Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #20: I've NO Leg to Stand On!!!

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 02-24-2013 04:17 AM 2656 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My TS gave up the “Magic Smoke” several weeks ago! 8^(
Rather than purchase a new motor at $250.00 to $400.00, I opted to purchase a used motor. That motor, with a few additional items, was purchased off of CL for $150.00. My wallet was happy with me waiting for the right CL deal to come along!!!

Here is a picture of the “donor” motor installed on my TS:

It was a very serendipitous releasing of the “magic smoke”, as the original motor was 1HP and the transplanted motor is 1-3/4HP. I love upgrades!!!

The additional items that came with the donor motor will provide further upgrades for the shop. My C’man 113 TS has the crappy stamped steel extension tables, but not much longer!!!

An image of the “Additional” items:

That is a complete C’man 315 TS (now minus a 1-3/4HP motor) with webbed CI extension tables and a mobile base. The plan is to switch out the extension tables, after infilling the finger pinchers! The mobile base will be used somewhere in the shop, as my 113 already has a Herc-U-Lift mobile base. I will look for a FREE donor motor then sell the 315 as a complete saw and recoup most of my costs. The other option is to “part out” the 315, to offset my expenses, either way, my donor motor, CI tables & mobile base will essentially be free!!!

For now, the 315 is still in my vehicle, awaiting further dissection:

You can see in the pictures, that the legs/base have been removed for transport….
Those are not the refferenced “NO Leg To Stand On” in the title of this blog installment.

Here are pics of what the title is eluding to:

The counter/bench was a ReStore purchase, that I edge banded with reclaimed oak flooring (another ReStore aquisition!). I finished the counter a while ago and it needed something to suport it. It wasn’t eligible for “Social Security” as it retired early, so I was left to build it’s support.

Due to my shop built air cleaner’s less than perfect location, the counter is positioned such that it does not block the air flow, but rather improves circulation (hopefully!). Low ceilings and space considerations forced me to place the A. C. in a small room off of the main shop. That closet houses the A. C. & my HF 2HP DC.

A french cleat will be used for hanging the counter, however additional structure is needed. The underpinnings of the counter will be fabricated from repurposed construction lumber, from….
You guessed it….
From the ReStore!!!

A pictoral of my “support structure” build:

Pieces Parts milled, labeled and awaiting assembly:

3 Sided apron under pressure, err glued & clamped:

The removed clamps reveal the apron:

The “wave”, or curve on the apron is NOT decorative, but it don’t look too shabby, If I do say so myself!!!
More on that later….

Another fascinating glue-up:

With the apron & leg assembly complete, time for the installation. There is only one leg assembly, as the left side of the counter will be supported along the adjacent wall by an ordinary cleat, not some fancy imported french cleat!!!

The “domestic” cleat was the easy peasy part. The next was a little more involved, so I took my time. For those that know me….
That could be an eternity!!!

The right side leg assembly was aligned with buscuits (not glued) and secured with pocket hole screws. I did this so the counter can be easily relocated if/when neccessary. As we all know, a shop is always evolving and changing, so I planned for that.

Biscuits & gravy:

8 Ball in the right side pocket:

There is NO stretcher preventing the leg assembly from being knocked out of whack. I didn’t want to use exposed hardware, like metal corner brackets, so I “anchored” the feet with dowels.

It’s a wood floor:

Installation complete!!!

Low & behold:

The “non-decorative” apron was designed with a purpose. Under the counter will be the home of my jointer and the fence & knobs need clearance to slide under the counter. I measured veeery carefully, you know the saying; “Measure twice”, well I measured at least fifty times!!!

Jointer in position; ready, willing & able to joint:

With the fence set for jointing at 90 degrees, the apron obstructs both knobs:

When the jointer is resting, fence is layed down to sleep:

Missed it by thaaaat much!!!:

Jointer resting comfortably & being nonintrusive:

With the A.C. intake next to the counter, the intended purpose of the counter/bench is to house my sanding station. This way the fines, that are not suck up by the DC are inhaled by the A.C.!!!

I hope this sucks, in a good way!:

My new “Sanding Station”!!!:

After all that work….
I’ve earned a cold one or twelve!!!

The transformation from Dungeon to Lair is progressing. I just need to pick up the pace. With a little more organizing, that should be possible!

Well, that’s the plan at least….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 06:08 AM

And here’s the proof… really ARE working in the shop! The new table saw motor looks kick a$$, as others have mentioned, that old 113 saw will perform great when you keep her tuned up…very nice.

I am seriously jealous of that wood floor…....very cool idea on the dowels through the floor.. The bench is just screaming style… :) I want to do the same thing with my jointer, but I have the switch on the post above that really prevents this cool way of storage. You will never regret having her tucked out of the way until called upon….

I still like the shop improvement projects the best….the sky is the limit and you get to appreciate them for every project you do thereafter…the bench looks like a fun project and the outcome is great…....carry on….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 11:43 AM

Thanks for the affirmation of a job well done!

I’m just glad I have my TS back up & running and as “Tim The Toolman Taylor” would say; with “MORE POWER huh-uh-uuh”!!! The CI extension “upgrade” may take a while, as I need to investigate infilling with an epoxy and there are more pressing projects to complete.

The dowels were an inspiration born from neccessity and lazyness!

”....Screaming with style”??? That would be of the “Present Day Americana Broke” period!!! I’ve many a shop projects that will force, err compel me to carry on!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 01:34 PM

Lookin’ good! You need more Ridgid stuff, though.

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 01:48 PM

Well that’s one thing you’ve checked off the ol’ bucket list.

”I’ve many a shop projects that will force, err compel me to carry on!”

Alrighty then.. Onward and upward! Lookin’ good so far

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 01:51 PM

Not too bad a start. Going to BLo the bare-assed wood???? Next, you might want a Plane Till to store all of them planes.

Hey, you could have used my saw, since it is still out at the old shop

It even has a well broken in motor

Might be too long a drive, though….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 01:57 PM

Looking good. Did I just see you build something? Like with glue and biskuts and dowels. Outdamnstanding.
Randy the shop is looking great and the end of that bench top is very kewl.
You have done well again.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 02:27 PM

I looove shop projects and ones that make things tidy and organized are the best! Nothing like going out to the shop and knowing where everything is, or at least where it should be.
I’m going to put this in my favourites because when the snowmobile officially moves out to the yet to be built shed,
there’a wall I’m going to take over and this would work great – place for the planer and a sanding station.

Really like it. Gold star for your sticker book.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 02:27 PM

Good looking lair/shop. I love your ingenuity and foresight.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 05:08 PM

I here that from the ladys too! That’s when I whip out my HUGE DeWalt aresenal!!!

Joe-insane, err 10asee,
Thanks for stopping in and looking around. I’d say more, but I’ve got to get to the shop….

The Bare Naked Leg & apron have all recieved a BLO & paste wax finish.
It is easy, looks good & is the only stuff in the shop….
Unless you count paint!!!

Thanks, for the kudos. No hand tools used on this build, but that day is coming. I also need to step up my joinery. I found I have an old school marking gauge in my possession. What I didn’t know is that it is also a mortise gauge. Looks like the WW gods have a plan….

Welcome to my shop, err lair(?)!!! Thanks for visiting. I love gold, &/or cash!!!
Slowly but surely the shop is getting there. One of my next projects will be a workbench, using M&T joinery. I wonder if you know anything about that???

I appreciate the kind words!
I have spent many an hour just pondering the shop setup. Some things are determined by fate (low ceilings), others are personal preference, compromises and dumb luck. I hope to put that luck to good use!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 05:48 PM

You’re not foolin’ anybody. What have you done with Randy???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 06:07 PM

looking good Randy like the jointer hide away ,and adds top shelf space too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 02-24-2013 08:25 PM

No imposter here, it’s just a matter of which pill you choose…
The red one or the blue one!!!

When your shop is only 13’ x 20’....
Ya gotz ta be ceative in storage solutions & space utilization!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 02-25-2013 12:22 AM

Looks good, Randy. Where’d you put your lathe?

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#14 posted 02-25-2013 12:46 AM

Well Randy…..which was it…..the red or the blue?

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 02-25-2013 01:27 AM

A permanent home has not yet been determined, so it is resting up against a wall & on a shelf.

The pills effect people differently, If I were to divulge which pill I took, you would be tempted to take the same color and may not get the same results. It could be disastrous for you!!! I can’t have that on my shoulders!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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