So with fall and winter weather looming, it means my garage door opening and shop vac dust collection from the crosscut and TS days were numbered. Plus being on this forum really has alerted me to the issue of air quality in the shop.Already cooler temps have begun, and after reading and researching on DC units I decided it was time.
Actually things are working out as planned in a way, because I built a storage shed to gain a little more room to expand my shop and equipment area. So with the shed done and the garden stuff out of the garage I decided to make a move on a DC unit. It is a 1.5 hp canister unit from Penn State.
So this I think is where I will locate these machines into my newly gained space, and I think it will work out.
I will need to run 4 more banks of flourescent lights. One each for the crosscut and TS and two for a worktable area that I have made space for on the left wall in the pic below. I will also have to add some new receptacle drops for the saws and DC’s, so I will run split circuit receptacles for them.
I think this arrangement will work as I will have the crosscut RAS unit where it can accomodate long stock for crosscutting and the TS has an old craftsman TS behind it for a catch table, and has 8ft. behind the blade. If I need more I can just back the saw up a little.
Where I had a 12×22 space in this half of my shop before, now I easily have a third again more space. I wanted to have a decent assembly table, so this will allow room for that without still being crowded, and should still leave room for a mobile tabletop planer which is next on my list. After that it might be time for the RAS to retire and I have my eye on the Dewalt 717 sliding miter.
I would blame Scott Bryan for putting the seed in my mind to expand to the other side of the garage, LOL, but that’s just in fun as the wife is glad for me to have a hobby like this, as long as I keep the expenditures reasonable.
Dbhost has just done a blog about hobbyist shops like mine that share storage space in a garage, use a shop vac but want a DC unit, and also need more electrical. Hey thats me, and I even inherited a Central drill press, which is actually not a bad floor model unit, and a pretty dreadful bandsaw that I seldom use. Guess my shop fits that bill to the T!! Will post again when I can get the lighting, electric drops run, and a work/assembly table in place.