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Blog series by builtinbkyn updated 03-30-2018 12:21 AM 17 parts 20920 reads 281 comments total

Part 1: Relocating To Pittsburgh and My Plans for a New Shop

09-14-2017 06:50 PM by builtinbkyn | 35 comments »

Well my closing is set for a few days from now and I’m excited and a bit anxious. So it was time to sit down and do some preliminary planning for my in home shop. This exercise has helped settled the anxiousness and given me something to work on while I sort out everything else lol The house has an attached three car garage. Connected to the garage is an existing work space used by the current owner. The plan is to segregate one of the garage bays from the other two and incorpora...

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Part 2: And So It Begins

10-04-2017 09:00 PM by builtinbkyn | 19 comments »

The first step in getting to the promised land was to clean out the existing shop. Man I can’t believe how some people abuse their stuff and their working space. There was years of accumulated junk behind those nice white cabinet doors pictured below. It seems that whom ever it was that used that shop space left everything where it was when they finished. There were dozens of empty containers of weed killer, dried out paint brushes, the packaging for stuff just left where it was rem...

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Part 3: Time for an Update

11-08-2017 10:08 PM by builtinbkyn | 18 comments »

I’ve been so busy here I almost forgot I started this blog on the new shop. I’m really happy about my decision to use the “game room” as my new shop rather than the garage area I initially thought would be the place for it. There are so many more advantages to this than I thought there would be when I made the change. To begin with, there’s a bathroom off to the left of the space, whereas if the shop was in the garage area, I would have to head across the tw...

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Part 4: Almost moving day!

11-25-2017 05:11 PM by builtinbkyn | 12 comments »

Been here for a few days breaking down everything and packing up. Sad, but it’s also nice to be looking forward to having the shop in my house. Man, from an empty space, it was sure filled with a lot of stuff in short order. :O I just need a few more hours here to finish breaking down the Unisaw and the mitersaw station. The rest is up to the movers. Hope they have some back support :) Willie is taking it easy today. Resting up for the big move lol

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Part 5: Finalizing the Shop Layout

11-28-2017 09:25 PM by builtinbkyn | 5 comments »

After considering removing the existing kitchenette, I think this layout works and allows me to keep it, at least for the time being. Now I just have to work out the details for the ducting. As it stands, I think I can get by with 4 ports. The band saw and planer/jointer can share one. The table saw and router table can share one as can the drill press and lathe. Those combinations were chosen because there is little chance I’ll be using those parings during fabrication. I will mo...

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Part 6: Shop Setup Underway

12-15-2017 04:32 PM by builtinbkyn | 19 comments »

The last few weeks have been hectic and frankly, not a lot of fun. Packing and everything else associated with moving is pretty uninteresting and tiring. Not having a place to escape to such as my shop, doesn’t help. However over the last few days I’ve been slowly getting things re-assembled in the new shop. I spend a few hours in the house unpacking domestic stuff such as kitchenware and other household items and a few hours in the shop readying it for action. That has helpe...

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Part 7: Getting Electrified

01-02-2018 05:42 PM by builtinbkyn | 9 comments »

OK now that all of the holiday stuff is out of the way, I have the time to get power distribution for my machines installed. This morning I removed an outdated telephone system that I’m still scratching my head about. I’ll post a pic of it later, but it looks like it would be suitable for handling a decent size hotel or office building. Every system in this house is commercial grade, from the 400amp service via a Siemans distribution panel to the existing Sylvania sub panels. ...

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Part 8: New Outfeed Table for the Unisaw - Well Sort Of

01-13-2018 04:34 AM by builtinbkyn | 14 comments »

I was going to build a new table from scratch, but then figured I could just put a new skin on the existing one and have it match the Delta extension. So yesterday and today I went about doing just that to the outfeed table I made two plus years ago. It was getting tired looking and since this is a spiffy new shop, I figured the Unisaw should look spiffy too. Yesterday I picked up everything, well almost everything I thought I would need. Unfortunately things don’t always work out...

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Part 9: Needed A Fix

03-08-2018 02:05 PM by builtinbkyn | 12 comments »

Yesterday I decided to forego doing some other things around the house that still need attention – oh and continuing to unpack boxes :( – and chose to get a small shop fix. It’s been a while and I really needed to be in the shop making something, anything, to get away from the drudgery of the after-move. So I decided to take on a small project that cured an ill that’s been bugging me since my old shop back in Brooklyn – having a dedicated storage solution for...

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Part 10: Fun Addressing Another Little Annoyance

03-10-2018 12:45 AM by builtinbkyn | 23 comments »

Most of the brad nailers, staplers and pin nailers I have didn’t come with their own case – the majority of the Porter Cable – and they’ve been floating around the shop with no real home. So today I started a little project to get another woodworking fix lol Cut some dovetails to make a frame and mounted the guns to give them a handy home. I may or may not make a door to enclose and protect them from dust/chip accumulation coming off of the lathe, but this is cert...

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Part 11: WARNING: The STUNT in this blog .....

03-12-2018 08:45 PM by builtinbkyn | 18 comments »

was performed by a professional. So for your safety and the protection of those around you, do not attempt the stunt you’re about to see! The disclaimer from Jacka$$ The Movie lol I should have read that first and understood it before attempting to do this on my own today lol So I’ve recently started to do some small projects in the shop and dragging the old HF collector with my homemade separator around from machine to machine. It’s ok and the collection is reason...

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Part 12: Making Choices

03-15-2018 12:38 AM by builtinbkyn | 11 comments »

Today I had some carpet being installed, so there wasn’t much time for the shop. However I did want to get into something that I needed to address in anticipation of a project I have planned. Months ago I picked up two kiln dried, 10’ long book-matched slabs of honey locust with the intention of making a live edge dining table. Until they arrived in my driveway, I had never touched the wood much less worked with it. I did know it’s one heavy, rock hard wood. Well late...

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Part 13: Duck!!!! Duct!!

03-17-2018 02:18 AM by builtinbkyn | 25 comments »

Moving forward with the dust collection, today I started the installation of the collector ducts. Oh what fun :( OK well parts were fun, like blasting thru the concrete block into the DC room. But two things weren’t fun – working overhead and working with 24ga. ducts. Not sure why I let them talk me into 24ga., but that’s what I got and that’s what I have to install. I know they’re a little quieter and since the ceiling is low, they’re sure to be imp...

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Part 14: Stepping Back and Taking Stock

03-20-2018 01:36 PM by builtinbkyn | 30 comments »

Sometimes I need to step back from something to re-evaluate and readjust my approach when I feel things aren’t moving in the right direction or going as they should. Yesterday, I decided to rethink how I wanted to mount the ducts as the provided strapping really wasn’t working for me. The conditions above the ceiling aren’t favorable to begin with and the strapping, though it can be used to suspend the pipe, is better for strapping the pipe directly to a surface. Using it...

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Part 15: Things Falling into Place

03-24-2018 04:35 PM by builtinbkyn | 8 comments »

With the DC system mostly complete, I decided to address two issues that have been on my list. First I finished trimming out the small partition I put up to created a vestibule/airlock of sorts to prevent shop dust from heading up to the main living space. The wall/door have been up for a few months now, but it wasn’t trimmed out. So nothing fancy here. Just some common pine I picked up for this and to cut up for shoe molding around the perimeter of the shop, which still needs to ...

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Part 16: This Is What Was Supposed To Be About

03-27-2018 05:12 AM by builtinbkyn | 16 comments »

Today I was able to experience my shop as it was intended. I got up early, grabbed a hot cup of coffee and headed down to the shop having no real agenda as most of the big stuff is done. Sure I still have some boxes of tools to go thru and some duct work to finish, but right now, all the hard stuff is done and the shop is open for business :) I actually sat there for a bit and admired what’s been accomplished so far and then watched a few woodworking videos while sitting at the bench...

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Part 17: An Improvement and a Necessity

03-30-2018 12:21 AM by builtinbkyn | 7 comments »

Today I added compressed air to the shop. I purchased the two outlet RapidAir Master Kit and installed it. It was as straightforward as it gets. One outlet is located near the compressor which is next to the DC in the other room. I’ll use that one to air clean the filter on the DC. The second supplies the ReelWorks hose reel which will service the shop. Right now and for the foreseeable future, I’ll be using the 5.5gal California Air Tools compressor I already own. One day ...

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