|Workshop by hjt||posted 03-30-2010 11:05 PM||2303 reads||0 times favorited||11 comments|
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New Work Shop: Phase One
As my profile states, I grew up with saw dust in the air. However, other than as a young child, I was not interested in the craft. As I got older and on my own, I learned I wasn’t any good at it – found it very frustrating. Over the past many years Dad would ask if I wanted his tools, but I said “no.” Prior to his death in Nov 2008, I worked along side my brother on a project at the folk’s house, I found it enjoyable. My wife then began to encourage me through a plethora of home projects and we purchased a set of Ridgid Cordless tools. Poof… the interest started!!!
After Dad’s death, I drove from Florida to NY to help my sister and mom clean out both of his work shops. I then loaded up a 7×12 trailer and brought back a Table, Radial Arm, and Band Saw, plus a Drill Press and other odds and ends. This was the summer of 09. Through the use of the Grizzly Planner www.grizzly.com, I designed a shop.
Before getting started, I contracted an electrician to upgrade the power to the house –from 100 amps to 200 amps, plus change from fuses to breakers. Moving into the 21 century!!!
My wife, Pam and I decided to use peg boards for several reason. The obvious is the ease of hanging things, plus in my area, no inspection is needed if the walls are made of such.
Through the course of this project I learn a great deal about electricity. I never had much of a need before and each of my previous electrical projects would result in several blown fuses before getting it wired right. Knowing that I was going to need several lights, receptacles, and switches, I decided to pick up a book from HD call Electricity 123. It proved to be a great source of knowledge. I brought in 3 new circuits including a 240 line for the table saw. Plus I learned how to come off that same line and break out a 120 line as well. All of this without tripping a single breaker!! And as with most projects, surprises are found such as termite damage and of course… subsequent projects spawn. We now have outdoor motion senor lighting and GFI ‘s receptacles outside too.
The first two photos is of what I used for years as a workshop – what the room looked like before the renovation.
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