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Workshop Development #74: Where I am trying to go with this whole thing...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-07-2014 05:59 PM 839 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the walls nearly completed, it is time to reassess where I am with the projects, what is working and what is failing…

Along with simply cleaning the shop up, I need to do the following to simply get it set back up to where it was prior to the power / insulation / new sheetrock once the walls are done of course…

#1. Install the French Cleats for, and reinstall the tool cabinets. #2. Leg brace, and reinstall the dust collector stand, dust collector, Thien separator, and dust collection ducting / blast gates. #3. Move all machines back to their proper locations. Specific machines not where they belong are lathe, band saw, and drill press. #4. Clean up and place all loose supplies back in their respective bins, totes, or whatnot. #5. Stash the stuff that goes in the attic, well… back in the attic. #6. Per agreement with LOML, move the upright freezer from the kitchen to the shop.

Now with that done, the shop cleaned and organized, it is time to get moving with finishing the upgrade / improvement projects. Those are…

#1. Finish the drawers, dust hood, and duct connections for the miter saw bench. #2. Create base cabinet that will straddle the foot of my drill press, and latch to the mobile base. I want this to store my drilling accessories. It can be open front pidgeon holes for all I care… #3. Finalize design for base cabinet / ballast box for my lathe. This is to provide sealed storage for 4@ 80lb concrete bags, and then provide covered drawer storage for my chucks, faceplates, spanners, knockout bar, turning tools etc… Everything lathe related. #4. Finalize the design for, and build the upright clamp storage rack. #5. Finalize the design for, and build the rolling lumber rack. #6. Connect the two hand tool cabinets via a series of cleats / shelves to store misc materials / components. #7. Finish my shop built drum sander project. I started but got sidetracked. I REALLY need to get this one done! The end pieces for the drive have somehow gone missing so I will likely end up re-making them. I have a stormfall tree in the bayou behind me I need to cut up that is white oak. I suspect I know where the material for this is coming from! #8. Build a proper butcher block type bench top, 72” wide x 30” deep. Build the base 48×28, height combined for both to match the height of the BT3100 – 1/16”. The bench is to use 4×4 legs, and 2×4 stretchers, but will be fully enclosed with drawers for hand tools. #9. And this is going to be the big one, build a full on, proper table saw / router workstation around my current BT3100. Lots of drawers, and integrated dust collection.

The last two are the big ones and not likely to happen too soon, and may change. I am giving serious consideration to saving up some bucks to invest in a SawStop 3HP PCS. I have the power run for it, and it wouldn’t be unworkable, but it is a big chunk of change for sure!

I have a huge agenda cut out for me, and honestly, this is going to be a multi year project, but I am getting there… I just wish I was getting there faster…

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



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