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Workshop Development #11: LOTS of shop cleanup, and improving dust collection at the miter saw...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 1326 days ago 1153 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: The new saw decision has been made. The winner is... Part 11 of Workshop Development series Part 12: Not much shop time, but more cleaning is done! »

This weekend LOML did something bit different, she more or less gave me all the time I needed to actually get things done in the shop. What is doubly frightening is that after cleaning, organizing, sweeping, and tossing out a full 64 gallon trash container, and 2 contractor bags full of shavings, debris, and unrelated trash, I still have a LONG way to go before my shop is actually anything close to clean… I simply let it get too dirty to be a good thing… But with projects on hold, and shop cleanup / setup being put as a priority, I can at least take what time I do have and concentrate on the shop like I have never done before…

Along with all that cleanup came some rust removal on the band saw table, topped off with a good waxing, and a minor dust collection improvement on the sliding miter saw… Now mind you, normally I just take the thing outside and let the chips fly, but that is not all that workable this time of year. I went to Home Depot for some other items (that I was unable to locate) but I ended up finding the perfect small shop vac hose to large shop vac hose adapter, that fits SNUGLY on to my sliders dust port. And it is close enough in the shop to the shop vac / Thien separator that I just plug the hose in and go… So far so good, combine that with a respirator, and I should be good to go for winter woodworking.. But when the weather turns better, I am back to letting the chips and dust fly!

I also picked up a few stamped steel shelf brackets, and I will be, as soon as it dries up some, picking up some 3/4” MDF that I can cut in to some shelves to mount above the rollup doors for infrequently used items, so that I can free up storage space at eye level…

I know it won’t last long, the having time dedicated to shop cleanup, but LOML does seem to understand the value of a clean and organized space, particularly since I am unburying a lot of HER gardening goodies… So maybe, just maybe I can complete this project, before having another one dropped in my lap!

Here are the pics. And YES the drill press IS leaning. I need to move it somewhere the floor doesn’t slope quite so badly…

And the far less than glorious, what is left to be done…

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



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Eric_S

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#1 posted 1326 days ago

I spent all weekend cleaning too. It was such a mess you couldn’t even walk around to clean it because it was all trash and scrap old plywood that I would no longer use that had to be thrown away immediately in order to clean. So I took it all to the public landfill which helped a lot with moving forward with the cleaning. Its almost all clean now :)

Good luck with the cleaning. Post some pics if you can :)

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 1326 days ago

I am also into a bunch of reorg, but some of it relates to new tools, disc sander and spindle/belt sander, getting rid of boxes, so I can put the new boxes there until I know the items work. That darn disc sander will take Sherie and I to lift it up to the bench. Heavy, heavy.

Strange, I also was into waxing, in my case the table saw top. Hadn’t done it for a year. That super sled is a winner, very flexible and useful, just thought I would keep things smooth. Waxed the bottom of the sled as well. Using it to make some angled pieces for the scrollsaw stand turned into a drillpress stand. It will gain shelves and tip wheels for mobility. It is a semipermanent thing, I think.

I have pretty much settled on a design for my mobile tables and mobile tool stands. Bought some electrical stuff for those. Also got a Bosch impact driver and drill/screwdriver combo. Already putting them to work. My old power screw driver looked good, but never had much power, and the batteries constantly ran out. Dewalt thing, not too old. It will probably be used again sometime, but I am not sure when.

Well just took a short breather…......on call, but it has been relatively light, so got a bunch of shop reorg time anyway.

Later….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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RonPeters

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#3 posted 1326 days ago

It feels good to get stuff done.

If I ever get going on dust collection, I’d like to assemble the PVC like you have. I thought about galvanized stove pipe, but I think the PVC might be the better choice. Although, static may be a problem with PVC?

I have the same trashcan set up with a shopvac. How does it work on going from the smaller diameter to the larger diameter pipe? Any suggestions? PM me please.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 1326 days ago

Ron, I think dbhost and I will tell you the same thing. Forget about the static. You cannot generate enough sawdust and air flow in a home shop to create a combustion situation. He and I independently traveled the same route investigating it, and that is the conclusion. Neither of us grounds tubing.

David, great pictures. Your shop looks like mine did in the mid ‘80’s when I first bought this house. But I got it organized before 1990 and have maintained a semblance of order since. I stil have spot which is off the garage almost like a pantry that needs a lot of weeding out. At Sherie’s suggestion, that is going to be my new wood storage area when I elmininate the shelves on one side and make some dedicated wood storage.

Right now I am cheating. Have so many new tools that came in the shop that I am keeping the Rigid spindle sander in the back of the van overnight….......(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#5 posted 1326 days ago

Well, considering this month makes the 3rd anniversary of the “Official” start of “Go ahead and build yourself a shop”... I think I am doing pretty well… Especially considering finances… I have been blessed with an awful lot of good deals, and a few great gifts that have helped build my shop…

That spindle sander needs to go to bed in its own home Jim!

The REALLY tough part is about to begin. There are LARGE amounts of just plain old stuff in there, like the folding metal chairs. I have no clue what to do with them… I haven’t used them in years, and really have no reason to keep them. I might just have to start chucking stuff in the bed of the truck to take to to the donation center soon!

I answered Ron via PM, but I wanted to post this up for folks to not get confused. I have BOTH a shop vac, and a DC, both of which are run through Thien separators of their own… So I am not necking UP my vac to run 4” duct… Come to think of it, I need to wash the filter on my shop vac… It’s been at least a year, and suction is suffering right now…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 1325 days ago

Hopefully will get the spindle sander and the disc sander installed today in their temporary location. But the wheels have to go on the drill press stand (the unused scrollsaw stand that came with it, with multiple additions such as shelves) to get it out of the way. Sherie will have to help me lift the disc sander, it is heavy.

Got a bunch of shop stuff to do today, taking the day off since I was on call this weekend. Very quiet call weekend, so I got a bunch of shop stuff done. Got to go make rounds at two hospitals now before the traffic gets bad…......

16deg at 0650hrs….......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#7 posted 1325 days ago

That temp report makes my toes hurt…

FWIW, I have yet to figure out what exactly I am going to do with the miter saw location wise. Where it is now is VERY temporary… The workbench along the wall, and the peg board is going away. The bare spot of wall behind the drill press and band saw is getting filled with peg board. Perhaps all the way to the water softener. I might just end up re-hanging things…

Once I get the “stuff” clean, I am planning on running some old, well dried 2×4 stock through the table saw, and coming up with some 1.25” square stock for a HF mobile base for the drill press. I am not sure, but I think it is going to go back between the garage doors again…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 1325 days ago

My biggest problem is keeping the shop running while I revamp the shop. The built in work bench that holds the small band saw, the grinder, and (until this week the drillpress and the small disc/belt sander) and now the two new sanders will be torn down, probably in the next couple of months. But I have to make mobile mounts for things. The small bandsaw and the grinder might occupy the the same mount, for instance, because they would not interfere with each other. But I just don’t know. The freezer will get moved in the next couple months, and the drill press may temporarily end up in its spot.

I am designing mobile mounts to be all on the same basic format, with common dimensions where possible so that I don’t have to make a new design for each tool. Same with the wall cabinets. I am going to install standardized french cleat at high and low levels around much of my space. That will allow easy installation and reconfiguration as the shop changes. At least I have a general plan now, although certain specifics are lacking, such as what goes where. The tool bench may be moved or assigned another purpose, but I think I may move it to another position. It is tempting to put the RAS and the bench next to each other at the same height, but I doubt I will do that. Oh well, still to undecided to even mak revisions to my SU plan.

Hopefully, will get some stuff done today….....

I wear the same clothes to work in summer and winter. Same shoes, no overshoes, same coat, no hat. In Fairbanks, when there is a lot of minus 25 degree weather, you change your clothes dramatically with the season change. When it gets to 32 deg in Fairbanks, you start to see people in short sleeve shirts on the street…......honest…...the concept of cold is totally different there.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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