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My New Workshop

Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:03 pm

Many of you know that my family and I have been quite busy as of late.

For those of you that don't:

We went on a much needed vacation in early September and within the week after getting back we packed up a house we'd lived in for 11 odd years. Packing up a small house, crammed full of stuff, was quite an adventure I tell you....I swear stuff kept popping up out of thin air.

We were moving to a larger house across town....a much needed move I mean to tell you. Part of my great excitement over the move is the opportunity to have a much larger and nicer shop space.

I haven't worked in my shop now for some 7 or 8 weeks and I've really been itching to get back in. But, the new shop needed set up. Electricity run, benches built, shelves built, everything set in place, etc. I had to work all of this in between getting the rest of the house unpacked and set up for my family. After several weekends, it's finally close enough that I can play once again.

Here are some pictures of the new set up:

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The shop is set up into two areas.....a dirty side and a clean side. The dirty side will only have pieces of equipment that make dust.....no other tools. Something I learned from the last set up I had was that cleaning up around a bench that had misc. tools, pieces of wood, double sided tape, bottles of epoxy.....ALL manners of junk lying around.....and was covered in dust was a royal PITA. Now, I won't have that issue. Turn on the shop vac and clean.

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On the dirty side is the belt grinder, disc sander, hand sanding station, mill, bandsaw, and drill press.

The mill only got moved successfully because I have a friend I've known since college who played for the Huskers as a lineman.....he's a big sumbiatch and he struggled immensely with moving the mill. I would never had been able to move it without him.

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On the outside of the dirty room is a set of shelves. So much storage room now....I couldn't be happier. I used to have stuff scattered about the house and it irritated my wife.

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I know have a full size bench on the clean side as well. Still need to do a little work on this side though including adding a light fixture above the bench.

I'm also not going to show the world my marvelous electrical job either. I did it myself with some phone help from an electrician I know. He came over afterwards and okay'd it to be safe to use but laughed at my work primarily because the conduit I ran is all crooked.....it was getting late last Friday night and I wanted to be done. :o

Still need to find a storage solution for my belts, do a little more work to the poly wall, run electricity for the kiln eventually, and several other small items....but at least I can play soon.

And.....it's inside, air conditioned and heated. No more freezing my ass off going to the garage (where my old shop was) in January. Plus....now we have a garage we can use.

Re: My New Workshop

Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:45 pm

ADAM <> Living the dream, man. GOOD FOR YOU! Image

Re: My New Workshop

Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:36 am

Thats going to be great for you Adam! Congrats!

Re: My New Workshop

Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:49 pm

Sweet. Congratulations on the new digs. Hoping that within the next 12-18 months I'll have somewhere I can actually work on stuff.

Re: My New Workshop

Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:41 pm

Very nice Adam! I'm sure you'll need some therapeutic down-time in your new man cave after the stress and workload of a family move.
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