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    I have been wanting to give my wood shop a good going over for a number of years. Little things, that I have "let go" for a long time that have been minor pains in the ass and nuisances have added up and they eventually were enough, when added to other tasks that could be done, well, the time had come!

    Besides a thorough cleaning up and sweeping of the dust, from top to bottom started with cleaning off the enormous amount of wood dust on the tops of the dust collection ductwork....tops of cabinets, under cabinets, on benches and machines.....you get the idea. Amazing how much collects! I also had machines that needed maintenance, realigning to factory specs, cleaning and adjusting and accessories to replace. I decided to take some time to get my shop back in shape and make it more functional and cleaner and in essence, safer!

    It all started about three months ago when I FINALLY replaced both of the pneumatic air systems in the garage downstairs and the shop upstairs. They had both been leaking air for years at this joint or that...pretty much around the regulators. Result - I couldn't leave the system turned on when I wasn't in the shop. Obviously, it would cycle off and on 24/7. Not good. But I put up with it for years. Finally, I replaced them with new regulators and now have compressed air at my service at the picking up of a hose.


    I had stumbled across this on line auction site that is hired to list everything for auction for clients closing up shop at factories...selling the inventory of homes...etc. I had been watching the auction bidding for materials and items from an old furniture factory in Pennsylvania and they had a floor model stand up fan. I had modified one like this many years ago to mount to my shop ceiling for cooling in the summer. Two years ago, I accidently knocked into it with a piece of lumber while it was running. Knocked it out of balance and despite my efforts, I couldn't straighten it enough to prevent it from wobbling. To buy a new one was like four or five hundred bucks. I picked up a larger and nicer one from this auction...winning the bidding at $160.....did the modifications I needed to mount it the way the former fan had been mounted and I was back in business. it is controlled by a wall mounted veriiable "pot" speed controller.



    Not going any further until I see that this works.

  • #2
    Cool....I will continue.

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    • #3
      THAT'S A GREAT FAN!!!

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      • #4
        Next up was to get the infeed and outfeed tables surrounding my DeWalt 735 planer on the same plane as the planer itself. I built the planer into my bench to allow a massive amount of infeed and outfeed capability....allowing me to literally plane lumber up to like ten or twelve feet long if need be. Over time, machines like this can get out of calibration. The benches vibrate out of level here and there....everything just needs going over to be put back in optimal adjustment.



        So, I devised this adjustable raising and lowering system to adjust the level of the planer. Using lag bolts, washers and nuts and some judicious use of epoxy....you simply tighten or loosen the nuts on the upturned bolts to adjust the level of the platform at each corner of the planer that is mounted to a platform. Pretty neat system if I must say so myself.


        While in the midst of cleaning up and trying to make the best use of space in re-organizing....I realized that I just need MORE space!!! Don't know why it hadn't occurred to me in the past, but I stood there one day and realized that I could mount cabinets on the upper 45 degree wall above my bench for more storage. It appealed to me and I got right to work on making them. 2X3 framing and simple 3/4" pine went into the cabinets and they added a surprising amount of additional storage for lots of stuff that had inhabited my bench since forever.



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        • #5
          While I waited for the backordered hinges for the cabinets, I got to the jointer. I had nicked the knives a handful of weeks ago while working on a project for our home and decided to replace the blades. It was the first time ever for me doing this. Jointers truly need their knives to be installed darned near perfectly in line with each other. I purchased a special dial indicator tool that helps with this adjustment and it worked to perfection! Got all three knives within a half of a thousandth of an inch. Awesome tool!





          If you look at the pictures of the floor under the jointer above, you can see where the floor material is chewed up. That is where the maneuverable wheels of the mobile base that the jointer sits upon, scraped ever so slightly into the floor when the wheels turn on their own axis. The floor material is a painted chipboard type of sheeting. Over the many years of the shops existance, that slight amount of wear to the floor built up. I wanted to cut out the section where the damage is located and replace it with a dense hardwood. Like the air system regulators.....I put up with this floor deal for years. So glad that I finally got around to fixing the problem.

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          • #6
            Eventually, the hinges were delivered and I could finish the cabinets. I had fabricated the bin doors while waiting and once I had the specialty hinges in hand, the doors were quickly mounted to the face frames of the cabinets and everything was mounted to the cabinets on the wall.





            On another day, I was standing in the shop...honestly, enjoying some ganja...and looked at the space under my building bench. Since day one of the shop, I had been using this area to store off cuts and other pieces of wood that I would use again "some day". While I did here and there pull something out of there and use it....the space was not being used efficiently. It occurred to me that if I closed off the space and added doors to each end, I could store a number of specialty items under there where they could be protected from being bumped and remain relatively dust free.

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            • #7
              Any more fans?

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              • #8
                Fabbed up some doors relatively like those built for the wall cabinets and added them after closing the area off. Added self closing hinges to them.




                In that space...I was able to safely and securely store my chop saw, Kreg pneumatic pocket hole jig, my new Powermatic tablesaw tennoning jig, a small bench grinder, my self built vacuum pump and veneer bag and accessories, a Milwaukee multi tool and right angle drill and a benchtop jigsaw.




                The spaces that those items took up, plus the space that the new wall cabinets added to the storage possibilities in the shop added up to some major visual differences in the shop! I pretty much cleared the benchtop of the clutter. So much more is behind doors and out of sight and danger of being damaged. This clean up and re-organization effort was well worth the time and really long overdue. I also went over and recalibrated other machines such as my tablesaw outfeed table and the saw itself, the bandsaw got tuned up about two months ago....hell, I even restacked my wood rack in the name of straightening up and finding more space.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by animal View Post
                  THAT'S A GREAT FAN!!!
                  Yeah....the bidding started a $5 for that baby. Went all the way up to $160 by auctions end and I had to slip in that bid right at the last few seconds to secure it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hawkfan8812 View Post
                    Any more fans?
                    That was the only fan in that auction.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by HowieTheHat View Post

                      That was the only fan in that auction.
                      Always a bridesmaid, never the bride.

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                      • #12
                        Howie, a guy like you must have a ton of clamps. how do you store them?

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                        • #13
                          Nice clean up job Howie.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by animal View Post
                            Howie, a guy like you must have a ton of clamps. how do you store them?
                            Animal....not a ton of clamps...could always use more. I started with the Bessey's but gotta tell you...when I bought my Jet Cabinet saw, they threw in four of their new parallel clamps and damned if they aren't always the first I reach for. Let me go grab a picture of the clamp deal in the shop. Be right back.

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                            • #15
                              i think i see some pipe clamps hanging off both sides of that island work bench.

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