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Workshop Development #3: Starting to fill up, taking up too much space with too little stuff...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 1539 days ago 1322 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Why the garage anyway? Part 3 of Workshop Development series Part 4: Permanent floor model equipment moves in, dust collection becomes a higher priority. »

In my last posting I ran through some of the issues and thoughts behind keeping the shop in the garage instead of adding a dedicated outbuilding. Boiled down to soup & nuts, a combination of money, space, and HOA restrictions will keep me out of a dedicated shed type workshop, but I will be adding a shed to get the remaining non workshop stuff out of the shop. (Lawn & garden, and BBQ equipment and supplies like charcoal and smoking wood)

About this time, I was starting to get traction, about a year into building the shop. I had a band saw, my lovely bride had bought me a planer, I had picked up a Ridgid oscillating sander and had started putting projects out. Mobile bases and tool stands seemed the thing to do, and plumbing SOME sort of dust collection.

So I had set up, and it was reasonably effective, certainly better than nothing, a Ridgid 12 gallon wet / dry vac with a HEPA filter. I QUICKLY found out just how fast you can jam up a HEPA filter with sawdust. I did some research, and found the Oneida Dust Deputy, which at the time appeared to only be usable on a 5 gallon bucket (are you kidding? I DO own a planer after all!), or the Thien trash can separator baffle gizmo. So I built a Thien based on a 20 gallon trash can. I followed that up with a Shop Vac Sawdust Collection system which has worked exceptionally well except for when it got air leaks, and jammed… I ran a drop to the table saw, several across my workbench, one for the band saw, one for where the router table was on a shop built cart, one for the sander, and one for the planer. It all worked well, but it was spread out, and more tools were coming…
Tool Wall.
Ridgid Vac and Thien Cyclone in a cyclone stacker.

But I was up, and productive, cutting boards, wooden toys, small crosses for an Easter Sunday School lesson sort of hand out for the kids at our church, among other projects started coming out of my shop.

Then the Hurricane happened, both Ike, and the flurry of add ons, and rearrangement…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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woodpeckerbill

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#1 posted 1539 days ago

Really enjoying this blog series.
Bill

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1539 days ago

looks like a nice setup. definitely will give you better dust control and easier to manage.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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dbhost

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#3 posted 1539 days ago

The evolution continues…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 1539 days ago

Still need to build the Thien. For me, that should be an easy project. Gonna decide what size container my Delta DC will hold on its stand, and then buy a bucket to fit and make it accordingly. It should hold a quite large bucket.

Until last summer, my shop had changed very slowly over about 20 years. Now it is changing at a more rapid clip. Got some shop projects to finish when I get home, nothing pressing.

In southwest Michigan, crappy weather, but enjoying ourselves. Sitting in a small condo, part of a B&B, so we have a kitchen and laundry facilities. Been buying books for my Kindle as I go through them. Amazon really has that ebook selling business down to a science. Just like always, I wait for the price to drop, and read last year’s hot items. It also allows me to read a number of reviews. Actually, I am also reading some older books that are real cheap.

Later….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#5 posted 1538 days ago

I actually need to drop my baffle down 1”, which is easy enough. I built mine with threaded rod and have plenty of adjustment left…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 1538 days ago

I’ll quiz you when I build mine, I like the idea of having things adjustable…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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