|Workshop by MABFwTx||posted 05-15-2013 11:11 AM||1700 reads||0 times favorited||2 comments|
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As stated in my profile I love to tinker. So spending time making the space I have functional and easy to use is a major enjoyment, in addition to individual projects of course. My workshop is the end bay in our garage which I keep saying I cannot fit anything else in but then squeeze one more item into. The first photos are the shop on 1 April 2013. The cabinet table saw and center work bench are both on casters as shown in the 3rd photo with the work bench top 1/4 inch under the saw table to provide an out-feed table when needed. The workbench is a large H-Beam section that is strong but also will twist enough to stay solidly on the floor when moved. The bench has a 12 inch bolt pattern and T-tracks that allow me to mount fixtures while taking minimal floor space (such as my router table.) Last summer (2012) I purchased my lathe (an offer I could not refuse) which produced far to much dust and chips to work with tucked in the back of the workshop. I had jacked it up and moved it with a small dolly but it was heavy enough this was not satisfactory. My first retirement task was to add heavy casters to it and the band-saw and am ecstatic on how these are working. The band-saw has locking casters, that for my usage has been adequate. The lathe is using a rubber wheel chock that I cut down to fit the 5 inch steel wheels and this has been perfect. Second modification was a small cabinet that replaced the dust bin (which never really worked) so my basic tools roll out with the lathe. So far great and I will soon find out if the overhang is enough to keep most of the dust out of the drawers. Ignoring the time sweeping up the floor it takes less than 2 minutes to move the saw and lathe in and out of storage. This also makes sweeping up the whole shop pretty easy.