Sunday, August 31, 2008
I'm on a major kick to clear out my storage unit and move all of the gear up to the shop. Here was one trip's worth of lumber... I still have a bit more to come up, but it is mostly shorts and cut offs.
Speaking of shorts, I had to move the short stock I had on the lumber rack above the miter saw station, I think I need to install a couple of more brackets, that's a tad overloaded for my taste.
There's that truckload of wood up in the racks. The top level holds mostly butternut, the middle is all cherry and the lower level is maple. Most of it is still rough cut lumber, but there's a few pieces which have been dressed S4S (surfaced 4 sides for the non-woodworking reader)
This is the back end of the shop, note the sheet goods temporary storage area. along with the reflectix insulation which is going on all of the walls.
view of the far corner of the shop, showing the wall which will get insulation and plywood installed this weekend. Might even get ambitious and put in the window, since the storage unit is almost empty!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I decided that my workbench, which is in two halves needed to be just a bit lower. I originally built them to just below elbow height, which for me is 42" high. That makes it convenient for not having to bend over and such, but it is a bit too high for good hand tool usage; planing and so forth.
Here you can see the torsion box and legs before the top stretchers get put on. The torsion box is 1/2" plywood with SYP for the 'meat' in the sandwich. Very sturdy, and makes for a nice solid workbench. The legs are hemlock glued and screwed into the classic 'L' style leg.
I made the lower bench just 35 3/4" tall which lets it serve in a pinch as outfeed support for my tablesaw.
Here's a view showing the stretchers in place. that 6" difference in height makes a big difference. I think the taller bench is going to get a similar reduction in height. once I have a lot more of the moving done.
Monday, August 25, 2008
This may seem like a small step, but for me it marks when I can truly start moving in equipment and stuff into the shop. I made a couple of trips to the storage unit. The first trip was to get the drywall and cement board which I scored this spring. For a mere $20 I got 5 sheets of moisture resistant drywall, plus numerous cutoffs from a friend of Mark's who was clearing out his garage.
I forgot to get a photo, but I'll grab one tonight after work.
The second trip brought my lathe and benches.
Starting to get a little crowded in there, but that’s the nature of the beast… at only 240 sq ft I’ll be doing the ‘dance’ a lot as I get things ironed out.
Here's my first bench. And my midi lathe:
As it sits now, if I were to use the other half of the bench the spindle would be at 57” high. I think I’m going to lower it about 7” just for good measure.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Sunday saw me back out in the shop in the morning, while the family was sleeping. I was busy building this:
It’s intended as a temporary rack, but it’ll likely wind up as semi permanent fixture of the shop. The location will certainly stay the same at least. I have to start putting some thought into what will go where in the shop. I’ve got a ton of stuff and not a lot of floor space to put it in. What I do have a relative ‘lot’ of is vertical space thanks to the 10’ sidewalls. Those racks are going to be right above the initial location of my CMS. I’ll add two more racks above those. When & if I fill those up with lumber.
Sheet goods will be another issue altogether, at least in the beginning. I’ve got at least 8 sheets of various materials to cope with. In the long run I’ll only be ‘storing’ cut-offs from whatever current project I’m working on.
Later on Sunday I started working on hanging the doors.
I trimmed back the OSB from the doorway, which was fun. I got to use the saws-all and the router. Bet you didn’t know that a PC 690 was really an overgrown laminate trimmer. Had to use it one handed from the ladder, but it got things cleaned up in short order.
James helped out, steadying the door while I installed the hinges. Everything was going ‘well’ until we opened the door…
And it hung up on the top step of the stairs, not quite opening halfway.
SO… after a few ‘bad words’ were uttered, we removed the top step to see just how much space we had…
and a close up view or two
My first impression was to cut the riser back and lower the top step, which would probably catch me every time I tried to walk into the shop. It’s only held on by a dozen or so deck screws, so I think what I’m going to do is hang the other door and then remove the stairs, dig out the bottom step area just a bit, level it off and then screw them back onto the building.
And it can be hard to find ‘good help’ Lucky for me, I did just that…
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I was working on building a lumber rack for the shop yesterday, there are the cross pieces cut at a slight angle to counteract deflection from weight. I'm going to temporarily install them, just so I can get the wood from the pallets in the side yard stored, not to mention the cherry I have in my storage unit. I'm sure that eventually I'll build a much sturdier unit, but that's just part of the continual evolution of any shop.
Here's the wall which will hold the rack. About 10' of linear space. I'm planning on three levels initially, plus the floor.
At just about the time I was going to wrap up for the evening, one of the guys who helped me install my roof; Josh, stopped by. I had asked him for help putting the upper panels up on the end walls. I'd tried several times, but hadn't managed to get them installed. He spent maybe 15 minutes and got them up with only one adjustment to the pieces I had cut.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Once we had the outer sections installed, we measured and cut the diagonal braces and Grizz hand cut them to fit. Here's a sketch involved in how to install the diagonals...
We were discussing which way we were going to cut the diagonal, and I finally convinced him that we needed to go top center to bottom right for the R door.
and here are the finished products:
and a second view
Those suckers are Heavy, but I managed to unload them by myself tonight. I just backed the truck up to the stairs and tipped them right out into the shop.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
As Little Bill Grumbine would call it (.... yep, I said little. Ask Bill about hanging out with Bill and Nettie Turpin from NC after 5 Barns and you'll understand 'Little') I was excercising my 'turning muscle.' (turning muscle = Big Belly, something which Bill and I share)
I had to clean up my tablesaw. It lived outside under the blue tarp and some OSB for a year and the table and wings were slightly rusted. I wound up using some mineral spirits and a green scrubbie to clean it up. A coat of paste wax later and it is back in action.
The Shop is almost closed in... I finally got up and got the top of the end walls framed up.
I'm proud of the back wall, but the front one will be what it is...
My height issue came back in full force. I decided I wanted a 'hay mow' doorway up on the top section to let some light in as well as for ventilation.
Mark loaned me his EZ Smart again, and I cut the OSB to fit the funky gambrel eaves. James was a huge help with that. I was puzzling out the angles and he came up with the solution in about a minute. No pics of the cutting, but here I am putting the first panel up.
I tried to get the upper section put in, but when I got the upper section up there I couldn't get it nailed off. I'm going to have to hire Dave & Josh again to finish that part off. Money well invested.