Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional #5: The whole shop on wheels, assembly table, and remodeling messiness.

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-08-2014 11:22 PM 1554 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: New assembly bench underway Part 5 of Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional series Part 6: Cleaning (secret weapon) »

The place is a pulled apart mess but this is a progress blog on a 5 year rebuild of my shop so I guess I’ll post. The past couple of days I managed to get everything (except the drill press) on wheels. In a previous blog I showed the 28 locking wheels i purchased from HF. Well, they’re all mounted. The goal of this is to be able to keep things against the wall and pull each unit out to use it. I’m not one to make pristine furniture for power tools. Sturdy and functional is my goal. And it’s expensive enough to purchase the materials to make the stuff. Many of the older cabinets I made for these tools will be just fine after I clean them up a bit.
The wall where I tore out the bench has the ‘dusty’ but not used as much tools. These will be attached to a large craftsman shop vac using 4” pvc and gates. The shop vac handles the finer dust better than my delta unit and I don’t use these tools as much. These include two belt sanders, bandsaw an scroll saw.

On the other side of the shop are the ‘chip’ making tools. I use these a lot. The router table, jointer, and planer. These will be connected to my 1 hp Delta dust collector. It’s always worked well for these tools. I’m planning on eventually wall mounting the dust collector with a thein baffle and something to catch the fine dust.

Here’s a view of the assembly table I finished the other day. I’m getting rid of my workbench and using this table. It’s got two slide out trays behind cabinet doors, a cubby for the small compressor and it’s wired for power. The top is lined with tempered hardboard that is removable. I’ll post something about the unit as soon as I get the place put together more. Right now it’s a catchall for all the stuff I’ve had to move around.

The pile of dust collections stuff I took off the walls. This time I’m using PVC with flexible hose only coming away from the walls to pull out machines to use.

I’ve got to get this complete in the next few weeks. I’ve got a murphy bed (hardware ordered) and a hope chest for daughters wedding shower to make by mid/late spring. Then I’ve got to get back to the house remodeling. I left a stairway unfinished and baseboards not done along with some furniture and a dozen odds and ends. By rebuilding the shop first it these things should go more smoothly.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 02:46 PM

coming along should help you out greatly in the shop.i’m in the process of doing the same,making everything mobile and piping my dust collection.thanks for keeping us posted.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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