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Forum topic by mot posted 06-20-2007 03:53 PM 766 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mot

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06-20-2007 03:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ramblings of a cluttered mind

I still have no idea what I’m going to do for the summer challenges, BUT….after spending some time in the shop last night a few things came to me.

- I have to move my lathe a little out from the wall, and a little closer to the bandsaw. I was using some hollowing tools last night and I felt more crowded than usual. It’s going to be a matter of a few inches, but it will be important. The swivel headstock feature of the DVR along with it’s VERY solid toolrest is an asset in the area that I’ve chosen to jam it in.

- I need a better sharpening area for turning tools and for chisels. I use my Mk.II alot and my grinder alot and they are both sitting under tabletops while my oscillating spindle sander, which I only use in specific instances, takes up prime real estate in the shop. I am going to have to build a sharpening station and it looks like I’m going to have to consider cleaning up the NE corner of the shop. I’m reluctant, but intrigued at the same time.

- I’m going to do something a little tricky with the underside of my workbench. Currently it houses my mortiser and grinder, but I’m thinking about making a cabinet where their support shelves slide out from the underside of the bench, and then are supported on the floor so the tool can be used from there. Of course the grinder is going to find a new home, but it might be kind of cool. We’ll see. The other thought is to move my mortiser next to my drill press, but I don’t know. That corner of the shop scares me. I don’t like to go there.

What last night told me is, I have to do some more shop reorganization. I’m not happy with the shelves in front of the workbench nor the shelves over the sander. I think I need some built ins. The problem with built ins is that you better be pretty blood sure that’s what you want, before you build them in.

These are just the idle ramblings before I go to the hustle and bustle of my day.

Have a great day, be safe, and get the front end suspension components of your vehicles inspected THIS week!

Spid-ato Man has spoken!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)


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WayneC

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#1 posted 06-20-2007 03:56 PM

Glad to see your inspiration is back.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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USCJeff

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#2 posted 06-20-2007 03:58 PM

Mot: “I’m going to do something a little tricky with the underside of my
workbench. Currently it houses my mortiser and grinder, but I’m thinking
about making a cabinet where their support shelves slide out from the
underside of the bench, and then are supported on the floor so the tool
can be used from there.”

Jeff: I’ve seen a few setup’s for this. They all look really cool and better yet, useful. I’d be interested to see this when you’re done. I currently have a huge stack of lumber under my bench that needs to find an appropriate home. I have plenty of cabinets, so I really don’t need them under the bench. I might give your idea a go in the distant future. Too many things lined up to tackle it now.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 06-20-2007 04:04 PM

inspired AND intrigued!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 06-20-2007 04:54 PM

I saw a design somewhere that did that. The tool is afixed to the table upside down. When the shelf slides out the whole top pivots 180 degrees and locks. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I saw it.

Watch out for the evil villians in that NE corner.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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mot

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#5 posted 06-20-2007 06:00 PM

Bob! That’s an even better idea! Then the tool will be almost bench level and more useable. I might have to pull out that old plan for the flip top bench…along the idea of what Jeff was mentioning a few days ago. Excellent!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Steffen

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#6 posted 06-20-2007 07:33 PM

Mot,

I’m not sure where I saw it but I know there is a spring loaded lift that is intended for the installation of a Kitchen Aid mixer a kitchen cabinet. It mounts into a lower cabinet and when you want to use the mixer you just swing it up and it locks into place. Those mixers are pretty heavy so I’m sure it would support the weight of a ginder or like kind tool.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10751&filter=mixer (I found the link for you)

Steffen

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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