Minor Reorganisation

Still working on the shed layout, and there is still more to go.  It takes some time to optimise just how everything is going to work together, and my plans are still changing on a daily basis – each change suggests another.

Ages back, I spoke of the current iteration approaching Shed 2.0, but in fact it is actually 3.0 – I forgot to mention that I started out in a 3m x 3m shed, and in there I had a lathe, Triton WC2000 and Triton router table all set up!  No idea how I did it – I must have been a Tetris Master! (and a contortionist).

So that brings me back to the current Tetris game.  The space is so much bigger than the 3×3, but the problems have compounded at the same rate.  Now, I’m not starting down this line to say I need more – we all need more, but I do want to get the space working as well as I can.  So……

Tool Section

Tool Section

Looks messy, and it is to a certain extent with moving stuff around.

Most notable changes here – the ‘workbench’ in the right hand side is gone, and the sanders that were there have been moved into the left-hand corner.  The jointer/planer has now shuffled along to take up that space, and the drill press has crept out of its corner and back into a more central location.  If I want to use the jointer for longer boards, I can simply drop the drill press table down below the height of the jointer, and then will have a reasonable infeed and outfeed area.

Last night, this view changed again (temporarily) with an unexpected new arrival:

TruPro Dust Extractor

TruPro Dust Extractor

From Woodworking Warehouse

Very cool, 2HP, 60kg, 1 micron filtering through the catridge filter.  If you look in the background of the photos, you can see that it is SO needed.  The 1HP GMC I had for the fixed dust system was not cutting the mustard (as I expected), but I’ve been struggling with what to upgrade to, and that is now academic. WHEW.  Time to suck dust again 🙂

I was thinking of leaving it in this corner (looks good with the cartridge filter), and one of my reasons for moving the previous collector into the other shed was the microfine dust (and the reason I bought that air cleaner, which I cleaned the other day – has been doing a good job by the look of the filter!)  However, the other reason was the noise, and when I fired this puppy up last night, I immediately planned its relocation!  Not that it runs particularly noiser than any other dust extractor, but simply having a motor that is twice the size of the old one, and the significantly increased airflow means I’d rather it in a separate room (and my shed’s piping already is set up for that anyway).  Just have to work out a remote start for it, and I’ll be laughing. (Oh, after I solve my ongoing shed power issues that is: I know this motor is rated as 2HP, but it pulled enough current to trip my shed’s circuit breaker (and the shed is rather dark at midnight!!) Damn it! 🙂 )

Back to the shed re-sort.

Storage End

Storage End

This is the current view in the other direction, but it will be changing again real soon.

I’ve moved the large wooden cabinet (from an old issue of the (now ex) Triton Times) (Check out the 2002 issue for the plans)  This moved it out of the way of the thicknesser/planer infeed, and I’ll use that space for a small sharpening station.

The large rolling cabinet has had some additions onto its side, but I had a brainwave this morning, so this is also temporary.

Woodpecker Layout Tools

Woodpecker Layout Tools

This was a nice display of the Woodpeckers Layout tools (from Professional Woodworkers Supplies), but I’ve gone and come up with an alternate use of that now, so I’m going to have to move this display/storage.

As you can see from the earlier image, this large cabinet juts out into the shed a lot, and to be able to access both sides of the cabinet, I’ve had to have it side on to the wall, so I then end up loosing more wall space to allow for the door openings.  I kept thinking I should have it turned 90 degrees, and put stuff that can be stored long term in the back, which would mean rolling the cabinet out to access them.  Neither is a good option.

Enter the tablesaw.  My idea is – if I rip the cabinet in half, then it could become 2 side-by-side cupboards, and all my issues with it would be solved!  I love it when a plan comes together.

Why does everything I have to move weigh over 60kg?

50 to go…..

to 1/4 million visitors…..

Update…… and there we are: 250,000 visitors 🙂  Now onto the next goal: 1/2 million.  My estimate is that it will happen close to the site’s 2nd birthday (20 June 09), so not long to go!

As some people have been discovering, my counters don’t work on page loads, and even shift-refreshing the screen doesn’t increment the counter.  It doesn’t count feed readers either, so there are quite a few visitors who don’t get counted at all.  Oh well, at least I can be more confident in saying “at least 1/4 mill” and know that is genuine reads.  Doesn’t count web crawlers either (such as Google).

Onward and upward!

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