A journey into the workshop. #101: Recent flare ups have convinced me...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-13-2016 05:31 PM 950 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The most recent flare up of my back problems have convinced both myself, and my doctor that I need to improve my shop layout. Okay not my doctor directly, but indirectly he agrees I need to avoid lifting / moving heavy ackward items as much as possible.

So I am back at it looking into shop storage / tool racking options for bench top type tools…

I have no problems with the bench grinder. A simple stand to mount the plate on scooted in right next to the lathe and I am golden, The problem children are going to be the planer and jointer. I am considering some major shop changes that might help though.

A long time ago I decided that #1. The HF 2HP DC with a Thien separator, AND a shop van with a Thien trash can separator are too much… Don’t get me wrong, the trash can separator works wonderfully. But I just don’t need it with the full on dust collector, and I realized pretty quickly a long time ago that the long top / fence for my Ryobi BT3100 was just gross overkill. I don’t crosscut 4×8 sheet goods on my table saw. I work in chunks smaller than 4×4 that the standard rails can accomodate no problem. So the thought is this…

#1. Sell off, or give to a worthy cause my Thien trrash can / shop vac separator. Not getting rid of the vac, just the separator. Might do this after I finish sanding drywall in the house though. #2. Give away or sell off my current 55 gallon Thien separator, I want to go back to an in ring separator design as it takes up less shop space..

Once those are done I will need to do the following.

#1. Build a flip top tool stand for my jointer and planer that would stow in the current space under what is now the table saw extension. #2. Build a flip top tool stand for my Ridgid oscillating sander / scroll saw. #3. Make a simple solid stand for the bench grinder / sharpening station that can slide in next to and somewhat behind the lathe. #4. Build a cabinet that will straddle the base of the drill press that will keep as much of my drilling accessories as close to waist height as possible.

The shop cleanup was put on hold over the weekend due to family time demands, but will be picked back up somewhat tonight. Maybe, just maybe tonight is the night I find my hole saws!

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 06-14-2016 03:19 PM

I don’t have to do much heavy lifting and moving in my shop, other than my super sled. I may yet set up a lift like some people use for large pieces of sheet goods. But at this time, the shop is not a problem for my back. Since I have a relatively dedicated space, I am in a better position than you are. My Delta dust collector handles stuff well enough that I haven’t felt the need for a large separator.

Hope you can get that shop organized, and keep it organized. The key is having a place for everything, and keeping only shop things in the shop space. Your space constraints make that difficult.

I have a couple of shop items that need some finishing. I may yet stray from my old standby, WATCO, just because of the fumes. But since it is summer, I can open doors, or even take drying items out of the shop and garage. However, I have been busy putting the finishing touches on the raised bed with removable cover. Hopefully will put that to rest today.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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