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Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #11: Some Much Needed Shop Improvements

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Blog entry by Ted Ewen posted 04-14-2016 08:41 AM 891 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Lights, Power Points and a Dedicated Circuit.

One thing about living in Scandinavia: Winter days are short and dark. The previous owners were, apparently, bats because there is very little lighting anywhere in the house. While the new shop space has great windows, they do not do a lot to illuminate the shop if there is no sunlight. Even when there is, it’s not exactly the best lighting for doing detailed work and measurement.

I was using a light intended for video recording to help a little…

The electrics in the house were installed in 1964 and not updated since. We had an old school ceramic fused fuse box, and just starting the chop saw was enough to blow a fuse. We couldn’t run the washer and dryer at the same time. There were only 2 ungrounded outlets in the whole room, so I was constantly plugging and unplugging tools, not to mention treading on and tripping over extension cords. 1960’s farm wiring wasn’t up to the task.

Back in January, we replaced the fuse box with a modern breaker system. It was a huge improvement. We could now run more than one electrical appliance at a time and I could use the chop saw at the same time. We’ve not blown a circuit since.

Last week, we got the electrician back in and had him install 3 dual-ballast armatures, 5 two-socket power points, and a dedicated circuit for them. The shop is now, by far, the brightest room in the house, and I am now able to have a clear(ish) floor. Tools now have their own power points, so no more extension leads. Yay.

It’s also allowed me to finally get the bandsaw I got back in November setup and running.
Of course, everything comes at a cost. Money for materials? Maybe next quarter.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.



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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 04-14-2016 10:23 AM

Light sure is nesessary in DK! But jow starts the long days. Good to see your shop getting improving.
How is the house project going?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 10:58 AM

What a difference, like night and day. ;)

The shop looks like one, no longer like a room emptied for storage and tools. Power’s up to usability. Egad, if I could get my ass in gear and get new lines run from the service. You are getting there, Ted, inch by hard earned inch. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#3 posted 04-14-2016 02:29 PM

Things go slowly, but they go. That’s the key.
Really just stuck for sheet goods at the moment. No worries though, this too will pass.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#4 posted 04-14-2016 02:42 PM

All things shall come to pass. The trick is not to die of old age in the waiting. :D

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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Ted Ewen

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#5 posted 04-14-2016 02:49 PM

That is one of my niggling “you should be sleeping but think on this” worries: get things set up just in time to keel over of a heart attack ;)

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#6 posted 04-14-2016 02:51 PM

Same here, Ted. Same here. The only thing that helps stem the flow of anxiety is an occasional worthy accomplishment.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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