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SHOP ALONG #17: moving up thru blessings

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Blog entry by patron posted 09-28-2014 08:20 PM 1996 reads 0 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: memorial and gifts Part 17 of SHOP ALONG series Part 18: the beat goes on »

last time we left off here
with a new electric panel

got some 220 hooked up to some of the floor boxes
and vacuum there too
it is all still ‘in the works’

however the table saw and jointer are working off the new system
not extension cords and vac hoses

i was fortunate to get a couple outside jobs
and got 4 cords of firewood so i can mellow for coming winter
so went and got a chimney box and pipes
and hooked up the shop stove

while working off a ladder there
it became apparent that it was a dangerous task
tools parts and only two hands
a friend helped me in this by getting me a scaffold to work from

so before the moss grows on everything
i put it to use running wires and lights in the ceiling
i had been looking at florescent fixtures
after having problems with old ones
but frankly i just couldn’t justify the cost
and ballasts going out like in the past
so i went to lowes and for some chump change
got 25 nail on plastic light boxes ($.94 apiece)
and some closet single bulb sockets ($1.23 each)
and just now finished running 3 rows of lights up in the ceiling
each row with 9 lights and separate switches
i got old bulbs in them for now
but plan on getting led 100w equivalent bulbs
as i get my allowance thru the winter
they last for 25,000 hours and stay relatively cool
which will keep the electric consumption down to a mild roar
and less worry about fires from the heat buildup

also got more flooring in (moving tools around for all these things of course
and am discovering i may just have room for everything now
here is some picks from the corners looking in

in other news
got started on some skirting footers under the shop to keep the snow and critters out from there
the memorial tree ‘parasol’ shield got wind blown down from hurricane odiel backlash
fortunately it took it from behind and left the tree alone
which is growing new leaves and looking good

went and started hauling things out of my brothers place
so i can finish taping and painting it
got it up for sale and have had some look at it already

all in all things are doing well
i am going to be warm this winter
and won’t freeze
course i may starve
blowing every cent i get on the shop

i have said i did this build alone
and that is true for 98% of the time
but i am very grateful to those that have come to visit and help as they can
and to all you that have supported me in this venture
thru your encouragement and kind words and deeds

no man is an island

i have been in the void before
and have no need to prove anything

thank you all

and bless you and your loved ones

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



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stefang

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 08:33 PM

Congratulations David. It looks like a dream come true. I can see some wonderful projects coming out of there in the near future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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changeoffocus

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 08:37 PM

David,
Always a pleasure to see your progress reports especially ones that tell of this much forward motion.
Keep up the good work Superman.
Bob

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patron

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 08:38 PM

hi mike

thanks for that
i have been making some new boxes too
going slow with that
mostly to check the tools and their set-ups
finding what needs to be fixed or changed

long way to go yet
need more of everything
will use the shop on warmer days
since i have no insulation in it yet
and the fire will only be for an hour or so
when i do

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patron

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 08:42 PM

thank you too bob

hows your shop coming along
or are you still drinking all the dregs
in the bottom of the falstaf vats

looking forwards to another shop blog

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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degoose

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 08:42 PM

well well well…. it is finally looking like the shop you have envisaged for so long… it is looking great…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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patron

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 08:46 PM

well well well
the master shows up

you took the ball
and are teaching us all
how to run for all we are worth

good on you mate
and thanks

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Lenny

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 08:53 PM

It has been some journey David and, shop-wise, it’s great to see where you are today. I can’t help but comment on the sun blazing through the window in the pictures of the ceiling lights. It’s as if the sun is saying, “You want light? I’ll show you light!”

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Gary

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#8 posted 09-28-2014 09:04 PM

Mike said it right, your dream come true. So many times in the past, I have wondered how you could possible do this task all alone. Well, there it stands. A monument to your tenacity. Good job, David. I’m really glad you finally have your shop.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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patron

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#9 posted 09-28-2014 09:05 PM

hi lenny
you know how it goes with that

still need more real windows
to get rid of the plastic on the rough openings
and get more daytime light

the lights were put up at night
but the picture taken during the day

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 09-28-2014 09:06 PM

this is just so incredible, and you are an example of a man determined to get something done that wa important to him, you and some friends who came to help along the wy have gotten this dream to come true, you have done it david, like ive said along the way im so proud of you and what you have done, Lord know i wish i could have come and helped…now comes the best part, im waiting now to see the best part…your creative soul will now show what will be made inside the work palace…let the saw dust fly…amazing…fantastic david…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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patron

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#11 posted 09-28-2014 09:19 PM

you and me both gary
i wonder sometimes why i even started
but watching reality shows
just isn’t my style
i’d rather do it
.
thanks grizz
it is the journey that excites the most
whether the destination
is ever reached or not

and what we learn along the way
is priceless

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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SASmith

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#12 posted 09-28-2014 11:10 PM

I am happy to see more progress on your new shop.
It won’t be long now.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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JL7

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#13 posted 09-28-2014 11:11 PM

Hey David, what an accomplishment! Looks like you are close to turning out some new masterpieces…....Can’t wait to see what the first “new shop”project is…...carry on my friend..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 09-28-2014 11:31 PM

Super David will be your New name! (if you aren’t very careful)...

I really LIKE your lighting idea! Makes good sense!!

Do those lights really give you nice Bright light?

What is your spacing between lights (in a row)?

What is your spacing between rows?

How high are the lights from your working surface area?

I have some of the flourescent tubes in use (if you can remember)... They are not as bright as I’d like them to be… and probably should be better tubes, etc. etc. costing more $$$.

If I can do the same that you did and get better light, IT WOULD BE BETTER…
... but, I want good solid bright light.

It’s nice seeing your shop coming together so NICELY!

You wood stove looks great too… Will your floor stay cool and NOT get heat damaged?
... maybe the stove should be sitting on a sheet Wonder Board (concrete like board) ... just to be safer

I like windows… wish I had some… BUT, they take up wall space! You have the wall space to spare… I don’t… Wish I could… How will feel about cutting holes in your NEW walls to install windows in them? (& probably double / triple paned windows)??

Nice to see that you have two important power tools wired and in operation (w/o ext. cords!

Thank you for the Update… LOOKS GREAT!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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shipwright

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#15 posted 09-29-2014 12:52 AM

Congrats David. You have it beat.
Your underfloor dust collection and wiring are very similar to mine. It is so nice to have all that under the floor with no power cords lying around to trip over.
It makes me very happy to see your progress. You have worked so hard and long for this and now you deserve some quality shop time. Working in the shop that is, not on the shop. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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