Power Runs

Been a quiet couple of days here (in the virtual shed) as it has been very busy otherwise.  So not a lot to report at this stage, although there’s always something 😉

– took the measurements and photos for the next blade review, and will be working on that over the next day or so

– secured the shed door (finally), so it now sports a pretty highly rated Lockwood bolt, staple and padlock, among other security methods that I’m not going to go into obviously.

– got the trailer to the tip, with an absolute mountain of rubbish, including the remains of the old shed, and its contents.  There is a cage on the trailer, and the rubbish pile was about 1 1/2 feet higher than that!

– picked up these power runs:

Shed Power

Shed Power

Hope they work out ok.  The first one is 12m long, cost about $32 and has a single power plug every 2 metres.  I’m going to run it down the middle of the roof for the lights, then across right hand wall to the front wall and back as far as it will go.  That will give me an extra power point for a light for the lathe, and another for the router table.

The second is 4m long, and has a double plug every 1m.  I bought two of these (given the shed is 8m long), and it will be run down the middle of the back wall for the full length.

Neither of these will be powering the 3HP (2400W) gear (router and tablesaw), which will have to have their own dedicated circuit.

Dust Collection Options

As I recommission the shed, and the equipment within, I am paying quite a bit of attention to the whole issue of dust extraction and collection.  Even though I currently have a 1hp 4″ system that I plan on running to each machine, it just doesn’t seem to be enough.

I’m currently investigating the options, and am looking at the possibility of upgrading to a 2HP collector, and even including an air filter unit.

My ideal would be a cyclone collection, but the budget doesn’t stretch that far!  I might have to resort to the cheap-man’s cyclone option, rather than a specifically built all-in-one collector.  It’s all going to have to be manual blast gates as well for the same reason.

Lighting Control

On the Australian Woodwork Forums, one of the members mentioned how they had sourced some remote controlled 240V switches, and it dawned on me that this might be a perfect solution for the shed lighting.

Headed down the the store in question – Jaycar, and got to see the units. Was thinking through how they might help, and decided it was the way to go. Saw some hardwired versions as well, but the standard ones were definitely the solution I needed.

Had the boxes in hand at the checkout, but there was a long queue, and the counter staff were being very slow, and I had time to start second guessing myself. Decided I didn’t need them there and then. Wasn’t sure if they were the ones being talked about here anyway (seemed..I dunno….plastic-ee) The base unit in the store I went to was something like $40 for the remote plus one unit, and each additional switch was $25.

So I put them all down, and decided to see what Dick Smith’s equivalent was.

Turns out their base (1 remote + 1 switch) was $20, and each additional switch was $10. The remote controls 5 units rather than 4, but cannot be set for the 16 or so that the Jaycar one can. I only needed 5 circuits, so I was wrapped!!!!

So thanks to the forum member, this wouldn’t have even occurred to me if they hadn’t mentioned it – it has saved a lot of hassles, and wires (and switches etc)

So what I am going to do is –

switch 1 – left set of 4 banks of tubes
switch 2 – middle set of 2 banks of tubes
switch 3 – right set of 4 banks of tubes
switch 4 – outside light
switch 5 – undecided

Means I can switch the dusty (***update – no – can’t handle the starting current required for motors***) on and off remotely as required, and the banks of lights as needed as well. Way cool!!!!

Remote Control 240V Switches

I really like my new lights – they were being discarded from a building that was being upgraded to a more energy optimised type of fitting – light sensing type. So these were getting tossed – 3 years old, immaculate condition, prewired (3 pin plug), with tubes and everything.

I love the green movement – they throw these things away – how much power is needed to be saved by the new set before they even recoup the energy and resources that went into making this set? It looks good on the company’s green balance sheet, and cost the country (or the planet depending on where they were made) a stack of extra resources overall. The planet’s loss, my shed’s gain!!!

***Update, as we have discovered, these specific units are rated for 1000W max, which should be ok, but the comparable units from Jaycar also list that they can handle the current for lighting circuits, but only start a 1/10HP motor.  The Jacksons’ don’t list this restriction, but in practice, it is there nevertheless (so I discovered when I blew one!)  So, these are perfect for my lights as I wanted, just don’t plan on starting any equipment with one!! ***

Episode 28 Tour of the Shed During Upgrade

Tour of the Shed during the recent upgrades, so this is a look at Stu’s Shed 1.7

When we finally get to 2.0 (in another 5 years or so), I might do another one then!

Also includes a look back at a very short video tour I did a few years ago, well before Stu’s Shed became….

Shed Upgrade XXI

Been a while since I provided a report on the shed’s progress, and much of that is because progress is so much slower. Having to earn a wage certainly doesn’t provide much opportunities to work on what is really of interest.

The shed doors are now on (a video that I’ll put up next week was shot just before the doors were finished (just for Glenn who’s keen to see the progress!) 🙂 ). They are not finished – more waterproofing required near the hinges. But doors are doors, and really changes one’s thinking from feeling like you are building a shed, to finishing a shed.

Shed Doors

The look a bit on the ugly side, a result of the lighting as much as anything. They are just hinged – as much as I considered all the other options, I decided I’d rather money for tools, rather than money for fancy door mechanisms.

The other news is on the lighting front – I’ve been doing a bit of scrounging, and ended up being given a whole stack of double fluorescent fittings, with tubes. These are not the really old crappy things I got at the local market years ago for $5 a (single tube) fitting – these are pristine, near new (less than 3 years old), with lots of light reflection behind to really push the light out. Given the typical price of a fitting at Bunnies, I’d say these fittings are worth at least $100 each, if not twice that.

Light Fitting Fluorescent Tube

They even came with a standard plug fitting on the end – bonus! Using it here to provide a little light while setting up the tablesaw.

Light Fitting Fluorescent Tube

Did I mention I got 12 of these fittings????! That would allow me to hang 2 per roof division, and still have 2 left over for the lower shed. Will have to experiment to see just how much light is produced, and how many fittings are needed, but I’d rather overkill than not, seeing as I have the fittings anyway. In total anywhere between $1200 and $2400 worth of lights for free – got to love that!

Shed Upgrade Progress Part XX

Thanks to one of my dedicated readers, I’ve been prompted to provide another SITREP about progress out there. Spent a number of hours last night just starting the whole cleanup – as you would have seen from recent photos the collection of just everything in the centre of the shed. The laws of entropy at their strongest!

So I tidied and tidied. I’m still nowhere near finished, bit at least I can walk from A to B again!

I can’t quite believe it – a shop with all major tools inside, and there is actually room to walk around still! There is still LOTS to do- at least as much again as I already did, and that is just to get the room neat, ready to start actually improving things (such as dust extraction).

I know it is just a light – I needed something to see by, so dropped into a hardware store on the way home looking for something, and came across these really cheap $8 lamp holders. They could only take a 60W bulb – not much light, so I decided to put the ultraefficient bulbs in – an 18W is the equivalent of a 100W bulb. I was pretty pleased with them, considering how low cost they are.

As part of the cleanup, there is always something needing cleaning out, so I threw all that into a corner. Hmm – how can a small 6 x 3m shed hold the equivalent of a trailer-load of rubbish? No wonder I was cramped!

A look in the other direction, to give an idea of the added space.

There are obviously a number of items still completely out-of-location. For example, the shelving and drill press are not meant to be located in the middle of the room! Oh, and yes – that is part of my Incra LS Positioner on the drill press – what I’ve mounted it to is going to have a couple of 40mm holes cut in it so I can fit MagJigs to it, so the Incra fence can be connected very easily to the tablesaw for when the accuracy is required.

Found this awesome blade in the shed – wonder if it will fit the new table? So old there isn’t a carbide tip in sight!

I’m pretty impressed – this is currently the only leak the shed is showing after heavy rain. It is where the original concrete path was outside the shed, so drainage off the wall at that point has an opportunity to get confused. I have a diamond blade for my angle grinder, so sometime really soon I will rectify that problem!

This is pretty much all that is left of the old shed – lots of twisted metal. Looks like there is another tip trip!

At least we are getting there faster!

Shed Upgrade part XIX

It’s been a big ANZAC Day, and although I wasn’t doing the traditional ANZAC Day BBQ, I was doing plenty of “Shed Time”! I would have posted this earlier, but I was just a wee bit tired after about 9 hours solid work out there today. For some jobs it is quite a bit harder being only one person so it all takes that extra bit longer.

I had a bit of a deadline today – the weather has been fine for a couple of weeks, but according to the Bureau of Meteorology, it was meant to rain at 6pm or so, and so the pressure was on to get the shed to a watertight state.

Of course, they got it a bit wrong, and it started arriving by about 3pm, but it was initially light, and I was pretty much ready. Still, I was getting little puffs of water from the final few shots with the nailgun as I tacked the final wall panels into position!

So, the obligatory photos:

The weather started off perfectly for the day, and in fact the changing weather was perfect as well (if nothing else, providing the impetus to get the job progressed!) Once the heat had a chance to dry the roof off, I ran a length of aluminium tape along the ridgeline to seal the centreline of the roof (the tape has a sticky rubber backing and is a form of flashing. I have been using small squares of it to cover any holes in the walls and roof panels) I will still be using the ridge cap as seen here (although not yet secured), but this was to stop any water that got blown up under the cap.

Getting the side walls closed in was really good – the shed quickly looked a lot more finished when that job was done! It took a bit of work, getting the panels cut to the required length and angle, but I think it all came out pretty well.

A final shot looking out from the inside through the front wall. It raises the question of whether I would consider fitting windows at a later stage. Perhaps – the jury is out at this stage.

It’s really looking like a shed again, here with all the noggins in place, and some cross bracing for the front walls ready for the panels to be added. Note the sky is changing….. the rain is definitely on its way. Of course the sky has looked like that for much of the week with DSE doing a fuel reduction burnoff in the State’s forests – there has been an inversion layer over Melbourne for the week, trapping the smoke so each day the amount of smoke has been getting worse and worse. Hopefully with the change in weather that will all dissipate as well.

Light has gone, time has run out, and the rain has arrived. Good thing the shed was ready! There is still plenty to be done – all finishing jobs (and of course the minor matter of the door!) The capping has to be secured, guttering done, and why it turned out to be convenient that the rain arrived a little early – it gave me the first indications of how watertight the shed was. There is one leak under the wall – not unexpected, but I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t! Nothing a little sealant, and guttering won’t fix. Certainly the shed remained a lot drier than the earlier version!

The ‘door’. There have been plenty of different ideas provided by visitors to this site – thanks for them all! They included sliding doors, sliding aluminium doors, a vertically hinged door, and there is still the option of the traditionally hinged door. Not sure which way it will go in the end. I’m most tempted by a sliding door, but that will require some significant track which I haven’t found as yet. The cost may be prohibitive as well – hinges are a LOT cheaper!

Shed Part XVIII

Not the most productive of weekends, but still progress was made.

Finally, we have a roof. Not quite finished – the capping iron still needs securing, but that is about it. It is really looking like a shed again. Once the wall cladding is finished, (and some doors made), then the basics will be complete. It’s going to take an age to get everything working just like I want, but that’s all polish.

At one end of the shed (the less protected end), there was a bit much tin left over. Rather than cut the tin down, I decided I’d rather fold it, which has the added benefit of providing a bit of extra rain protection. To fold the sheet, I came up with this simple setup. 2 Superjaws, and 2 lengths of 150×25 timber to sandwich the tin. Clamps to also pull it together tighter, then a light workout with a sledgehammer onto a bit of scrap 2×4 to create the fold.

Formed a pretty reasonable fold for a make-shift sheet folder!

A bit of waterproofing – some bitumen covered aluminium cored paper that I’ve used both around the roof line, and also around the base, effectively causing any water running down the wall to pass over the edge of the concrete slab.

Another shot of the roof structure.

Shed Part XVII

Yup, another progress set – hope these are not too boring!

Nothing much has happened since the last update, so these are just a few photos of where I got to at the end of the day (Wednesday).

Makes it actually look worse than it is – at least the groundsheets/tarps provide reasonable coverage!

Bit of a roof detail shot.  The marks on the tin are tar from whatever the previous role the sheeting was for (given its original length (8m), it is likely to have been wall or roofing of a factory type building.  Seemed a shame to have had it cut down in size, but I wouldn’t have gotten it home, and I don’t have a yard big enough to fit a shed that size!

FWIW, the entire shed upgrade is currently costing around $700, including the slab.  It probably would have cost around $1000 – $1100 (OZ dollars) if I had done it from scratch rather than upsizing the existing shed and reusing materials.  Still, compare that to the $6000 – $10000 if I had bought a commercial version.  So there is a lot more labour involved in this one, but it’s a pleasure to do – labour of love to coin a phrase.

Still, a lot of ‘stuff’ in the way.  As soon as I can move it, and get the shed watertight, I can get the new tablesaw in.  Hard to be patient, but the job is better when done right.  I’ve had to compromise a lot to save money, but I don’t think the shed is worse for it, just doesn’t have nice steel beams etc.  On the other hand, she’s sturdy, and I still have plenty of options for stiffening the structure.

And the headroom….I walk around and around, simply for the pleasure of not having to duck!!!!

Shed Upgrade – pt XVI

Dang, but this is a big project! Yesterday was my final day with the voluntary (coerced) help of my folks before they headed back to NZ (to recover!) We didn’t get as far as we would have liked, but pretty much broke the back of the project.

The day consisted of loosing tools, finding tools, repairing tools and using tools (kind of poetic). I think a couple of my clamps are still up the tree where they were tossed in disgust. A good clamp is invaluable, a bad one……..

It was roof day, and although I still needed tarps at the end of the day (still have 1/2 a roof to go), the shed is finally starting to look like one again.

The ridgeboard in place, supported by some U shaped wood clamps (made on the bandsaw). They are mainly to help at this stage, but will be left there permanently to transfer load to the stringers.

All the trusses in place, ready for the roofing tin.

Place panel, drill, screw, rinse and repeat!

We have a partial roof!

As always, there is no photo from the end of the day – I was too buggered, and there wasn’t any light anyway.

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