Henri Monnier's Workshop

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Workshop by Henri Monnier posted 04-16-2013 02:42 PM 1331 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

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My ‘shop’ like a bunch of other folks, started as a garage…. Well now if there is a serious storm, I can ‘make room’ for possibly 1 car…... SWMBO is OK with that…. lucky…

The shop is 30×32, and along the back wall (32’ side) the chop saw and bench take up about 2/3 of that wall. The remaining space is sorage for ‘wheeled’ shop tools, like the planer & router table. In the center of the floor, the bench saw and dust collector(sorta hiding under the stairs going up to the storage area). Along the front, the Kubota is there (it gets garage space…), followed by the CNC machine and alongside the stairs the jointer (both are also on wheels). The area in front of the jointer is the ‘finishing’ area, where I generally do the finish touches on projects.
Update to follow….............


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In keeping with my ‘updates to follow’, shots of the shop and ‘toys’ are below….

The CNC is the tool I spend the most time with. Either I’m working on the PC to refine/generate a new project or I’m in the process of ‘cutting’ a project. Clearly this tool is most responsible for my overflowing ‘kindling’ box.

This was the basic ‘Joes 4×4’ however many mods were made to ‘tune’ the machine for stability and accuracy. One of the things that make setups easier is the ‘table square’ with it’s holddowns.

The triangular knobs and holddowns have long been replaced by others shown in my projects here.

Visible on the lower shelf in the first picture is the first rendition of PC and controller, along with the screen mounted on the table corner. This has all been updated and installed in a ‘movable’ console which has more room and greater flexibility.

Below is a view of the back of the console. All of the cables going to the machine are now on plugs, rather the being hardwired in. The connector plate was machined on the CNC.

With the update of the controller, it was ‘repackaged’ and rebuilt using an ESS SmoothStepper to ‘free’ me from the printer port. This new controller has helped to eliminate the ‘dropouts’ into not-ready that were happening.
Below is a picture of the controllers insides.

The fan in the lower left brings air into the controller (it has a dust filter underneath) to try to keep the dust from filling the cabinet. Under the ESS SmoothStepper is a picture of the breakout board that I’d like to install when I save up enough pennies.

More coming anfer I clean up the shop a bit….

-- |~ Henrii~|- - We'll be friends till we're old and senile... Then we'll be new friends!!

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 07:39 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Henri. This is the right place to share your projects and ideas and get more from great woodworkers too. Can’t wait to see your shop! I’m sure there are good ideas to pick from!



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