First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw #16: Added to my shop area before moving on

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Blog entry by psient posted 02-02-2013 04:02 PM 1560 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Planer Jointer Installation Part 16 of First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw series Part 17: Slab Grading: First rough-in »

My shop has become a cluttered disaster. I cannot walk from the back to the front without moving something or tripping. My table saw, joiner, cut-off/miter saw, mill, and lathe are all surrounded by stuff to the point where I cannot use them. Enough is enough. I must for my own personal health and sanity pick up where I left off. To whit:

Having been challenged by my health, I haven’t been continuing with my blog. I have been stumbling in and out of my shop but not had the energy to continue with its topical project. The abrupt abandonment of this blog has now ended.

I did complete the wiring of the planer joiner but as mentioned it has sat unused.

Some six months ago I had a pretty bad stumble stepping over some unstored wire. The writing was on the wall; I had to take some kind of action and remedy. After my recovery I decided to open-up the shop area. I needed a place to store material, tooling, and machinery waiting to be restored.

As I write there is a soon to be completed concrete slab area is just to the left of my garage. I am not going to add a building but rather a covered outside area. Here I can store my materials and have cabinets for the various and sundry stuff cluttering my garage/shop (including the devil spools of wiring).

A few notes on this slab area:

I used my tractor to establish the grade for the pad, as well as dig the footings. The FEL bucket is 72” in. making the footings I excavated very wide (about 24” X 18” (width X depth). This will increase the amount and subsequent cost of the concrete. However this added dimensionality increases the mass of the slab and it’s 7” thickness. I am using #4 rebar throughout on an 18” X 18” grid. The slab grade is about 6” above the adjoining driveway. This change in elevation makes moving shop equipment back and forth problematic. I have decided to put an apron at the far end of the slab so I can roll machinery on and off.

Should I ever decide to put a CNC vertical mill (a VMC) in my shop I’ll have confidence that this slab will easily handle the 2 – 4 ton weight.

Note I took some pix of the area as it stands. I began placing the rebar this morning.

I hope to be posting here 2-4 times a week now. I suppose if I do it will be a victory of some kind. Thanks to all who were giving me support and sorry for the abrupt disappearance.


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#1 posted 02-02-2013 05:12 PM

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 10:19 PM

A work in progress

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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