The New Shop

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Blog series by chrisstef updated 08-09-2015 06:35 PM 5 parts 18656 reads 149 comments total

Part 1: A New Shop and a New Mantra

10-28-2014 08:26 PM by chrisstef | 25 comments »

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?” The above is a quote from Coach John Wooden of UCLA. As my family and I have moved into a new house I’ll be moving into a new shop. Considering that I have a completely blank slate to work with that quote will hopefully be my new mantra as I venture into creating a new workspace for my woodworking and general hacketry. Here’s how things looked when we moved into the new house...

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Part 2: Ready for Power

12-31-2014 02:57 PM by chrisstef | 12 comments »

Last time we left off I had just finished up painting the walls, installing new lights and preparing for the electrical installation. Over the last two months, utilizing Grizzly’s shop lay out tool, ive done my best at placing all the equipment with ample room for infeed and outfeed. I ran all new 3/4” PVC conduit and hung a new 100 amp, 20 slot, subpanel. There will be a total of 24 new receptacles on 8 circuits. 21 receptacles will be 110v, one will be dedicated ci...

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Part 3: All juiced up

01-07-2015 01:00 AM by chrisstef | 25 comments »

This weekend was a big weekend. I was lucky enough to have a very good friend whos grandfather is a retired master electrician and part time teacher of electrical at a local technical school who was willing to help me out. Saturday morning we put on a pot of coffee and got to work wiring up the new shop. We hooked up the new subpanel and ran 7 new circuits for the shop. 350’ of romex, 300’ of thhn,17 outlets and 5 hours later we have this: Outlets From L to R: 110/110, 110/2...

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Part 4: Shaping Up

03-25-2015 07:52 PM by chrisstef | 30 comments »

Since the electrical has been installed ive been slowly tuning up the machines, changing knives and blades along with those random house projects that pop up from time to time. While i have been getting some things done its been a battle to find the tools i need. Enough was enough and i needed to get my tools out of cardboard boxes. I painted and reused a piece of peg board that came with the house. Hung my saw and plane tills and hung a couple of shelves for my block and specialty planes...

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Part 5: Introducing Sir Magnus Von Beefcake - A Workbench

08-09-2015 06:35 PM by chrisstef | 57 comments »

My newest addition to the shop. Sir Magnus Von Beefcake. A bit about the materials:The top, legs, and stretchers are all reclaimed, old(er) growth doug fir timbers that were once the roof columns for a building on the Newington CT, VA campus. They started off as 6”x6” and currently sit at 5×5. The vise chop, vice jaws and deadman came from a single piece of cherry that i bought off a customer who happened to run a sawmill. The handle for the QR vice was turned by LJ bh...

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