The Shop is Coming Together...

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Project by Calgirl posted 02-09-2008 04:42 AM 3915 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All
It’s been a while since I have updated you on my dream shop. I am working most days trying to install the insulation and wallboard. Finally the cyclone is installed and operational although tomorrow will be the day I first actually hook it up to a tool. I opened all the ports, somewhere around 8, and turned the cyclone on with the remote control. Surprisingly, I got a pretty good flow thru all 8 ports. The ports are each 6 inches so the CFM’s are better than expected. I mounted it between the rafters as you can see in the picture. I am very pleased with how it came out. I still have to build the trap door to the attic beside the cyclone for access to the motor and electrical hook-up. Eventually I intend to enclose the cyclone and the compressor for noise control.

The compressor piping is in and one wall outlet is complete. There will be another wall outlet on the opposing wall and one that drops down from the ceiling over the workbench. Also, eventually I will hook the system up to the pipe that goes into the garage so that I can air my tires, etc.

I am about 3/4ths complete on the wall insulation and have done a small amount of the ceiling insulation going around those areas where I need access for attic work which is still incomplete. I want to get the walkway in on both sides of the centerline in the attic, and also the support for the storage which will run on both sides of the walkway. Originally I had the builders install the attic ladder, but realized that it was in the way of my Unisaw side table, so I had to move it. Boy, was that a job! That ladder must weigh 70 pounds! I moved it without help except for several ropes and some pulleys. But it is now where I need for it to be, and there is space next to the ladder for a dumbwaiter thingy to help hoist the heavy storage bins up and down from the attic.

I have completed 4 of the six skylights. I used hardboard, which I painted and then insulated. I found that it is easier to put the insulation up first and then nail in the hardboard tunnel.

Tomorrow I plan to move the Unisaw to it’s proper place and then hook it up to the dust collector. I am going to hook up the 4” port and leave the 2” topside port for later. Also, after that, I can move the sawhorses out of the way and get the wall insulation and wallboard up so that I can start building the storage “box” for the 4×8 sheet goods. I’m thinking of building a panel saw contraption on the face of the storage “box”, but will probably do that work later.

It’s a major problem having to move everything around to be able to get to the walls, etc. but it can’t be helped, so I deal with it. The long temporary bench which I build for the SCMS can then be disassembled and the final SCMS bench can be built on the other wall where it will live permanently. The permanent bench will be 15 feet long and will also house the mortiser and a downdraft sanding table.

I figure that in about 6 months I will actually be able to build my first furniture project because I have to build all the shop furniture as I go. But don’t think that I am complaining… is fun every day working away in my beautiful shop, music playing and surrounded by peace and serenity.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 02-09-2008 04:49 AM

Well, we’ve been wondering?? Looks like it is all fitting together. Pretty soon.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-09-2008 04:51 AM

Looks like you’re going to have one very nice shop when you’re finished.

What brand cyclone is that? I’ve never seen a clear one before.

-- Still learning everything

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#3 posted 02-09-2008 04:52 AM

we have been wondering where you have been-now we know. shop is looking good.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#4 posted 02-09-2008 04:55 AM

The cyclone is a Clearvue Cyclone….they have a website. I have to admit that it was a bit** to install but I am extremely pleased with how it operates. I turned it on once before it was hooked up to any of the ports and it created such a dust cloud from all the dust on the floor…, I never did that again!

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 02-09-2008 05:27 AM

Congrats on the shop. It appears to be coming along nicely.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-09-2008 06:00 AM

I was just wondering about you today. Thanks for the update. I’m glad to see that everything is coming together nicely. It’s really looking good.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 02-09-2008 06:32 AM

Looking good. I bet you can’t wait to get to some real woodworking, huh?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 02-09-2008 11:38 AM

Now that looks like a mighty fine workshop. We should be seeing some great projects coming out of there soon.

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#9 posted 02-09-2008 01:10 PM

Wow, now I see why we haven’t heard from you….you’ve been busy. Nice stuff! Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 01:36 PM

Looking good. It’ll be nice to have Skylights.

-- Andy

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#11 posted 02-09-2008 01:41 PM

Wow, looks like it’s all coming together nicely. The cyclone looks great, same as TWW has if I’m not wrong. He says he really likes his. Looks like things are going along nicely…thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#12 posted 02-09-2008 03:48 PM

Nice to see you return Calgirl! Your shop is looking nice too!

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#13 posted 02-10-2008 07:34 AM

Are you going to take pictures of the Clearvue working before you box it in? That is too cool.

Nice looking shop.

I guess we will still have to wait for the curtains and dust ruffles.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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