Sqeezing more shop into small space continues #7. Waiting for rip fence parts.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-11-2009 05:48 AM 1338 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I must admit that progress has been slow since I broke the head piece on the rip fence. The new one is ordered, along with a scale indicator. I plan on getting the fence put back together, and adjusted square once the new parts come in. For what it’s worth, the parts order was made through M and D Mower and while this is my first order through them, I have heard good reports on their business ethics. My only issue with them so far is shipping rates. I am getting spoiled to free shipping from Amazon I think…

While I wait for the new fence pieces to come in, I dig out the old BT3000 fence and make sure it is square to the blade, and make a few cuts. An 18” x 72” shelf is now installed over my small parts bins, between the clamp rack, and the garage door track. I have since moved all of my hand held power tools to this spot, with the distinct exception of my routers. This is NOT a permanent arrangement however. Remember I am working on adding an upper shelf to the old mechanics work bench that is in my shop. To finish that project, I need 4 2×4s, 4 Simpson Strong Tie connectors (Might as well finish the upper section the same way the lower was done), and a 2’ wide x 8’ long piece of 3/4” sheathing grade ply. Simply put, I need to get my tail over to the BORG tomorrow and get some stuff. The peg board will be mounted to the new uprights, and I need to insure that the power outlet is properly provided clearance for. I am planning on mounting a single 2 tube 4’ fluorescent fixture with a switch to the underside of the shelf section which should provide better lighting to the workbench then is presently possible.

The handheld power tools then get moved up, The small toolboxes now gobbling up space on the floor and wherever go down under, and cans of finishes and whatnot go on the shelf over the small parts bins. Clear as mud right? Not sure, but MAYBE these skechup views will help you get an idea of what I am shooting for.

A Sketchup view looking in the garage door to the right rear of hte shop.

A Google Sketchup view looking in the door to the left rear corner of the shop.

It seems that everything shop related evolves over time, including plans. I am hoping to actually finish this before the plans change too much more. And yes I know that there shouldn’t be a shelf over the subpanel… I need to fix the Sketchup in a couple of areas. The real world implementation is roomier than the sketchup view for sure! But still tight.

I’m not sure if I mentioned to y’all about my 12×12 extension to the shop. I need to replace one of the hinges, which I happen to have in stock, but I have a, oh I guess it is 5 years old now, EZ-Up 12×12 canopy that I set up in the driveway in front of the door to extend shop space when needed, and weather permitting….

I have many non shop related tasks to handle this week, so you may not see nearly as many entries from me for about a week, but rest assured, I am working on the shop when I can, or working on projects to come out of the shop. You will soon be regaled with stories of the kitty condo that suffered from feature creep for 6 months (so far), and the dovetailed jewelery box that turned out to be something a bit less of a jewelery box, and a bit more of an educational experience about Dovetails. So stay tuned, I might just entertain you….

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#1 posted 08-11-2009 06:51 AM

looks good

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#2 posted 08-11-2009 08:34 AM

Cool sketchup drawing. Shop looks good

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#3 posted 08-11-2009 01:31 PM

Ok I have got to learn Sketchup this is insane.

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