I spent a few hours of quality time last night in the shop. I put Steven King’s “The Stand” mini series on the streaming player and got after it… So while listening to Stu, Tommy, Larry, Fran, and yes even Harold… well, I got the shop somewhat cleaner at least, test fit a few things and realized there are adjustments that need to be made…
The sanding is done, except for the top seam. At least as done as it is going to get. Yes it waves a bit. I don’t care. It will serve its function and that is all I care about. The upper seam was still too wet to sand last night.
I got about halfway through with transferring the stud locations to the ceiling. 2×4 scrap is actually useful!
I didn’t bother with the valve opening at all yet. Probably won’t for a while. It’s there. I simply jammed an extra cut off piece of insulation in the hole…
I had to clean off the dust collector stand as I am trying to figure out if things still fit. It is there I ran into a problem. In the orientation I had been using, the dust collector stand is about 1” too wide. When the electrician ran the outlet for the DC and air compressor, he put them right next to the tool box, which moves it over, and into the space where the DC stand once lived… I can rotate the stand 90 deg, and still get everything in where it belongs, I will just have one more bend in the flex line from separator to DC I didn’t want. Honestly this should inspire me to build that smaller trash can separator and side flip my impeller / motor…
In the process of cleaning. I managed to make some configuration / storage changes, minor as they are, that should really help keep things organized.
#1. ALL of the grinding disks, flap disks, and cut off wheels for my angle grinder, along with the wrench and handle for it, are now IN the ballistics nylon case for the grinder. #2. I threw out the remaining B&D jig saw blades as they, well they were awful when they were new, and they have gotten very dull. I have transferred the Bosch blades into the B&D plastic blade carrier thing. It seems to be working pretty well so far. That, and the jig saw itself are now in a ballistics nylon tool bag of their own. #3. Similar treatment for my old Skil circular saw, its spanners, and associated blades and the sole mounted cutting guide / fence doo dad… #4. The Diablo 24T, and 80T blades that LOML gave me for Christmas last year have been moved and put into the table saw / router accessories tote. Yeah I have them in a tote for now. I really need to improve this. #5. I have gathered all of my drilling accessories except for the one forstner bit, and one quick change bit set that are in the house by the back door (was using them to install a tension cable on my back gate). Put all drilling accessories, and the drills themselves in their respective cases, or shop made trays. #6. Blew down the drywall dust that was on the air compressor, mortising machine, miter saw, and in the shelves on the miter saw bench. Realized I need a new blow gun. The trigger / valve on mine is leaking like crazy, and it’s too cheap to want to try to fix it… #7. Swept the drywall dust, and small scrap debirs into a pile. I didn’t actually sweep it up. (Trash can was full already). There is probably 6 or 7 gallons of material there… #8. Cleaned and wrapped up my air hoses. I REALLY Need a hose reel in here! #9. Cleaned up, and moved my “Wonder Winder” extension cord reels and 50’ heavy duty extension cords to the powered wall. They will be removed again and the mounts taken down for paint, but I wanted to have the holes for the screws in the wall prior to paint so it would be that much easier to install them once the paint was dry.
I need to stow my handheld power tools in the bottom of the miter saw cabinet where they belong. I have probably half of what is supposed to go there out… I also need to pick up one of those ballistics nylon tool bags for that 4×24 HF belt sander. That thing is a monstrosity with a terrible dust bag. However hook it to a shop vac and dust collection works pretty well.
I am not planning on getting anything shop wise done tonight, I could use a break anyway. Tonight is my B-day, so I am going to something odd for me at this age, and actually order a drink with dinner. Nothing too much, but I want a margarita with my fajitas tonight!
I think after a good night’s sleep tonight, I should be ready to finish sanding and paint that wall tomorrow! Then I can get to moving things back around, and finally get to the between door wall. It is sort of blocked now which is why I haven’t finished it yet….
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