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Damp Fever

Let’s start this evening off with two snippets of good news, heading in to the weekend…

First – I’ve been back in the workshop today!! 😀

Second – I spent the first few minutes filming a brand-new video tour of my workshop, a good year or so after the previous film! Many things have changed since then and, looking back, I can see several areas that I forgot to highlight while filming (you’ll find a link to this video further on in this post).

Now, for the news that’s not so good…

I mentioned recently that my workshop smelled very damp and, there certainly are many signs of that on both timber and on my tools. Not so much on the rust front (except where the leaking roof appears to have gotten only worse!) but, the MDF on my incomplete table saw/router table station is covered with green spores (above).

As are some of my stocks of timber!

Okay, this is only soft American lime but, it is already planed to size and I am intending to use it on a project or two in the very near future. Most of the other hardwoods are fine. Some of my pine has also been effected; it’s mainly the softer stuff.

Fairly soon then, I’ll have to look at installing some vents for efficient air circulation – another one of those ‘round tuits‘ I never completed last year!

Here’s a link to that video that you’re (hopefully) waiting to see:

All comments are welcome, as always. If there’s anything more you’d like to know about a certain aspect of where and how I work – or, perhaps something that I work with – then, please, do let me know. As I said earlier; there is at least one area (dust extraction) where I realise now that I could’ve spent some more time looking at… Maybe I’ll save that for a future video. 😉

Thanks for reading and for watching,

Olly.

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5 responses to “Damp Fever

  1. Alex 09/03/2012 at 22:11

    you mentioned in previous blogs that your love life has ended. Lay her to one side and continue with your passion. Please do not neglect your shop in favour of other pursuits. It is evident that your work place has been neglected. SHAME ON YOU. stop being a victim and make it right. My roof leaks everywhere but I intend to make it good. Now go on lad, DO IT. Make it happen

  2. Bongo 10/03/2012 at 10:28

    Hay Olly, really interesting video. Gives a nice insight into how you work.
    OK so after seeing the video I agree, you need to get rid of something to give yourself a bit more room. Like you said, I would loose the small but room hogging tablesaw, and keep your big daddy bandsaw for most things. Considering your have the bandsaw, mitre saw, and planer thicknesser it seems like a little contractors tablesaw would be a bit redundant. Looks like you would actually have room to use your thicknesser if you got rid of it too 🙂

    Dude, I feel for you on the damp and leaky roof front. Nothing worse than seeing things slowly degrade. The flowering elbow workshop has been plagued by roof trouble from the first. It is a lot better than it was, but still not 100% sorted. Water infiltration, grrrrrrrr!

    Anyway, thanks for sharing.
    PS. Don’t sell your bandsaw. If your worried about moving workshop, sell it when the time comes… Or really I don’t think it would be such an issue if you spent a while dismantling – take the table and wheels off etc… With one other person helping you, you could shift it no problem 😀

    • Olly Parry-Jones 10/03/2012 at 11:09

      Hi Bongo,

      You are right, I need to get rid of the table saw. Hopefully, I’ll be able to sell it complete with the router table as well (except, I’d still like to keep the router I currently have fitted).

      I do use my router table a lot so, I’ll probably look at building another one of those.

      I’ve thought of down-grading to a 6in planer and maybe getting a noisy “lunchbox” thicknesser (Makita, DeWalt, Axminster, etc.)… I don’t know. At least then, the thicknesser might be able to live under the mitre saw’s wing and I rarely plane boards more than 6in wide anyway. Swinging the current P/T around when changing between modes is inconvenient, to say the least. I could run a length of pipe to the other end of the workshop but then, it would be more difficult feeding lengths through the thicknesser, I think.

      This will all be coming up soon in a new post. As for the bandsaw, I ‘broke’ it yesterday! 🙄 Well, I think the machine’s okay but there’s no power coming from the 16amp socket (I’ve tried a few 13amp tools). Its wheels are held on with giant circlips that are too large for my pliers. I did try grinding down some needle-nose pliers but, that didn’t seem to work.

      • Bongo 10/03/2012 at 11:18

        OH no, broken bandsaw = bad.
        What about putting your current planer thicknesser on wheels so you can rotate it easier? After all swapping it for two other tools might just lead to more chaos?
        Sounds like you need some good circlip pliers, there’s another tool for the list 😉

  3. Josh Jubinsky 13/03/2012 at 15:26

    looks good. i know space is at a premium, but even a small dehumidifier would go a long way to drying things out. just a thought.

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