Garage Re-Do

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Blog series by MyOldGarage updated 05-04-2009 03:44 PM 21 parts 37187 reads 93 comments total

Part 1: Stopping The Madness

01-26-2009 04:33 PM by MyOldGarage | 7 comments »

Where did I lay that down at? Oh yea . . . there’s the pencil. No wait . . . I was looking for the drill chuck . . . it was . . . wait . . . is it here? No . . . hmm . . . oh look, there’s that thing I was looking for last week. Now what was I looking for again? Oh yea . . . wow . . . this would be great for something else I was doing . . . it would just take a minute to do. (Four hours later) Now what was I doing again? Yea . . . that’s my garage experience in ...

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Part 2: The Before Pic (Caution: Graphic images -- LOL!)

01-27-2009 04:35 PM by MyOldGarage | 12 comments »

Ok . . . this is just ugly I know. Part of the reason for that is it’s actually “in process” because I moved some stuff to get a work surface that I moved into the basement area. I have a 4 foot high table and a hutch type table area that I moved into the basement area for doing electronics and computer type work on. That freed up some area along the back wall, but left me with a lot of mess that was being stored on the table. Ugh. You can see the variety in stora...

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Part 3: Getting The Facts

01-28-2009 04:25 PM by MyOldGarage | 3 comments »

Ok, so I have to know where I’m starting out from and what I have so I did a little inventory last night. Below is the items I have in the garage. Wow . . . that’s a lot of stuff. I’m thinking some items might just need a re-do to gain functionality. I have one item that is on spindly 2×2 legs, but I might be able to add some addition boards/bracing and put it on wheels for a rolling work table. My next course of action will be to plug all this into Sketchup and re...

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Part 4: Creating a Plan

01-29-2009 05:05 PM by MyOldGarage | 5 comments »

So I have the dimensions of everything in the garage area, so rather than moving things multiple times in RL (real life) I’m going to create a model of the garage space and what I have in there now and see what would work and what wouldn’t work. One of my concerns is to segment the garage a bit better for metal working versus wood working. The welder/air compressor/etc.. should be in the far back left corner nearest to the fuse panel, because I have a dedicated plug right there...

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Part 5: DOH! Adding more clutter?

02-01-2009 10:29 PM by MyOldGarage | 7 comments »

Yea . . . something new followed me home the other day: And it had this big box of stuff with it . . . And inside the box . . . It was like Christmas time . . . digging into the presents: And as an added bonus . . . the jointer: I’d say I did pretty good. My dad looked at some of the stuff and I have several hundred dollars worth of stuff just in blades/arbors. Some of the things were brand new (like a tendon jig) and many were unopened. The box o...

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Part 6: The Goodies - Part 2

02-03-2009 05:54 PM by MyOldGarage | 4 comments »

Ok—so I have a TON of sawblades, 90% of them Shopsmith ones with some oddball Craftsman and other varieties in there. I grabbed a basket to put them in, many of them still NEW in the case. (No banging around at least!) I’ll have to come up with a better solution someday, but this will work for now. I got some more miter gauges . . . the plastic storage unit ended up a good temporary solution to accomodate accessories for now. I’d like to build a mobile storage cab...

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Part 7: Craigslist -- Going Outbound!

02-04-2009 07:00 PM by MyOldGarage | 2 comments »

Ok—two success stories last night. I got rid of one cheesy (cheap) toolbox that I bought years ago for the princely sum of $40 . . . some happy owner has a new $10 toolbox for his grandson. The most important part is I have more floor space! As you can see in the recently updated Sketchup drawing . . .I need it! So the plan is to keep on selling/giving away/trashing what I don’t need. Thus far I’ve discovered that if you put it on Freecycle/Freebie type listings p...

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Part 8: Almost There -- Mega Model

02-06-2009 05:20 PM by MyOldGarage | 3 comments »

I don’t know how many people have went to this extreme, but it’s about the only thing I have time to do right now . . . it takes very little time to add/refine to the Sketchup model. Here’s what the garage looks like in it’s current form . . it’s about 90% there. I don’t have some things in there yet, but it’s a pretty good picture: Right now the biggest thing is the clutter . . . the “before” photos were a bit of a worst case sce...

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Part 9: Progress -- Sweet, sweet, PROGRESS!

02-09-2009 04:15 PM by MyOldGarage | 1 comment »

The pictures don’t tell the whole tale, but they give you a glimpse. I wish we had a time lapse version of what’s happening in the garage, but I’m not taking the time to setup a web cam there. You can see the progress for yourself: And as you can see . . . it’s actually pretty close to my model. For right now we’re going back into a defensive mode and getting projects that were started (aka – the trash can holder) done and off ...

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Part 10: Sales Bonanza

02-13-2009 05:55 PM by MyOldGarage | 5 comments »

Ah—the bliss of more room! I shuffled off one old Craftsman table saw, and the individual who was picking it up made me an offer on the small Montgomery Wards one too—so I got rid of them both! (The picture is deceptive—that saw on the right is sitting on the main table for a Shopsmith 500—the blade was about 6 inches in size.) So now the space that stuff was taking up can be reallocated to some more shelving. Next up will be getting rid of the huge honkin&...

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Part 11: Dust Collection Thoughts

02-17-2009 04:26 PM by MyOldGarage | 11 comments »

This past weekend was a lot of fun. Peggy and I went to two woodworking shows and a wood working store. It’s a new affliction we have—with the new shop toys we are looking at what we “can’t live without”. Thankfully nothing else followed us home, but we did get pretty excited about dust collectors. When we were doing the Christmas gifts the sawdust being generated was being dragged into the house each time we’d come in from the garage. Peggy looked pret...

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Part 12: Dust Collection Decision

02-18-2009 04:07 PM by MyOldGarage | 2 comments »

Ok—after getting numerous comments yesterday (THANKS LJ! – You guys/gals are fantastic BTW!) I decided that a dedicated super sucker – AKA – dust collector was going to be what we needed. Over the weekend I had missed out on a Jet DC1100, and another one . . . I forget what brand it was. We figured we would end up with some deal on Craigslist and sure enough, there popped one up buried in a “wood tools for sale” ad. The price was definitely right...

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Part 13: Dust Collection Upgrades

02-19-2009 05:35 PM by MyOldGarage | 1 comment »

So now I have this huge dust collector – for what we’re envisioning it should be great for our setup. The key thing is our tools are multipurpose. One thing that Peggy was very intrigued with was the Ringmaster that came with Shopsmith #2 – the 510 model. (Read the stand-alone review here on LJ— Ringmaster) I’ve been reading a lot on Bill Pentz's dust collection site and it was a good wakeup call. Peggy and I both got sick just about the ti...

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Part 14: Super Sucker Success (Try saying that three times!)

02-23-2009 06:51 PM by MyOldGarage | 3 comments »

So over the weekend I stopped by the individual who sold me the dust collector. For another $20 I got 30 foot of 4” hose and some connectors. I then went from there to the Woodcraft store and purchased a cyclone separator lid and some other fittings to adapt to the 2 1/2 ports on the Shopsmith and called it a day. I know when it’s more time/money efficient to just purchase something rather than jumping through the hoops. $25 got me into protecting the impeller blades on the dus...

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Part 15: Coughing - Gagging?

02-24-2009 11:27 PM by MyOldGarage | 17 comments »

At first I thought it was just my imagination. I took some deep breaths this morning and felt very constricted and tight in my chest. I was just coming down the hall when I heard my wife Peggy also blowing her nose and sounding congested. We talked and neither one of us was experiencing any symptoms like that until last night’s cutting on the garbage can holder. We decided that the bag filter system was definitely next on the “must-do” items to help our health. To...

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Part 16: Air Filter Arrived!

03-06-2009 04:24 PM by MyOldGarage | 3 comments »

That’s a peek down the inside of the new Wynn Environmental filter - the 9E300BL one. I’m anxious to get some cutting done and get this puppy mounted on my Grizzly dust collector. Once I get it mounted and that, I’m going to move it over to a more permanent location and run one trunk of at least 6 inch pipe to the unit. The only problem with that is the PVC to “air pipe” sizing. It’s just frustrating to measure stuff and see the differences. I can...

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Part 17: Super Sucker Cleanup

03-08-2009 06:16 AM by MyOldGarage | 1 comment »

Ok—I’m not going to argue the virtues of the dust collection in modern psychosis treatment . . . but my therapy session is all about cutting up wood. Hmm . . . I’m on the Lumberjocks site so I guess I’m in the right place. :-) My first order of business was making sure I was properly protected. I was cutting the wood outside to boot on a nice windy day . . . that helped. Gotta love 70 degree days! (I’m smiling under that dust mask!) The first ord...

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Part 18: Super Sucker Completed

03-09-2009 05:24 PM by MyOldGarage | 0 comments »

Whew! Last night I put the finishing touches on the new filter project for the dust collector. The biggest challenge was the bag and getting that all together. I emptied the old bag and contents into a huge 55 gallon contractor style (2mil thickness) garbage bag. When I went to put the system back together I just grabbed that bag and put it back together. There was a metal band around the old top filter, so I used that on the plastic bag and tightened it up. I anxiously flipped th...

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Part 19: Somewhere . . . someday . . . somehow . . .

03-27-2009 05:47 PM by MyOldGarage | 1 comment »

I guess spring fever must have hit, last weekend I spent some time changing the plugs in my truck . . . luckily a four banger with plenty of access. While I was out there I saw two eyesores beside my shed . . . testimonies to past “What was I thinking?” projects. One was a boat step and the other was a boat . . .uh . . . air conditioner setup. The step worked, but since the boat moved and there was a plank to the dock, some people didn’t quite appreciate the movement o...

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Part 20: Re-arranging the garage . . . again

04-21-2009 10:37 PM by MyOldGarage | 1 comment »

Well, next up on the new “to-do” list is going to be getting my cantankerous dust collector settled in to a new spot. The trash can with the separator is sitting on a platform (recycled out of an old boat step I made) and actually fits quite nicely. I’ve bungy-corded the whole thing together for now, but I don’t like how the inlet side works. My vision for this is to actually have a 90 degree out of the compressor that goes directly up through the middle of th...

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Part 21: Dust Collection Tidying Up

05-04-2009 03:44 PM by MyOldGarage | 4 comments »

So this weekend we finally got the dust collector over in the final spot. I was anticipating perhaps working on my son’s gun rack, but he had other plans this weekend . . . but I knew I was going to need to do something about the dust collector hoses. When I moved the dust collector over the other night I noticed that the inlet side of the chip collector happened to fall right between the furnace ducts – the supply and returns. This gave me a great idea about running the 4 inch...

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