I have made some progress on the shop. I have got the first stage of my wood lathe done. I intend to make some improvements to it like a dust collection system and a modified tool rest but, these can wait until I have the shop done (basically that is- I know a shop is never “finished”). I have my extension on the lathe and I made an oak key for the tailstock (see pics). Concering the image of the tailstock on the ways, I have since trimmed the key flush with the top. I will eventually replace the undersized round steel guide with a close fit steel Tee nut but, for now this will work. I have some oak salvaged from an old corral and it’s insides are tough stuff! It will work hold up for a while. The lathe extension will let me turn up to 42”. Also, at the moment I have a 4 jaw chuck on the lathe too. (see pics).
Right now I am focusing on my table saw. It is a Hitachi C10fl 10”. It appears to be the same as Lowe’s current PC except the PC has a much better wheel lift/lock system. My Hitachi has lift/locks on each wheel and are kind of wimpy. But the controls and other features are all located and work the same.
I am updating the saw with a new fence and miter gauge. The fence is a “shop fox W1410.” Here’s a link to an example- http://www.woodstockint.com/products/W1410/. Of course, the fence that came with my saw was drek. I had to measure front and back every time. There was no way it was holding square. Also, the ‘miter gauge’ provided was a joke too. I wound up getting an Incra 1000SE miter gauge. Here’s a review- http://www.newwoodworker.com/reviews/incra1000servu.html. I did a lot of research and made my choices on that plus price. I wasn’t trying to cut corners on these but I couldn’t and didn’t want to just buy the most expensive. I will be glad to post reviews after I have used them some. In the mean time, I welcome opinions about them.
One more thing about the saw, the blade guard was a mess too so I have ordered a “Shark Guard.” I’ll let you all know wen that comes in but it’ll be several weeks yet.
The most obvious addition are two steel cabinets. I was hideously shocked to learn what such things cost these days but, I am an old fa-geezer and just don’t have overly much use for plastic. I found these cabinets at a used office furniture place. They are “State Farm” surplus and heavier steel than the new cabinets he’s selling. They are 36”w x 78”h and plenty deep. He had 4 of them at $285 ea but I got him to sell them to me for $875, $947 w/tax and I picked them up. Still and all, considering today’s market, I think I did quite well on them. I haven’t made up my mind about where to put them. I am not so sure I like them in the middle.
Here are some new photos. The miter saw table will be going into the long space on the left wall. The table saw is approximately in it’s final position. The rest of the right wall is still undecided. You can also see my old drafting turned work tables. However, I will likely build a dedicated work table with end vice to replace the end one (closest in pics.)
Below are a few shots of the rat’s nest I have been working in/out of. It is worse than usual at the moment with all attention on the other.
That mess is the future location of my “clean room” if you can believe that!