A journey into the workshop. #22: Not much shop time this week. But a little bit of progress...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-15-2009 04:27 PM 1410 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My big plans for my week got tossed to the curb between dealing with an unexpected cardiac surgery on my BIL, and work running rather late, I just haven’t had much time in the shop. What evening I did have open to myself (tuesday) was hot and humid, (85 degrees 100% humidity, ICK!) so I did not WANT to be out there…

I did get 3 reasonable things done since Sunday though…

#1. Removed all the junk from on top of the table saw, and workbench and put it away. Considering the volume of “stuff” this was a major undertaking. #2. Swapped the position on the tool stacker between the jointer, and the bench grinder. I did not like the jointer being at the top due to weight, and honestly, the bench grinder gets the least use of all of that stuff. #3. Reinstalled the rubber feet onto the jointer. I do want to go to Ace Hardware and get some rubber spacers from their Hillman bins for this though. The threads on my bolts are about a full thread too short to not have to stack washers, and the rubber spacers should help act as isolators and keep vibration and noise down somewhat.

While not much of an accomplishment, I did give the jointer a test run clamped to the workbench as its work surface is oddly high when clamped to the top of the workbench. And while not ideal for a big production shop where the jointer is going to be used all day long, for occasional use this is fine. No odd stretching or anything like that, and the switch is much easier to get to this way…

Not sure if I have mentioned it or not, but the Ridgid Wet / Dry vac and Thien cyclone for the shop vac have been moved under the extension wing of the table saw. I did that as a space saver for the shop. It uses otherwise dead floor space, and buys me back floor space to get to the HF DC and Craftsman mechanics tool box. This is a good thing.

The wood for the “Cyclone stacker” is being reclaimed. The ply is going back on my stack of sheet material cutoffs, the 2×4 sections have already been measured, three or four times, and marked at 29.25”, I will probably get around to cutting them off this weekend. The concept is to build a 30” tall riser stand for the DC, this will pick up the inlet point to eliminate, or at least minimize the bend, and hose from the DC to the Thien Cyclone. The space underneath is slated for a horizontal tank air compressor. I have been eyeballing one from HF on sale, but have not jumped on it as it is an oilless model. Space, capacity, and price all fit, but the noise factor, as well as durability of an oilless are problematic. The specific model I am interested in has an exact match from Northern Tool as well, both the HF and Northern tool versions have a good reputation. IF my local HF has one in stock, (and I either have the coupon in my email tonight, or can get one from a mag) I will pick one up this weekend along with 50’ of Goodyear hose, a pin nailer, and a brad nailer. (I already have an HF framing nailer and more couplers than I can shake several sticks at…). The compressor will be a nice addition. Beyond driving the woodworking nailers and such, I have been wanting one for running my air ratchet, impact wrench, die grinder, and being a 4×4 owner, some really BIG tires on my pickup.

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#1 posted 10-15-2009 04:51 PM

Think longingly about compressed air in the shop, but that is on the long list. Perhaps after I get a bunch of other organizational things done. Right now, I have an old peanut size compressor a Coleman VP201 2 gallon used exclusively for filling tires. I didn’t know the bit about oilless (mine is oilless), but then it is only turned on about 3 or 4 times a year. I never intended it for anything other than filling tires, especially on the motorhome when I had that. I use a Craftsman electric impact wrench for the wheels on the cars, had it over 10 years, very practicle. I’ll watch your air adventures with interest.

I have been thinking about how to mount the jointer, planer, scroll saw etc. I think I want one or two mobile cabinets with closed in storage, and designed to temporarily mount those tools, and perhaps others. I guess I am now thinking about the long term organization and development of the shop. Perhaps more about that this weekend.

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 08:21 PM

I’d love to see pictures of your progress.

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 08:47 PM

Was planning on snapping some photos when the stand for the DC is put in this weekend.

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