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Workshop: Looking Ahead

Having viewed the potential-workshop a few days ago now, I’ve taken the weekend to step back and decide that I will be going for it – just in case there was ever any doubt! 😉

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You know you’re looking forward to something when you find yourself plotting a potential workshop layout!

Things are still yet to be signed, dotted and paid for as I write this but I remain confident regardless. In this post, I’ll be highlighting a few things I’ve since noticed and looking ahead to what will need to be done.

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After a Tidy Up

Last weekend, I actually spent a few hours in the workshop but, this was mostly dedicated to sweeping the floor and, generally, giving the whole place a pretty ‘deep clean’. That means wiping dust and collecting shavings from all horizontal surfaces (shelves, work tops and cupboards). It was the first time I’d done this in so long. Once the hard work was over, I really did feel so much better for it. Just being in a clean workshop… Everything felt so ‘clear’.

Another New Layout!

I try to keep the floor clean quite regularly but I must work harder to maintain areas like the spaces beneath my workbench (one downside of drilling dog holes!). There’s a huge psychological benefit to doing this and, with the new base recently completed for my 6in planer, I’ve been able to shuffle things around again…

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Video Tour of Dust Extraction

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or YouTube will have been alerted to my latest video upload last night; a tour of the current dust extraction setup in my workshop:

(If that doesn’t work then, please follow this link.)

After that most-recent video-tour of my workshop, a few people contacted me asking more about the extraction setup I have.

It’s far from perfect, at the moment… I think it’s close to being very good but, I need to attempt to make some half-decent connections where the waste pipe meets the flexible hose, and vice-versa. I’ll also be purchasing some proper vacuum hose to replace the pond filter hose I purchased on a whim (saving money isn’t always the best option).

Any comments or suggestions you may have are more than welcome. I’m happy to read and hear whatever you may have to say.

Thank you for reading and for watching.

1 + 1 = …1?

This is something that’s been playing on my mind, recently. I’ve come to the conclusion that storing my router table underneath the mitre saw isn’t the most practical solution for my workshop. Although I built it as a benchtop model, it is quite heavy and, I keep looking that Black & Decker Workmate and asking myself; “Is there a way in which I can better utilise this space?“.

I seem to be using my table saw far more often than I had anticipated when I bought it (well, it is nice not to have to change bandsaw blades so frequently!) and, as I’d like to be able to increase the width support (ripping capacity) on this saw, it only seems logical that I should try to bring a router table in to the equation as well. Then, I could store power tools (with or without their cases) below both machines and relegate that hazardous Workmate to the rear wall.

I’d have to start by buying the base attachment rails I was talking about many months ago. They’re not cheap but, at 1180mm long, that’s going to leave a lot of room for some kind of addition on that right-hand end. Currently, the saw’s table is a bit less than 600mm wide. Even with an allowance for the potential sliding cross-cutting table on the left-hand side (6in or so?), I should really look to do something with all that extra space – I still don’t fancy spend £120 on what looks to be a fairly straight-forward width extension. For that, I could buy a new mounting plate, NVR switch, a whole sheet of Formica and still, walk away with change in my pocket!!

So, it seems like a good idea for the future; whenever I can find the time. Plenty of other people have done it if you look across any of the woodworking forums so, it can’t be a bad idea, can it? 🙂

Thanks for reading.

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