Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #74: Dungeon Workshop: Update Summer 2016, ad nauseum

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Blog entry by retired_guru posted 08-25-2016 07:33 PM 1225 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So where have I been since June? Sick for over a month. Then dealing with Dad’s Estate Sale, which was a lot of work. And then playing catchup on projects that should have been started months before. I’m still running full speed to get caught up before the cold weather arrives. Not sure if I will make it.

Earlier I had some projects in the works. As it turned out, they were all back-burnered or resolved without completion. I wasn’t upset. The dungeon needed to be organized and made totally usable before winter came and I knew the only way to do this was to put aside everything else and dig in. These pictures are of where I am as of this date. If you haven’t been following my blog since the beginning, you would do well to stop now, head back to the beginning, and see what the dungeon looked like back then. A lot has changed. I’ve found tools I had forgotten I had, acquired more tools, either through my father or on my own travels, and got rid of some that didn’t cut it or weren’t useful. I’m about 80% there now. Not bad when you consider where I started.

I’ve run out of room for sheet goods!

Also outside of the dungeon. A temp location for recently acquired reclaimed studs. I use these for general construction in the dungeon.

And this rack has been filled with some studs, way in the back and on the bottom, but mostly with short stock white and red oak.

Some subtle differences, like the assembly table raised to just under the same height as the two table saws, and a heavy shelf placed underneath. I’ve started to lay down rubber mats to cushion my feet and make floor cleaning a little easier.

A shallow cabinet was made and hung on the wall. Not sure if I will put the grinders back onto the bureau top or leave as a workspace.

What’s in the cabinet? Kreg stuff on the left, chisels on the right.

This room was totally full of junk. It’s been cleaned out and filled back up with…junk. Funny how that works. Actually, there are a couple of new benches and a small table in the room that will eventually be utilized properly. As I work over the other end of the shop this becomes the new catch-all.

I’ve relocated the drill press (in later pictures) and stripped the back wall of everything that related to it. I’m not sure if the router table with stay, which would mean the bits above would, or whether I will remove both the yellow cabinet and router table to free up that space. It’s very tight between these and the aluminum rail ends of the Hitachi table saw. The jigsaw is going elsewhere and the portable table beneath it will be folded up and put away.

Finally! I got around to putting up a pegboard framing above the workbench and hung some of my tools. Needless to say, my work flow has improved tremendously with having tools readily at hand.

Totally as an after-thought, after I had placed the newly made bench in the foreground, I build a false wall that lays atop of the two benches and is attached at the top to the house’s exterior beam. Wire racks came from Dad’s house as did the plywood backing board. Small shelf on the right was a left over from one I made and put up a while ago.

The steel shelf on top of the wide bench shows how much the concrete floor slopes away from the wall. Right now it stores most of my powered hand tools. Relocation of the drill press and mounting of related stuff on the back wall.

The plastic cabinets in this picture were reinforced with an external wood skeleton and stacked to better use space. The shelving up above is the parent project to the one in the other side of the large bench. The grinders and benchtop jointer will most likely not end up on the island bench. A good place for them while I expand out into the room on the far right of this bench.

I made a spot for the 10”x18” midi-lathe.

The last frontier. A bench will be made for the wall on the left. Not sure what else can go in this spot. The least driest spot in the dungeon.

Looking back. I dream of the day when the only things laying on the bench tops are the projects in the works and the tools immediately making them happen.

I plan on catching up with notifications I missed real soon. Thanks.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#1 posted 08-26-2016 03:37 PM

Paul, I remember when you started work on the dungeon. You have come a long way in converting it to a functional shop. Nicely done.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 02:09 AM

Paul, I remember when you started work on the dungeon. You have come a long way in converting it to a functional shop. Nicely done.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee. This year I committed to completing the shop. I’m getting there.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#3 posted 09-01-2016 03:58 PM

Hey, Paul,
You’re ‘happy place’ looks mo’ better all the time. I really like the photo of the sunlit lathe.

I’m in the same boat as you – haven’t blogged here in a long time. Mainly because I am immersed in my model rocket activities. That bug really bit me hard…I’ve been diverting a lot of time and hobby funding over to that. I do still have a couple of long-term woodworking projects on the bench that I hack and whack on periodically. Also have some vintage tool refurbs in various stages of progress. Will be back to working on that stuff again after Sep/Oct when the weather starts putting a damper on rocket flying.
Take care.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 12:23 PM

Hey Ed!

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been nearly a couple of weeks since you posted a comment I happened back here. My bad. Busy, as I will post about in today’s blog. I fell bad, but things have to get done around here. Although we have been experiencing unusually warm weather, the nights are cool and this just presses upon me how I am running out of time to get the house ready for winter as I struggle to finish up in the dungeon.

If you are active on sites that show off your model rocketry efforts, direct message me here so I can keep tabs on your progress. Model rocketry was an interest of mine in the past. I’d like to see what’s happening now.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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