Workshop **Work In Progress** #8: Realizing My Place

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Blog entry by brukilla posted 09-13-2011 03:12 AM 15764 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The workshop has come along, but I am atan absolute stand still. I need some wood!! I have to pay a bunch of money for day care to support the wife in grad school. I even worked OT to buy some wood, but that went to the ol’ take care of my kids fund.

Time has only given me a good chance to wrap my head around my tools. It is a lot to take in. I even had a moment of – what the hell was I thinking, I can’t do this moment – but that faded quickly once I started envisioning my shop….again.

I have realized that I really don’t have a lot of space, and that will even become quite less when putting together a project and doing glue-ups and the like. So, I have come up with the following for the shop, in order of build):

1. Knock-Down Shop Workstation (or…a rigid saw horse thing) - This thing is awesome. I am going to build two of them so that I can lay sacrificial boards on top and have a ply break down station. I can also build specialty tops using plywood and cleats (i.e. infeed or outfeed for ts or planer, tool stands, etc). These things will break down and get stored on a french cleat system.

2. Flip Stand - This is an absolute must, as it will have my planer and miter saw, saving a ton of space with mobility. I got the idea here at LJ (I would have never thought of it), and I will be putting my own spin on the project. It will also incorporate the functionality of the knock-down shop workstations.

3. Shop Vacuum Station - Since I do have a dust deputy, and, since I don’t want to keep dragging everything around, falling over, etc, the vacuum station should come in quite handy. I also want it to pivot with the ts, so I will have a latch for it to connect to the base or something.

4. French Cleat System - This will undergo modifications and additions as I build the shop. I also plan on hanging cabinets from them.

5. Torsion Box Assembly Table - The humidity out here is crazy. I know years will warp any tabletop I throw at it, so I will build a torsion box tabletop with cabinets underneath to house the air compressor and other stuff. I will decide later on dimensions and creature comforts. I may make it the ts outfeed table, but I have to compete with a really unlevel garage floor and I may have issues getting it level with the ts top.

Well, I think tahis would be a good start and add to my workflow and efficiency in the shop, while saving space. I’ll keep looking for other ideas to make best use of my limited space. And, I can’t forget to plan an actual woodworking project outside the shop.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 03:57 AM

Thick foam insulation will work better than sacrificial board for your plywood breakdown station. All of your ideas look good to me. As for you needing wood, I am constantly amazed at what people GIVE AWAY on the free section of Craigs List. Good luck.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 04:10 AM

It would be quick and easy too. I have a spot for overhead storage where an old pvc pipe fishing rack used to be. How long do they typically last?? 30 sheets, 40 sheets, less?

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 06:01 AM

I like the knock down bench, I might have to build me one of those. When do we get to see updated pics of your shop? you know I love seeing shops, your TS-LS INCRA system with the grizzly TS was my dream setup until I found the combo #3 on CL. Love’d to see it set up with the rest of your tools.

Looking good so far man! it’s a lot of fun setting up the shop!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 02:02 PM

gfadvm is right. Craig’s List is a fantastic resource, not just for the free lumber, wood, and even logs, but the tools people are selling. In the past few months I’ve bought a log arch, engine hoist and a huge sander that has an inflatable drum on one side and a flap sander on the other. It also included the metal base with storage for sandpaper underneath and dust collection is built it! If I had bought those 3 items new, I would have spent over $3000. By checking Craig’s List a couple of times a day, I got all three items for $800. To find big ticket items that I’d be willing to drive to pick up, I use to search the entire Craig’s List. You can see each city’s results or lump them all together and select the distance you’d be willing to go to pick up your purchase. The only problem with buying cheep tools is, I’m out of shop space and I’m sawing lumber to build a new shop…

If you were closer, I’d be glad to help you with your wood problem. I’ve got a lot of wood that I’d give away if you were close enough to pick it up. My problem is slightly different, but related. Those free logs on Craig’s List, result in a lot of wood I can’t or don’t use. Here’ what I do with the stuff I don’t have a use for…

This pile is mostly bark I pealed from a big red oak log that’s stacked and drying. This pile doesn’t have a lot of useful wood at all. It’s almost all bark or bark covered slabs that are mostly sapwood. There are a couple of big chunks of red oak burning that I had to cut off another log before I could load it. A 28” log with a 2” limb sticking out the side doesn’t roll up the ramp worth a hoot… This lump could have been turned into something pretty on a lathe, but I’d rather make something from the cherry, walnut, maple, pear, apple, dogwood, box elder, or sycamore that’s waiting to be used.

Search google for small sawmill operations near you and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of them around you. A lot of them sell lumber in the “materials’ section on Craig’s List too. Prices for wood are so low, you’ll get high quality wood for less than you’d pay for pine at one of the big box stores. The best tool purchase I ever made was my planner and my jointer. I bought 500 bft of walnut, my planner and my jointer for less than I would have paid for the walnut at a wood store or lumberyard. You can save even more if you buy fresh sawn lumber and dry it yourself.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 06:14 PM

I have checked CL several times, but it seems as if Louisiana is not a good (free) wood spot. This is one spot in America where no woodworking shows happen, no woodworking schools exist (to my knowledge), and any wood besides pine is expensive.

Thanks for the info. I like the searchtempest, it works great.

I have found other items on CL so far – like my set of Groz squares and the superbar for tool calibrating.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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