Workshop Improvements

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With my birthday last week I got a new 8" grinder. I ordered two new wheels form Lee valley to go with it, but not here yet. In the mean time I converted my old grinder to a wire buffer and polishing buffer. I took the time to build some drawers for the Roubo and put all the hand woodworking tools into them. Then the window bench got a clean up and fresh coat of paint. The upcoming coffee table birch got re racked and the assembly bench to build a bench got the tools remounted and secured. Here’s some pics of the changes.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

A friend stopped by the shop today to drop off some planes he scored for me. They are a bit rusty and beat up, but, that’s nothing for me.

And now my plane drawer is brimming, check this out!

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Great work on your shop Chris. Really looking good with that new grinder and I like the way you are organizing your drawers, though I think it would be an advantage if you some dividers in them. Just a thought.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

The one on the left currently runs at 3200rpm. The one on the right I have installed an in line rheostat that allows me to go from 1750rpm down to 400rpm. I hope to build a heartier one for the 8" grinder to get the Rpms down to 800. I will have to make sure I can handle a full 15amps.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

The new wheels arrived today, very late in the day after 7pm. So I putzed in the shop between naps. Here is the final setup, 80grit on the right, and 120grit on the left with the veritas guide system. Well worth the wait!

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Oops, just noticed they posted twice. Sorry

Yeah, I guess we are always needing/ wanting more space.
I’m currently thinking of ways to get some covered outdoor workspace…

-- Angellos

Thanks Thorreain. Working on getting some more tooling in the metal shop. As the work comes in, I try and do some kind of improvement. Biggest issue is lack of space! lol
Here’s a few pics of my metal works

-- Angellos

Thanks Thorreain. Working on getting some more tooling in the metal shop. As the work comes in, I try and do some kind of improvement. Biggest issue is lack of space! lol
Here’s a few pics of my metal works

-- Angellos

Here’s a few pics, I’ll see about getting a better one.
I built the propane forge a few years ago using T-Rex burners. There is a door on each end as well as a pair on the front. It also has an extra layer of fire brick on the floor for when I don’t need the whole space.
The coal forge I just picked up today. Pretty excited as it can handle much bigger pieces. I also posted the swage block as I think that it’s a very cool tool

https://pic.craftisian.com/o/back_of_the_forge_isw8d1!

-- Angellos

Your shop looks great! My latest shop improvements have been mostly in my metal shop… new swage block (and a mobile base that I made for it), new coal forge and new headache rack (I built that also) for my truck. I also replaced the floor in my cargo trailer.
In the wood shop I just added a 2″ × 2″ × 40″ metal riser tube to my dust collector switch so I can actually reach it. It was on the motor in the back of the unit…very awkward to reach.

An area for jigs has been on my list for a while now….

-- Angellos

I still have two small improvements and one jig to to finish up, 1) build a proper clamp rack, 2) hang all my jigs in a common location. The jig Ive started is a cross cut sled, it will help me get more accurate cuts on the upcoming coffee tables.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

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