front end of my truck, but oh well… The RS5000 is what they reccommend for the heavier wheel / tire combo. #2. Fresh set of tires. The old set after 35K are trashed. Particularly since I have had a bad alignment and bad shocks for most of that time. I am going with a fresh set of Hercules Trail Digger MTs in 35×12.50/17 load range D. They come in E, but this is a half ton truck. I don’t want load range E as I like my kidneys… My 2 rear tires are still in okay shape. I will have one mounted to the OEM rim, and will keep the second one. I am going to eventually pick up 2 of the same rims I have for road wheels, so I can toss a second spare in the bed for more serious off road excursions, like driving in Louisiana… #3. Full out 4 wheel alignment. Yeah I know the rear can only do thrust, but you get the idea. Line the fronts up to the rear so everything is going the same way…

For the shop.

To complete the project I started already. #1. Finish marking along the floor where the studs / stud centers on the unrocked walls are. #2. Rock, tape, and mud the open walls. This WILL require assistance. I may hire the job out. #3. Sand the mud reasonably flat, this is a shop after all and not a living room. Prime the wall and paint it bright white. #4. Using a pencil and drywall square, mark center locations for each, and every single stud along the wall. #5. Mark off wiring locations (screws and nails verboten in this area!) #6. Move tool stacker to newly rocked wall next to water softener #7. Build and install mount boards and brackets for doing a side flip / wall mount thing with my HF DC, putting the impeller up over the 55 gallon Thien, and the whole impeller / inlet ring level to each other. This is as close to a cyclone as I am going to get for at least another $1,200.00 that needs to go elsewhere… #8. Reinstall dust collection ductwork, reworking it to cover the SCMS bench and mortiser. #9. Re-hang the clamshell tool cabinets a total of 8’ apart outer end to outer end, mount up “Bridge shelf” to the top of the cabs. #10. Move band saw, lathe, table saw, workbench, and drill press back to their proper locations. #11. Drink a few beers.

To move on to the next phase on the project not yet started. #1. Build an at least temporary clamp / safety gear rack such that I can move clamps, safety glasses etc… off of the far wall. #2. Move drill press over to whatever open floor space I have on the east side of the shop. Move lawn and garden stuff into the space the drill press lives in. Leaving at LEAST a 10’ long x 3’ wide space for… #3. Empty lumber racks onto the floor. Using a moisture barrier sheet underneath, stack and sticker the stock using 3/4 ply stickers (I have LOTS of that). #4. Remove lumber rack from west wall. #5. Remove any other forgotten mounted items from the west wall. #6. Cover anything in the shop I don’t want drywall dust on and carefully remove sheetrock from ONLY the west wall. #7. Take lumber wagon back to Home Depot to grab 5 more R13 Kraft faced rolls (what the inspector said I needed to pass). (This will leave me with a little bit of extra). 6 sheets of 5×8 fire rated sheet rock, and 2 -3 cans expanding foam for any open holes / gaps etc… #8. Insulate and seal the open wall. #9. Mark locations of studs, and stud centers along ceiling and floor. #10. Rock, tape, mud, and sand the open wall. #11. Prime and paint the wall. #12. Mark stud centers. #13. Disassemble temporary clamp rack / cart. #14. Build and install swing out sheet goods rack. #15. Reinstall clamp rack, protective equipment shelf, and lumber rack. Repopulate those items with their respective storage items. #16. Size and mount plywood mounting board for lawn and garden items. This will be removed when L&G is moved to a shed. #17. Move lawn and garden items back to the corner where they belong. #18. Move all tools and fixtures back where they belong. #19. Remove anything that is presently in the cubby that is reserved for the upright freezer, move said freezer into shop. #20. Drink a few beers.

Now that we have the BIG part of the work done we move on to the storage projects. #1. Finish building and installing the drawers for the miter saw workstation. Populate them with the “stuff” in the totes. Table saw and router accessories mostly. #2. Finish building and plumbing the miter saw dust hood. #3. Build, install, and populate Drill Press Mobile Base cabinet. #4. Build new workbench. Keeping similar dimensions, but making the top from a SYP 2x gluelam so that each segment is after final milling / dimensioning 1.25” side x side and 3” tall. Total gluelam to be 24” deep x 72” long x 3” thick. I MAY breadboard the ends. I MAY not. Haven’t decided yet. Most likely not… #5. Build and install simple bridge shelves, and plywood doors to span the space between the clamshell cabinets. The doors are to have turning tool holders attached and the whole thing is to hold turning tools and supplies at an easy to get to position. #6. Build and install a ballast box for lathe stand. Simple box to hold bags of play sand. #7. Build and install full on table saw / router table workstation for my BT3100. This would in theory free up space in the miter saw bench for various other parts, small jigs, and supplies. #8. Drink some more beers…

I am getting there. It’s going slow, but it IS going… And I am grateful.

If I haven’t mentioned it yet. NO MORE DRAGGING EXTENSION CORDS! Woo Hoo!

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 09:50 AM

Sure seems like you are keeping yourself busy there buddy – onwards and upwards. Good luck with it all.


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