Setting up: The New Old Shop

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 03-23-2018 02:39 AM 1191 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We moved to our new place in 2016. Setting up the shop has been very slow….I’ll blame the kids. : )

The new shop is a 2 car garage, right next with a one car workshop. The two car bay was built with the house in 1946 and the one car added on some time later. The one bay side workshop is junky right now and full of house and electrical parts.
Good News: I have a separate barn for wood storage now!

Above is the view of the two car bay with Table Saw/Jointer in the middle.

So far I have:
• Upgraded sub panel
• Added two circuits of wall plugs. One for the workbench and one for the medium sized tools
• Added a circuit of 240v power for the jointer and table saw in the rafters
• Sorted, organized, and labeled into the cabinets.
• Reinstalled pulleys and belts on Jointer. Pulley key fell out during move.
• Realigned table saw tables
• Hung Air Handler
• Made a batch of push sticks

Shop Corner: With Sink. Water Heater is in the bump out. My Drill press fits perfectly in the alcove. Planning on moving Planer to other side closer to the dust run.

Looking to far corner. with a sharpening station, lumber rack, band saw, and air handler. So many cabinets!

My work bench area. I need to add a few more pegs and a really bright light above it. My single bulb is not working for my old eyes.

Things I miss from old shop:
• Clean floor (I never parked on it).
• Better Light. My old shop had 3 large light arrays, a french door, white paint, and two big windows.
• Water Tight (new shop lets in a little water near the garage door).
• Warmer/cooler. It was heavily insulated and dry walled.

Things I like better about this shop:
•Tons of built in cabinetry. It’s just Ikea white but I actually have empty cabinets.
•Better View when the doors are open.
•Plumbed for Water with a laundry sink.
• Roll Up Door
• Separate lumber storage.

To Do List:
•Install Lighting. I ordered two 8-ft LED fixtures. Hope to install in a week or so when it arrives.
•Move Dust collector into third bay and run ducting through wall. Add cyclone separator and remote.
•Clean out third Bay.
•Organize/Label Hardware.
• Sharpen the hand tools
•Organize and rack wood. It is in the barn on saw horses.

Tools to buy:
Cyclone Separator.

I’m on spring break and spent today day making a batch of push sticks/ realizing all the tools that need to be lubricated after sitting for two years. I’ve missed woodworking.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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