The last couple days have been both refreshing and frustrating. Refreshing because I can see my shop floor, my tools and things are starting to have a sense of order again. Frustrating because I’m the one that has to clean it all! At least I have some motivation…
I just recently picked up what I would call a steal of a deal – A Powermatic 1150A 15” Drill press with the Foot Pedal add-on. Got the thing for $350. Not bad, I say! Only challenge is that it must have been used in a milling operation because it was literally black except for the hood itself. I had no idea most of the iron was actually still Powermatic Gold under it all. I hit it with the degreaser, and have spent at least 2-3 hours cleaning it up. Added a laser as well. Still need a lamp. The thing that I wish I could get, though, is a mortising collar. and kit I checked out the Delta kit, a couple universals, etc. No luck – the quill is kind of a weird diameter, so I’m not having much luck. If anyone knows of any for that model, please pass it along.
After I got the drill press cleaned up, I started on the shop itself. Felt like I was knee deep in sawdust because of the Cherry and Koa cabinet I’ve been working on. I’m at the finishing stages, but never bothered cleaning up thoroughly. Between the shop still being a bit dirty, and still needing a coat or two of finish on the cabinet, I’m not quite done with everything I need to wrap up before the big move.
What? Big move? YES, indeed. My wife has agreed to let me expand from my 200 sq. ft. corner of the basement to overtake the entire thing (barring the laundry room). If the existing shop sounds small – it is. Especially when you try and jam drill presses, a table saw, a band saw, a miter saw, a jointer-planer, a couple work benches, shelving/storage and ALL your lumber in it. I’m going to blow out into the unused “sort-of rec room” part of our basement and bump up the size to between 500 and 600 sq. ft. A little breathing room at last!
The plan for the space is to now have a dedicated area for stationary tools and general power tool use, another somewhat cleaner area for assembly, hand tools and lumber storage, and lastly, a closed off room for finishing. I just ordered a decent spray kit from Woodcraft, so I’ll build in a spray hood/exhaust as well. Ideally, I’d like to get the assembly table (yet to be built) to double as a tablesaw outfeed if I can. Being in an older Craftsman style bungalow, I do have to work around a couple ducts and support posts, so the final arrangement is yet to be determined. Once I get everything situated, I can finally start looking at two of the remaining tools I’d like to add in the next year – a drum sander and a lathe.