Saturday, November 26, 2016

Another purchase

This morning I made the decision to make a Craigslist purchase for the shop. A four hour road trip and $448 for some plastic tubes, a bunch of fabric, some metal bits, and a two horse power motor.  The price for this used stuff was comparable to purchasing new from harbor freight or online, but I have better quality.

We left the three kids home to be able to fit it all into the van.  The parking brake is sticking on the truck.
If you have not guessed, I purchased a Grizzly Dust Collection system with a cyclone designed by the same guy who designs them for DOW Chemical for high dust environments.  has two bag filters, so it is going to take up a major amount of room.  If I can wedge it into the garage, that is where it will be going.

Also completed today was a nap, moving the Christmas tree upstairs, helping Nancy a little with organization of the sewing area.  And the girls helped me get the bandsaw from the floor up onto the stand.  The bandsaw is very heavy, Nancy and I decided it was too heave for us to lift together.  After getting it on the stand I have started with the steps to get it running.

The band saw is not yet ready to run, I am taking my time to read the instructions.  It took a while to mount the saw, then I "lost" the bolts to hold it down the base.  I found them with all the other bolts in an unopened bag of bolts sitting on my desk.  Then it took a half hour to remove the rust preventative from the table top, mostly soak time while I watched youtube videos.

Here is two proud girls showing the bandsaw they lifted.  I would tip the saw to the front or the back, Anna would place the thick board, then I would tip the other direction and Anna would place a second thick board, then Lilli would place two thin cross boards and we would repeat the process.  Sixteen times.  Then Nancy and I slid the saw over onto the base.

While waiting for the degreaser to soak I moved all the plastic shoe boxes from the desks to the floor.  This will allow me to work above the desks installing the shelves to hold the boxes.  For most of the evening I had youtube playing shop tour videos to learn what different people like and dislike about their shops.  Trying to glean some ideas.

Tomorrow I am going to visit a On30 layout that I have followed on facebook for quite a few years.

Friday, November 25, 2016

New Shop

Things I have not blogged about.

Going with Adam to Pennsylvania for a weekend.

Going with Adam to Turkeyville for a Saturday Evening.

Visiting Tom Bee's shop.

Visiting Dennis Goodman's shop.

Buying a house.

Moving in.

Buying rail.

Starting a new shop.

Buying a new lift.

Let's catch up on the shop...   Today, the day after Thanksgiving I spent most of the day making shelves for my white box collection.  Moving the boxes out of the way, bringing wood downstairs, assembling the shelves, and loading the shelves.  Nancy did the shopping for the wood.


Originally I planned to have four shelves.  I had placed the top shelf an inch and three quarters too high, then I put the second shelf and stacked two layers of boxes and figured I could deal with that for a while.  Then I rethought the lowest shelf, without it I am free to park my toolbox, or the router table underneath.

It is all screws, two by fours and plywood, I can add, remove, and modify as desired.

The shop is about 12 foot wide by 26 foot long, in a basement, not a walkout.  bottom of the joists are just under 8 foot.  Heating ducts and a gas line lower the overall height.  And there are no windows.

For now I have my desk, and an extension for it at the entrance to the shop.  The white box shelves are across the aisle.  Then at the far end I plan to have a more square, open area.  A plan for a drill press, bandsaw, arbor press, jointer, bench grinder, and maybe a table saw.  The metal cutoff saw, and thickness planer are in the garage at the moment.  I am thinking I will do a dust collection, and general dust filtration system.



I just purchased a bandsaw, a new Grizzly 555ANV, and a 6 inch riser kit.  It has 14 inch wheels, and will be able to resaw 12 inch stock.  I looked on Craigslist for options, and while I saw a possibility or two, none were such good deals compared to buying new.  Not having one is like woodworking with a hand tied behind my back.   I chose this model based on the review of Jay Bates on youtube, and seeing that April Wilkerson, another youtube woodworker also has the same model.

What I have not done is run electrical to the shop, At the advice or Robb I plan to have a 60 amp sub panel for the tools.  I think I will also run something for the lights from the home panel.