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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.