A journey into the workshop. #35: Found the floor. Need to rest, and try again tomorrow....

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-31-2009 05:26 AM 1337 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I found the floor, at least the parts not covered with fencing material (still).

Tomorrow is another wet and dreary day, so back in the shop I go with the heat on, and get back to cleaning, discarding junk, and organizing…

I grabbed my measurements for the space the lathe cabinet / ballast cabinet needs to be in, and am taking that into Sketchup during slow time over the next few days. The cabinet is going to end up made out of 3/4” and 1/2” Birch ply, because that is what I have in my stash big enough to make the pieces. I would almost rather go buy some 3/4” and 1/2” MDF just to get the additional mass for ballast, and I intend on painting the cabinet hunter green (to more or less go with the HF lathe looks).

I had been able to get by with just moving my lathe tools off of the lower shelf and onto the table saw up until Christmas. All I had was the Benjamin’s Best 8 pc HSS set, which is nice, and easy to move after you glue the wooden case which they couldn’t be troubled to do at the factory. (That is another story all together…) and my Wood River Chuck. Well Christmas morning saw the full set of Benjamin’s Best roughing gouges, and Versa Chisels under the tree for me. While not my entire turning wish list, it certainly did put a good size dent in it… But that also means a LOT more turning tools to move around every time I want to use the lathe… And I have been looking for an excuse to add ballast to this thing.

I believe I mentioned here before I needed to take out the hot glue, and replace it with adhesive silicone sealant. I have done so, using clear sealant. What bothers me is that the sealant came out of the tube white, but the label CLEARLY states clear. We’ll see. The problem is that the plastic lid flexes, and the hot glue, well… doesn’t. Once it fully vulcanizes, I will put the whole Thien Cyclone back together, and put it in place.

There’s so much work to do here, but every step gets me that much closer to having my shop set up, equipped, and organized according to my ideal shop (okay ideal given the limits of finances, and land…).

I really do hope that my posts and discussions on this are at least somewhat helpful or inspiring to other woodworkers. I am just a regular guy, with a small house in suburbia, pretty average income the whole nine yards. I have gotten my shop to where it is by a LOT of creativity, aggressive bargain hunting, and being blessed with helpful gift givers… I put off even starting collecting any woodworking tools for too long, and want to inspire the younger guys to go for it!

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 05:33 AM

Nice blog, number 35 huh. Looks like i have a lot of catching up to do.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 07:27 AM


Many “clear” sealants and caulks come out of the tube white and only become clear once they have cured. If you have already discovered this, then ignore this post.

I too have accumulated some nice shop tools be going the “gift” and “secondhand” route.

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 02:01 AM

Are we ever done setting up our shops? I always seem to be changing something or trying to organize it better!!!
I wish I could be as organized and neat as some of the posted shop pictures here! I am in envy.

-- Dennis in Iowa "You can have 30 years experiance or 1 year 30 times!!!!"

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 02:21 AM

I don’t think it is actually possible to be done until your pall bearers show up… However the state my shop got into leading up to Christmas was simply intolerable…

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 08:56 PM

Well, I don’t think I use the shop enough lately to get it very dirty. Much of it due to work, visitors, holidays, etc. Hopefully after my Hawaii trip I will be recharged. I am going to try to do some stuff on sled this weekend, while I am on call, but so far, work has been interfering with play. So batting zero so far this weekend. Course I worked half of yesterday at the office, and spent time at the hospitals, etc. Today no office time, but I am a little tired. We’ll see…..........

You got a lot of production in that shop leading up to Christmas, so if it got a little dirty, I think that would be a natural thing…........

Happy New Year


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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