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Shop Improvements #5: Lumber Rack Complete - Tool Additions

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Blog entry by Cathie Zimmerman posted 05-04-2016 09:03 AM 643 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m happy to report the lumber rack is complete. It’s smaller than I drew up, but I found that just two rows fits what I need for now. Those pics are in the updates I put in my workshop section. I’m beyond happy to have finally finished that part of the organizational undertaking. No more tripping on wood. Now to building the sheet goods rack? To be determined I suppose. I’m just excited to get back to the kids table and chairs I was working on before I got tired of tripping over materials.

As for tool additions… You’ll notice some new ones! That Ridgid drill press is awesome. It works well with no issues at all. It was outside in a shop that was shaded by a HUGE tree and a small roof top. The guy was a machinist and found he didn’t really have a use for a non-industrial drill press. He had several expensive antique drill presses he was restoring as a hobby. Wow were they beautiful. Anyway, $100 and it was mine. It’s so smooth. He threw in a Milwaukee hole saw kit, two boxes full of bits and a large vice with anvil too. Nice guy for sure.

The belt/disc sander (Craftsman) was another great and random find. Poor guy was going through a break up he initiated over a misunderstanding… And she took the opportunity to not look back. He was unloading and downsizing so he let the sander and the 10” Ryobi bandsaw you see (plus stand) for somewhere just under $200 I think. Both were NEW in the box!! I can’t believe how fortunate I’ve been. I’ve never been the one to find the deals!

So it looks like everything is coming together nicely. I’ve organized power cords and run them along the wall to the heavy duty rated strip that I mounted in the middle. Until I figure out how to plan and run my dust collection ducts for the big collector, I’ll be running the shop hose flex for those three machines.

I can’t say I’ve used the French cleat much. The boards may be a bit to close and I’m still building the little fixtures to hang my gear on. Who knows… Maybe I’ll replace it with peg board? We’ll see I suppose. I may ask for some feedback and opinions on that one.

Anyway, off to sleep!



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