Shop Upgrades #16: Shop Organization Shopping trip

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Blog entry by bkseitz posted 03-04-2016 02:53 PM 998 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Band Saw Fence Part 16 of Shop Upgrades series Part 17: Rockler Demo and Unexpected Shopping trip »

Made a run to Rockler on way home from work yesterday. Spent way too much time looking at the toys: Worksharp system, M.POWER CRB7 MK3 7-In-1 Router Jig, etc. Too easy to get caught up with all the possibilities.

Got back down to the business I went there for. Purchase some 4” Casters for DownDraft/Sanding Table Build, some additional miter guides for Band Saw Fence build, DustRight 21’ x 4” hose for dust collection project, and a table saw insert to make a 3/4” dado Zero Clearance insert—didn’t like the metal one Craftsman offers, it has too much of a gap between blade and table.

Spent about a half hour with Rockler staff discussing Dust Collection project and getting feedback on the Trend Airshield Pro. My friends over there didn’t have much to say about its dust filtering capabilities, but loved the anti-fog feature and primarily bought it to protect themselves against flying debris from the lath. Anyone have any comments on the Airshield Pro’s Dust Protection capabilities?

I was hoping this weekend I was going to get back to clean up of East Half of Barn, but likely I’ll be working on new project at work over the weekend. Might be able to steal back about 30 minutes here and there to work in shop.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 04:17 PM

That’s funny the bigger the shop the more room to clutter it up me thinks. lol
Not that I would be complaining with that much room I need to add.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 04:21 PM

Yeah, I’m doing a clean up this morning so I can get something done once and for all.

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 06:03 PM

That s funny the bigger the shop the more room to clutter it up me thinks. lol
Not that I would be complaining with that much room I need to add.

- htl

@htl, I’d agree except it wasn’t a shop originally. This was a barn for storage of RV, Farming Equipment, etc. and a tiny corner for a workbench when we purchased the property. The barn became a dump yard for stuff we didn’t have time to deal with when we moved up from SoCal. So it eventually became a blackhole swallowing everything that didn’t have a home inside out house.

Fast forward several years; wife asked if I could build some stuff for her. At that time I had only a large Automotive Chest and Cabinet I thought I was going to sell off as I’d stopped working on cars decades ago and a 8” “toy” craftsman table saw. Suddenly I need a workshop, equipment and tools. I craved out a small corner to hold Chest and Cabinet and put a 10” Contractor Saw…over time each project I get asked to do seems to involve other woodworking or carpentry skills and tools. Eventually I decided I better read up on this stuff and build a proper shop. I had budgeted a small fortune ;-) to equip the shop: Well let’s say a very, very, very, small fortune. I went down the list of equipment to purchase not really knowing what I was going to do. That resulted in a few missteps: purchased a lath that has gathered dust, a radial arm saw that quickly became a clutter collector table, built a classic workbench that while works for typical? woodworkers doesn’t match up to what I’m doing and a few hand tools I rarely use (chisels and planes).

A couple years ago I started to see some common themes to what projects I do and started to remodel the shop—reclaiming space along the way—to support those projects: cabinetry, trim carpentry, and some farm projects. During this time I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube guys on their projects and joined Lumberjocks where I’ve been throwing out project ideas for comment to see if there are better ways to do things (e.g., Band Saw Fence, Dust Collection, etc.)

I wouldn’t put me in the complete novice category any more, but neither would I claim any real expertise. I expect I’ll have time to develop such as I plan on retiring in about 5 years

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#4 posted 03-04-2016 11:13 PM

Ya, I’m in the same boat, in the proses of remodeling the shop, its been a working wood shop for many years, but I didn’t have the proper place to put stuff. I got the wood rack and plywood rack done, now have to start on some cabinets to store things in, and a dedicated bench for the miter saw, then move my machinery around to more adventitious positions, then of course redo the dust collection piping, ect,ect. I’m also going to retire in 5 years and decided I’d better start getting the shop ready since I’ll be spending a lot more time in there, YEA,

-- Colombia Custom woodworking

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#5 posted 03-04-2016 11:27 PM

@Lee, yup sounds like the same boat. Just discussing some of this with my honey this morning. I really had not figured I would be doing woodworking for a hobby. I figured I’d play in the kitchen…I love to cook al sorts of cuisines (actually how I hooked my wife; made a 12 course Spanish meal on 2nd date).

However over the past several years as I developed some level of competence (make that I haven’t cut off any limbs or fingers) woodworking transitioned tasks to do for my wife to something I enjoy doing and want to learn more about.

I’m hoping that by end of this summer the shop remodel will be finished and it’ll be a reasonably safe and fun place to work. Currently the power tools and table saw are the only comfortable places to work, which is disappointing cause the assembly bench I built was really the center of all my woodworking efforts…but right now its become a sorting table.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#6 posted 03-06-2016 05:22 AM

I am still setting mine new shop up. Weather and no heat has been a big issue

-- Norman

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#7 posted 03-07-2016 03:18 PM

@NormG I understand completely. During the previous winters and falls its been difficult to get motivated to go out to the shop and do anything in 40 or less weather.

Since my shop is in an Steel Barn the cold and moisture would just ooze through chilling me to the bone. The propane heaters take a while to heat up the place, so unless I’ve got a lot of time craved out for shop time, I don’t bother starting these up. Instead its been a heavy jacket, work as long as I can and run under infrared heaters I put up in my auto shop / break area. Then back again after I’ve defrosted. Over the past few years as I reclaim space in the barn I’ve been putting up 1” rigid foam insolation, 3/4” OSB, and Husky Secure Track tracks as walls. I’ve 1/3 of the barn walls covered so far, but it has made a big difference I don’t feel the heat being sucked out of me as before. Still on the to do list is insulating the other 2/3rds, installing a wood store or commercial propane heater, then a wood floor to cover the concrete pad. Considering one of several DRIcore Subfloor Panel options from Home Depot:

Standard DriCore Panel

Aspen Insulated Panel

That is advertised to:

•Easy-to-install subfloor panels lower energy costs year-round
•Makes basement floors feel 10 degrees warmer
•Ideal for basements, garages or over any concrete slab

I figure these upgrades should give me shirt sleeve or close to shirt sleeve temperature year round. Summer heat I don’t worry much…one the two barn doors and its cool enough.

The manager I’d been dealing with at Spanaway, Wa. Home Depot came through with the Ryobi One+ Sander vacuum adapter and gave me a deal on two Husky cabinets (display stock) since these have been discounted. If she comes through on finding the rest of the Husky Track I need to complete the barn and a potting shed for my honey, I’ll be placing a huge order with her for the subfloor panels this summer (I hope).

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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