Contest is over, time to get back to the shop

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 02-04-2009 08:14 PM 1196 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I have completed my entry for the current contest its time to get back to working on the shop itself. I was in the process, before the contest of updating my workshop.
I will be insulating the ceiling, I have been purchasing 1 package of R30 insulation per pay period to do the ceiling. Now that I have all that I think I will need its time to crawl in the attic and get it done. Its not the most accessible area of my house but I am getting tired of being cold and hot. I know what everyone from other parts of the country are saying, cold? He doesnt know the meaing of cold. You’re right I dont.Cold here is right at or just below freezing. In fact it is supposed to be around 80 degrees today. Will be a record for this time of year.
After the insulation it tool tune up time. I have owned my table saw for a little over 3 years, Craftsman 22114, not the best in the world but has been OK so far. I will look at upgrading, hopefully to a powermatic PM 2000, in the next few years as my skills improve. This tune up include an almost complete tear down. I am going to remove the top and clean and lube all the internal components. The cranks are getting crusted with saw dust and are making an awful racket when the blade is raised/lowered or tilted. It will also be a good time to check arbor run out and look at the belt.
After the table saw it will be time to look at the jointer, i’m thinking the tables are beginning to sag. I am not getting very good or square results any longer. It is a Grizzly 6” 1182Z. Its small but for my first jointer has performed well. Time to replace the blades, check the tables and a good over all cleaning and wax the tables. Lumber is beginning to become hard to push over the cutter head, pitch build up I think. A good cleaning and coat of wax should take care of that.
I will also take a look at my planer. DeWalt 734. This thing is a work horse. I will replace the blades, they have been flipped once and I think there are a couple of small nicks in one of or all the blades.
With all the major tools being tuned up I will turn my attention to a small corner in the shop. I currently have my drill press there and i am not utilizing the area very efficiently. I will put the drill press back on casters and the corner will become my sharpening area. A small shelf will be installed and I will mount my grinder. It will be much more enjoyable to sharpen in a well lit area, its right next to the garage door and there is plenty of power there. I am also going to build a handtool cabinet to go over the bench storage area. All of my handtools, chisels, planes, scrapers etc are spread all over the place. It will probably take more time to plan the cabinet that it will be to construct it.
As things progress I will keep updating. There are some current pics of my workshop on my homepage. it wont be a total make over but I am hoping that it will lead to more efficent use of space which in turn will allow for more enjoyable time while in the shop.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 05:16 AM

So how is the shop comming Ken.

My wife wouldn’t let me get in the contest until her Kitchen is completed. What a slave driver.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 05:22 AM

karson….....Its not. I forgot I promised my mom I would build her a small bookcase. Sooooooo…...I am waiting for the paint to dry on that. Then maybe, just maybe I can get back to the priorities…

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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