The freezer is coming, the freezer is coming! Of course along with it is going to be the subpanel, circuits, and insulated garage walls I have been wanting for the last few years. This means that for me, I have to get busy.
I have a 9.5’ chunk of wall, a 36” wide freezer, and a presently 8’ long Simpson Strong Tie 2×4 and plywood workbench that holds my mortiser, sliding miter saw, and LOTS of misc garage storage. I MUST make a change to this layout. NOW. I am not particularly fond off this layout, and the bench length won’t quite cut it. Not to mention the 24” table depth required a cobbled together extension for my miter saw to clear the rails. So it’s not only shortening time, but also serious rethink time for the layout….
#1. This bench SHOULD match the width of the workshop library. I sized and installed the Library cabinet with the freezer location and size in mind. #2. This bench SHOULD be a minimum of 30” deep to allow clearance of the SCMS rails. However the space in the shop it sits on is 24” deep and then has a lip that drops 3.25” and proceeds to slope downhill. The front legs will have to be 3” longer or so, AND have some sort of heavy duty leveller. #3. This bench MUST be lower than the bottom of the library cabinet. FWIW, the Library Cabinet bottom is at 58.5” off the elevated part of the floor, again the floor slopes. but the library is levelled, so levellers required on the back legs too. #4. This bench must provide organized storage, and workspace for my Chicago Electric 12” SCMS, Central Machinery Mortising Machine and bits, as well as provide effective, or at least as effective as can be expected dust collection for the SCMS. #5. This bench must provide organized storage replacement for 4 large Rubbermaid Totes worth of stuff. This stuff includes, temporarily until a proper workstation is built, storage for all of my table saw, and router bits, blades, jigs, and accessories, painting, drywall, plumbing and other home repair misc tools and supplies that do not fit in my Craftsman Roll around tool cart.
One of these totes is nearly FULL of 16 or 14 ga outdoor extension cords and is primarily used for outdoor lighting. It can probably be stowed in the attic along with the inflatable reindeer…
Well after spending a bit of quality time with “Trimble” Sketchup last night (not thrilled about that but oh well…) I decided it was time to start the tear out…
Step #1. Disconnect the DC ducting from the existing dust hood.
Step #2. Put the B&D miter saw stand back up by the shop overhead door.
Step #3. Move the SCMS to the B&D miter saw stand, secure it down.
Step #4. Remember why I retired the B&D stand in the first place…
Step #5. Unbolt mortiser from bench, set mortiser and accessories aside for safe keeping.
Step #6. Remove original dust hood and disassemble, placing what stock is recycleable back in the lumber racks.
Step #7. Realize I forgot to turn the A/C or fan on and it’s over 100 deg F. Utter words small children should not hear, go inside for a beer and hang it up for the night…
More to come on this one, but needless to say, these builds are going to take me a while. I am weaseling them in between working on the house in general. This one has GOT to take priority over the drum sander though as I need to make room for that freezer in order to get my sub panel. A little deal LOML and I ironed out… While I am on this build, I am also planning on building the mobile base cabinet for my drill press and drilling accessories. I have been wanting to hold out for the hole saw set I have been wanting, but that is a few more bucks than I want to spend. I have the case size down now so I am good for the cabinet build. I just wanted to insure I had enough space in the drawers to fit the cases I want… I have a good selection of bits and accessories that I need to store, and my current storage shelf is just overrun.
I am more than slightly tempted to put the mortiser back, make all my cuts, and rig this whole thing using M&T joinery just for the practice, but I dread the idea of cutting tenons on over 5 foot long stock!
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