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Setting Up Shop #3: We have LIGHT!

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Blog entry by wmgworks posted 09-16-2015 04:53 PM 746 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Up to this point, the only light I had in the garage was the bulb on my garage door opener. And it shuts off after a few minutes. One of my first tasks was to get some more light. One of my neighbors gave me 2 4’ 2 bulb hanging lights. Problem was – no power in the ceiling other than the garage door – and it is constantly on.

This picture you see below of a single light bulb may not look like much. But this is very symbolic for me. Up until this point the only changes I have made to the garage are to get rid of a bunch of stuff and push a bunch of stuff to the side. I haven’t built or added anything. This light is the first thing I’ve added. It took me 3 weeks to get this thing to light up. First off, I had to run power for it in the rafters. I also had to repair some of the lights because one of the posts wasn’t working. Also wired my first power chord (the original was about 6 inches long…). A few trips back and forth to the hardware store, a couple broken bulbs, countless lessons from my Electrical Engineer of a neighbor (I knew next to nothing about electricity) and a hidden GFI that kept tripping and as of last night, I finally have light!

It’s easy go get frustrated (and I did more than I like to admit). One of hte greatest things about becoming a craftsmen are the lessons you learn along the way and not necessarily the item you craft at the end. Every project should be a learning process.

Hope to have the second light installed this weekend.

-- Butchering wood since 2015



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Richard

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 07:05 PM

We all have to start somewhere , and one light is a start. Keep going you will get there.

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 07:23 PM

Agreed. I know I am a long way from done. But as long as I see things GETTING done – like a single new outlet, or a small spot reorganized – I feel good about it.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#3 posted 09-17-2015 06:06 AM

Doesn’t it feel good when you hit the switch and the light comes on! My neighbor is setting up his shop and I went over the other afternoon to help him wire up a 220 circuit and put up some fluorescent shop lights. He was struggling because there was a lot of wiring and he could not make sense of it at all. I do not think I have ever seen anyone happier than when he plugged in his welder in to check the 220 and it fired right up.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 03:10 PM



Doesn t it feel good when you hit the switch and the light comes on! My neighbor is setting up his shop and I went over the other afternoon to help him wire up a 220 circuit and put up some fluorescent shop lights. He was struggling because there was a lot of wiring and he could not make sense of it at all. I do not think I have ever seen anyone happier than when he plugged in his welder in to check the 220 and it fired right up.

- fatman51

Definitely! I find myself making excuses to go out to the garage just so I can flip the light on and look at it :D

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#5 posted 09-17-2015 03:31 PM

Light is always important in a woodworking shop and whenever anyone improves the lighting in a shop it can make their spirit soar and expand their confidence. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 09-18-2015 03:30 PM


Agreed. I know I am a long way from done. But as long as I see things GETTING done – like a single new outlet, or a small spot reorganized – I feel good about it.

- wmgworks


Well you have a Lot to look forward to.
6 more new lights
12 new 110 volt outlets
2 or 3 220 volt outlets
Work bench
Storage Cabinets
Lumber rack
Etc. Etc. Etc.

And I have all of that to look forward to myself , As Soon as I get the Garage to put them all into. :)

It is Long and Never Ending Journey that you have started on my friend. Just ask any Woodworker if His or Her Shop is FINISHED Yet. Short answer is No.

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#7 posted 09-18-2015 11:30 PM


Well you have a Lot to look forward to.
6 more new lights
12 new 110 volt outlets
2 or 3 220 volt outlets
Work bench
Storage Cabinets
Lumber rack
Etc. Etc. Etc.

And I have all of that to look forward to myself , As Soon as I get the Garage to put them all into. :)

It is Long and Never Ending Journey that you have started on my friend. Just ask any Woodworker if His or Her Shop is FINISHED Yet. Short answer is No.

- Richard

There is definitely a lot to do! As far as the items on your list one of hte biggest hurdles I will be facing is the minimalist power issue I have. I’m in a townhouse complex, so the garages are on shared power. We split a 20 amp 110v circuit between 2-3 garages. No way for me to add more either. The good news is that I almost never see any of my neighbors in their garages except to open and close them to get the car in and out. I also don’t see any fridges or freezers. So, for the most part, I get the entire circuit to myself when I will be working.

With that in mind I will install 3 more shop lights, at least 3 more 4 plug outlets and then use station lighting as needed over each work area if need be. I think I’m going to be OK at 20. I only use one tool at a time anyway. Might get into trouble if I turn on the Shop Vac and the table saw at the same time though… And, if power is an issue, I’m more than happy to Neanderthal it with hand tools. I just wanna make some sawdust man!

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#8 posted 09-19-2015 04:01 PM

Sounds like you have it all under control as best you can. And there is nothing at all wrong with going the Neanderthal route with hand tools. Hand tools are something we all need to have at least a basic capability with because no matter how good your Power tools are you are at some point going to need to slip in a bit of hand tool work on a project if you want it to really look good.

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