Shop Cleanup, Catch-Up, and Redo #2: I like it when a plan comes together

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Blog entry by sIKE posted 09-25-2011 05:18 AM 12067 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting Started Part 2 of Shop Cleanup, Catch-Up, and Redo series Part 3: Slow Progress but the Air Compressor line work is done (mostly) »

I know it been two weeks but I have been a bit busy with work. I did spend last weekend tearing things down and pulling the bench off the wall. Aye, what a job and a mess!

So I started the improvements in the left corner of the shop where the Revolving Tool Station lives.
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My Air Compressor line comes down from the loft in this corner so that was the first thing that I worked on.

I am using a RapidAir based solution here.

I then proceeded to clean up the Tool Station itself and finished up securing the electrical run up under in the storage area. Next up was the Dust Collection for the station. This one was tough, I spent a good amount of time noodling this solution in my brain. Here is what I came up with, with this just being the hard line.

I attached a hose from an old, burnt up shop vac and I am supporting it with a tool balancer that I picked up on the cheap from a liquidation sale from shutdown of the Dell Assembly line here in Austin.

When I need to use the line on the station I can just pull it down and when it is not needed it up and out of the way. You may be saying where is the blast gate? Well that is next on the list of improvements. The main line for my dust collection is down underneath the bench.

Well here is where the blast gates will live. They too will be up underneath the miter bench. Note that I am using no clog Blast Gates, I found these at Woodcraft a while back, I like the idea, and I’ll let you know how they work over the long haul.

Other items of interest is that I have pulled the copper grounding wire from the inside of the pipe. I am still planning on wrapping the outside of the pipe with the copper wire again just to keep the static electricity away. I now know static electricity will not start a fire in a wood shop, I just do not like getting zapped! I managed to get the left bench backup against the wall and leveled before running out of time this evening. Here is how things look at the end of the day.

You can see the threaded rod running up from the blast gate center right of the picture. I will detail this solution once I am done working out the kinks.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 06:55 AM

Looks wonderful. What a great idea for the set up

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 03:41 PM


-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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