Meccano in the Workshop

I was so deprived as a kid, not ever having a meccano set.


It is a wonder I managed to get an engineering degree at all.

😉 Now that I have managed to get myself completely disowned 😉 there are still ways we can get to play putting stuff together in many different configurations, easily, while achieving a desired outcome.

There is Ikea for some, but that isn’t particularly useful in a workshop setting.

What we need is a kit, full of all the fittings and items needed to fit out a workshop with something productive and useful. We (at least the majority of us) are not allowed to play with electricity, but there is nothing stopping us playing with compressed air!

Picked up my master kit and extra fittings I needed from Professional Woodworkers Supplies today, and had a bit of a look through all the fitting, bits’n’pieces etc that it comes with.


Only real problem I see, is it is going to be a bit too easy to put together, and running a permanent air supply system around the workshop will be a bit too rapid. (See what I did there? It is called RapidAir after all 😉 )


The outlets get screwed together- everything into a machined aluminium block. There are taps provided for each outlet to drain condensation out of the lines. The connecting hose fits tool-lessly from point to point, manifold to connector, connector to outlet etc.


Extra outlets, connectors, hose are all available as extras, so you can get the main kit, then supplement it as your workshop requires.

Now you can have a compressed air system throughout, with outlets right where you need them.

Who needs meccano play sets, when we can get something like this to ‘play’ with, setting up the workshop!



Deciding on GPOs

Looking at the shed plans, trying to decide on the distribution of GPOs (power outlets) around the shed.

So far I am getting stupid numbers – like 4 GPOs per pillar, plus 1 each corner of the mezzanine, and each light fitting (and two for air filtration).  Total: 75.  Plus 3 x 15A GPOs and 2 outdoor GPOs.

What would you suggest would be a sensible layout for this shop footprint? (Machine location is very approximate at best)


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