multipurpose workcenter #1: My journey to a productive workspace

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Blog entry by luv2wheels posted 08-19-2015 01:40 AM 1171 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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As seen on the cover of BH&G Wood magazine. Just to let everyone know I can not take credit for the design, etc.

When I saw this it fit my criteria of keeping it simple, using easily sourced/common materials and low cost. This will be phase #1 of helping to get my shop more organized so I will be able to make sawdust more efficiently. On my homepage I mentioned that shop pictures may be coming by the end of the year. Hopefully this workcenter will be enough of an improvement that I will not only submit pictures of the completed project, but the rest of the shop with thoughts on future improvements.

Today I bought material for the uprights. It has been stickered and weighted with cement blocks in my shop space, which has a dehumidifier set at 55. The author said he allowed 6 weeks for the lumber to acclimate, but I may try 3 to 4 weeks. If I add more material sometime in the next 2 to 3 weeks, it will have time to give up some moisture while I am using the first stash to begin building the uprights. There then will be a process in motion that I can pace according to my rate of progress. There are some who could pretty much bang out the whole project in a weekend, but for whatever reason I am most comfortable when I can break up my day with a variety of activities.

-- too old to rock & roll......

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#1 posted 08-19-2015 03:11 AM

Good that you know how you work the best! Sounds like a plan-in-motion, will be fun to see pics. Do you have a moisture meter so you can check how the lumber’s doing? I’ve discovered how nice it is to get better work-flow, piped dust collection, fewer piles.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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