I’ve had several new additions to my woodworking arsenal this month, two of which have increased the amount of time I’ve been spending in the shop ten fold. First, for my birthday, I received a gift certificate to the newly opened WoodCraft here in Lexington, KY. With that gift certificate I purchased a SuperNova2 Chuck for my lathe.
I’ve been wanting one since I took my first bowl turning class earlier this year; my only regret is that it took so long for me to make the purchase. Next up, just this past Friday I purchased a new Rikon 10-325 Bandsaw, also from WoodCraft. The bandsaw has yet to arrive since it’s on back order, but it should be here some time this week.
I’ve slowly been working on my garage to workshop conversion. The structure itself has needed quite a bit of work. There was quite a bit of existing water damage to the back right corner of the garage due to a clogged downspout. As a result of the rotten wood in the eave, squirrels were able to get in and make a home of the attic. As the hole grew, so did the pests. Just last month I was sitting at the dining room table trying to wake up with a hot cup of coffee when I noticed a raccoon climbing the downspout. He disappeared straight into the garage! I didn’t have time to do anything that day, but the next time I made it up to the attic I found that said raccoon had shredded every single bit of insulation it could get it’s furry paws on. And when I say shredded, I mean SHREDDED. I finished replacing the entire eave this weekend, placing vents on both sides to relieve some of the heat buildup.
My next project involves cooling and dehumidifying. Until this weekend there was absolutely no ventilation in the garage at all. Kentucky can be very hot and humid in the summer, and that heat and humidity makes working in a stuffy garage almost unbearable. Right now I have a 25” box fan sitting right in front of my lathe, but I would really like to find some sort of low cost solution to reduce the heat and humidity in the garage before all my wood is destroyed. Aside from a full time air-conditioning unit in the window I don’t think I have many options. Once the air-conditioning unit is in place I have to start saving for a heating unit before the cold hits. Last year I used a kerosene heater, but I don’t really feel safe with that kind of solution in the long run. Someone at work suggested electric baseboard heating. Anyone reading have any other suggestions?
By the way; I’ll try to get some reviews written up for the SuperNova2 Chuck and the Rikon Bandsaw as soon as possible.