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Shop's Log #4: Warming Canopy

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Blog entry by terryR posted 213 days ago 596 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone, more on Global Warming in this blog…

Last installment, I built a crappy warming closet for glues and finishes, and it’s working great, but now I need a warm place large enough for a tool chest to sit while the Titebond3 cures. In my head, I could picture a covered wagon sort of structure which would cover my table saw and outfeed table…add a space heater, and a tarp and we are in business!

I had seen similar builds using pex as the support for the outer tarp, so off to town I go for 1/2” pretty red pex and a heavy duty tarp that’s silver on the inside.

To connect everything to the table top, I came up with the idea of legs…about 16” tall, hole near the base for clamping. hole in the top to accept the pex. Then, I proceeded to turn 6 legs to exactness…lost the photos from a PC crash, but here’s one leg.

Kinda fancy, yeah. I’m trying to upgrade the look of my shop, so figured this was as good a starting point as any! LOL. The legs are turned from Hard Maple and finished with Danish Oil.

And here’s what everything looked like when I added my pretty red pex and the heavy a$$ tarp.

...kinda like crap, huh? I had no idea the 1/2” pex was so flimsy at these lengths. Especially under a heavy tarp. bummer.

But, the system worked…I went ahead and started on the carcase for my tool chest using a lil heater underneath the tarp. However, I had flat out over engineered the build to the point of laughing or crying…depending on your point of view. I spent nearly two days turning those fancy legs…guess they’ll make a nice table!

Back to the drawing board…something simple…lightweight…cheap…

PVC! :)

We have a ton of 1” on the property, but it felt flimsy to me, and I wanted none of that. I figured I may as well overbuild the warming canopy, so off to town for some 1.5” pvc and a few connectors…

Much better! Clamps up-side down to accept the pvc…simple! Holds the weight of the tarp without question! sweet. I even discovered I could remove one leg section, and have better access to the project since my bench is one foot behind the camera in this shot…better work flow!

Sorry for all the wood filler…hiding the countersunk screws and a few gaps before paint.

But, I tend to just leave the tarp on top of this canopy, and clamp it out of the way. Folding the tarp North, south, east or west…doesn’t matter on the rigid frame. Heck, I can still use my table saw once that chest is moved…nice!

On really cold days without sun, my steel shop is a terrible cold sink! Now, I can leave 1/2 the canopy down, and work around the outfeed table with the space heater keeping this small space comfy.

That’s a plus I hadn’t counted on! Of course, we haven’t seen the shop’s power bill since the new addition. :( But, generally, I leave the shop with the heater on a timer so that it shuts off in 6 hours. That ought to be long enough for T3 to cure?

Here’s what the canopy looks like closed and buttoned up…

OK, I’ll admit it’s sorta homely looking! LOL. But, it sure is helping this homey get some stuff built this winter. So far, temps range 55-65 inside the tarp during the heat session…love it.

Comments and suggestions are always welcomed…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...



8 comments so far

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 213 days ago

Beautiful, love it!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 213 days ago

Looks like a clever solution. Happy I don’t live where it gets that cold :-). Of course, when I am dealing with Hurricanes – you are probably happy that you don’t live where there are Hurricanes. Anyway it looks great.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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CFrye

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#3 posted 213 days ago

Way to persevere Terry! Now, what to do with that pretty red PEX and maple legs?

-- God bless, Candy

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Picklehead

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#4 posted 213 days ago

And it could double as a nice warm “doghouse” after your next big tool purchase! ;)

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Don W

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#5 posted 213 days ago

You need to find one of the insulation blankets like concrete guys use to cover new concrete. You could probably get away with just a heat lamp.

I see some kiln possibilities in your future as well.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Slyy

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#6 posted 213 days ago

Great solution Terry, finding a place to get some work done in the cold can be an ballad he at times. Looks like you’ve made yourself quite a bit of room to work with now! I’d second what Don says too, some insulation for the bottom might go a long way to keeping the cold leaching its way back in!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#7 posted 212 days ago

Very nice Terry. Turned out much more adaptable than one would have expected too.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 211 days ago

Oh man…..lol. What a pain just get some glue to dry. Somehow I missed these shop blogs of yours. Good stuff. It’s cool to see your man cave.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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