Looking beyond the new shop

I am loving my new shop already, even though it isn’t quite done yet. It has been a significant expense to take care of this year though. It has seriously delayed the purchase of a new vehicle that I will need soon. Fifteen years old and some mechanical issues doesn’t bode well long term.

It also means that there have been some tool upgrades that haven’t happened either. I’m very happy with what I have, but there are some tools that were never meant to be permanent pieces that I have been considering replacements for. There are tools to be replaced, and some small holes in my arsenal that I hope to fill. I’ve done this sort of thing before on other occasions when content is low, and with the attic insulation on hold while I take care of a couple household chores, I figure I’d fill some space again while I watch the World Series.

Table Saw. I have a Delta 36-725 that I’m very happy with, outside of dust collection. The saw isn’t closed up, so there’s quite a bit that falls out the bottom thanks to the shroud around the blade. I’m hoping to modify the base so that I can close off the rear port and collect dust closer to the floor. I have no plans to upgrade to another 110v saw. I will save my upgrade for a 220v SawStop if I am ever in that position. I suppose at some point I could buy the 100v SawStop, but I’d rather not.

Routers. I am pleased with my two Festool handheld routers, and my Triton 3.25HP in the table. I do hope for a bit of an upgrade to the table, with a new top and an insert upgrade to Incra. If that includes an upgrade to a lift as well, so be it. I do need to replace my Ryobi battery-operated trim router. Or at least relegate that to needs that don’t have a power supply. Looking at getting the 611PK Dewalt that I briefly had before I returned. Long story. And while I’d like to grab a OF2200 for those beast mode handheld needs, I really don’t need it.

Bandsaw. My Harbor Freight version, even with the riser, is not a serious tool. It works well enough to keep its place, but no more. I see the Laguna 14 series bandsaws in the shops from time to time and they look really nice. I want something that can handle resawing, for as much as 110v will allow. Something with quick release tension, a better dust collection port, and much better QA. This is my priority as far as major tools go.

Planer. I love my Dewalt 735. I may upgrade to a spiral head at some point, but that’s it. I don’t see me getting anything else unless this breaks or I move to more of a production-style shop where I need 15″ capacity.

Jointer. I’m not real pleased with the jointer, mainly for how much room it takes up. I also will need to dial it in very well before I use it next, to make sure the tables aren’t warped. I kept having just a little bit of issue getting boards straight before, but it could be that things moved on me. If the tool itself is solid, then it can stick around. I would like more capacity, but I’m sure that will have to wait for a bigger shop. I’ll try to make this work.

Miter Saw. I do like my Hitachi C12RSH, but can’t help but feel it is not doing me any favors. Dust collection is horrific, and I’m not convinced of the accuracy. This is another tool that needs to make sure is dialed in, and if it’s something where I have to dial it in each time I switch angles I will replace it. Likely with a Festool Kapex, even though I’m aware of the motor issues.

WorkbenchI will be upgrading my bench at some point in the next few years, to one with a harder, more durable wood. I will also incorporate storage features and finally get a face vise in the deal.

Drill Press. I have no complaints about my floor model Ridgid DP1500. I see no real reason to upgrade.

Dust Collection. This is my big upgrade for 2017. I went from the vac and a separator to a 2HP (claimed) extractor upstairs. I will make some mods to it over time, but this is what I wanted.

Air Compressor. I may upgrade this to a larger unit, I may not. Now that the compressor is upstairs and I’ve addressed almost all the leak points, the unit doesn’t cut on near as much. I may need more capacity if I go with a cheap HVLP instead of a turbine, but for most of what I do it should be fine. Will know more once the ceiling is closed up and I see how loud it still is.

Hand Tools. Easily the category that can land me in big trouble, there is so much of what I have that I want to upgrade. I want to replace all my planes with Veritas ones. I need a couple of spokeshaves and cabinet scrapers. I could write a whole article about this one, and might. So, to be continued elsewhere…

Power Hand Tools. Thankfully this list isn’t as long as the one above, but it’s pretty expensive for the things I do want to fill in. My oscillating tool could use an upgrade at some point, perhaps to a Fein. I need a rotary sander, and that will likely be the Rotex RO150. The cordless TS55 would be great to have if a truck isn’t an option soon, but otherwise I’m good there. I think at some point the bigger Domino will have to join the DF500 in my collection, because I want to build stuff like bed frames. The Festool rails aren’t really in this section, but I do need the long one to rip sheet goods with. I’d like to upgrade my rough cut circular saw to something better, perhaps cordless, to replace the two I have now. Perhaps that’s a job for the Festool dealer as well. One other sander is on my radar, the RTS. So perhaps five more systainers at the outside most to account for.

Workshop. You may have heard this is being taken care of already.



The New Shop – Warm it up Chris

I’m about to.

Well, I’m in the process of doing that. I have good insulation in the floor and the walls, and now it’s the ceiling’s turn. I still have that gap between the walls and roof on the sides of the building, and putting up insulation will be a good first step.

I bought two rolls of R-19 2×6 insulation, sized to fit within my 16″OC cavities. Working with the rolls was a little bit of a pain at times, but with the help of the hammer stapler. There’s really not much to say about what happened with the insulation, except that I tried to fill the gap at the sides as best I could by cutting the pieces longer. With the extra bag of the R-19 batts I bought for the floor on hand, I was able to supplement what the two rolls didn’t cover. I still have at least three batts on hand that I’m not sure I’m going to do with except throw away.

So, the ceiling is done except for one little space above the air cleaner that I didn’t staple in because of the dust hose. Lowe’s also had a sale on roll R-13 this weekend, so I bought six rolls for the attic. I still have four batts of R-13 left from the walls that will help supplement, so I may be able to return a roll. We’ll see. I have the rafters to fill, plus the ends, which will need cavities created there.

I’m not sure if I will get insulation done in the attic or I will get the ceiling up first. Putting in the attic stairs will do a lot to keep the lower floor warmer by eliminating the giant hole. The heater is struggling trying to heat both floors when so much heat can still escape through the attic.

Bench Shavings – 10/27/17

In Memoriam – Steven Michael Leonard – 1948-2017

My wife lost her dad last weekend. It wasn’t something completely unexpected with his health issues, but it was a sudden turn for the worse and it happened rather quickly. He was a good man, and we had a good relationship. I will have to do something in his memory soon, and I have something in mind. It will be something I put quite a bit of thought and love into, and will work to minimize my mistakes on as much as humanly possible. I’ll have something on that project after it is done.

All I can do for my wife, kids, and mother-in-law right now is be there for them, and that has included some little things around her house. I replaced a couple outlet boxes and outlets in the kitchen right before it was tiled. I replaced another outlet in a hallway. I also replaced a light sensor, and tidied up the fit of an overhead light. Just little things off lists, things I’m very happy to help out with regardless, but even more so now.

As for the shop, it isn’t so much of old shop and new shop anymore, but the shop. I am completely up and running as a functional workspace, and it is mostly about getting the last little things out of the old space so that we can do something with it and the other construction debris. A rack of hammers and Kreg face clamps, some mallets, some odds and ends in a wall cabinet, and a few other miscellaneous things and we’re all set. The scrap wood is going upstairs as well, but not until I get attic stairs in place. I don’t feel like carting hardwood up a ladder multiple times.

It’s scheduled to rain tomorrow, which means I tried to take some precautions today for what is now the worst leak source – the doors. I installed a PVC trim board above the doors as the first part of the planned trim. I installed with construction adhesive and 18ga 1″ nails. I also used caulk on the upper edge to try and keep too much water from getting behind it. I also bought a smaller piece, that I put a 1/8″ kerf in the bottom with the table saw. I then cut the parallel sides to that kerf at 15 degrees to make a parallelogram. I installed this on top of the original trim piece to serve as a drip cap, in exactly the same manner. The theory is that any water that comes down the side of the building will hit the top of the wide trim, and come over the front of it and hit this drip cap. It will then come over the front of that and dribble down to the point I created with the angled rip cut. Any water that doesn’t want to drip off at the lowest point will be intercepted about 3/8″ back with that kerf cut I made. If I did my adhesive and caulking correctly, no water should run down the side of the building and wick back into the doorway now. I will of course evaluate that statement with tomorrow’s rainfall. I will also have pictures on the next post.

I bought a rubber work floor mat, designed to alleviate pain, to put under my air compressor to dull vibrations a bit. I also bought a swivel connector for the drain hole so I didn’t have to prop it up higher to clear the straight fitting. These two things took my compressor from the loudest thing on the planet to something a bit more manageable. I think I can quiet it down even further by adding insulation and a cover to the ceiling, which may get started this weekend. I also need to put attic stairs in to close that massive hole in the ceiling.

The insulation should also help close up the gap between the exterior sides and the roof, at least until I can actually close it up with trim of some sort. The ceiling insulation will help close it up, and the roof insulation will do that too. Lowes has a sale on the latter that I may go after a bit early to save some cash on. The real big expense coming up is the roof, but there’s no avoiding that. I’ll be making a list soon of every single thing there is left to do to call this project complete, plus some upgrades and such I hope to make with tools and etc. Look for that perhaps as soon as this weekend.

It’s been a long week, that’s all I have for today. Hopefully I can be around and in good health to share more tomorrow. That’s all anyone can ask for, because nothing in this life is a given. Every day is a blessing.

A Quick Shop Tour

Took some pics for someone to show off my equipment, so I figured I’d take you through the shop as it is today.

 Above the door I have my 1900 and LR-32 Festool rails.

 Right at the entrance to the right is my Delta 36-725 table saw,  Craftsman jointer, and Craftsman hollow chisel mortiser.

 Further anti-clockwise around the shop is my router table with a Triton TRA001 3.25HP router, the Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, Hitachi C12RSH miter saw, and underneath that is a Dewalt 735x planer.

 Here is the left side of the miter saw station housing all my Festools and other systainer storage. Up top are open cabinets for misc storage. The ladder is temporary access to the attic where my Harbor Freight dust collector and air compressor live on switched circuits.

 This is my Holtzapffel/Schwarz fir workbench with a little bit of storage, plus my hand tools and such.

 The MFT plays a big role in my shop, as does the CT Midi powering the Festools and other small power tools. The TV and computer also get heavy use.

The new clamp rack watches over my Harbor Freight bandsaw and Ridgid drill press. A fire extinguisher hides behind the tool box, and a first aid kit is always at the ready.

The New Shop – Little by Little

The first project in the shop is done – The Stacked Clamp Rack – and I can continue to do all the little tedious things that lead toward the shop being done.

The clamp rack being installed was an obvious step, because the parallel clamps were a big piece outstanding to move over. Plus, it allowed me to confirm the drill press and bandsaw would fit in their spots. Not only did the parallel clamps find a home, but the Bessey squeeze clamps, the cheap squeeze clamps, the 90 degree clamps all did as well. I also brought over the F-clamps and their rack to install under it. It’s actually a parallel clamp rack that I grew out of.

I also then had room for the first aid kit, which is always either near or on the door.

I decided I could bring over the remaining portion of the old chaos wall and if I raised it up, could attach to the other upper miter saw storage cabinets. It leaves room for my extra systainer, which is now a personal protection holder.

I’m pretty sure I will redo the entire miter saw station and storage at some point, but this should actually work for awhile, as long as I use the storage effectively.

I got the air cleaner up in about the spot I want, subject to change when the ceiling goes in. This left room for the air hose reel to go up in a spot where I could reach it without moving the table saw. To allow for the air compressor to go upstairs, I had to remove the stock drain valve and I’m using an air hose extension to come down to the first level. I have a ball valve on he end of the hose to easily drain the moisture.

The remaining things to bring over to the new shop is pretty low at this point, and it’s all little things. Hammers, pliers, stuff like that. Things I’m trying to nail down exactly where they should go before I start putting holes in the wall.

As far as the shop itself, there are some bigger things to do. Felt and shingle the roof, finish the exterior panels and trim. Insulate the ceiling and attic. We had another rain event on Monday; hard, heavy rain. The temporary drip edges I put in place did very well, but more rain is coming through the doors. I did discover a fix that I hope to have in place before it rains again.

I (at least temporarily) put up the finish cabinet above the workbench, and I can’t say I’m in love with where it is. I may put it above the miter saw instead, but there might be a clearance issue with the lights until the ceiling gets installed. I also hung the Festool rails above the door.

The Stacked Clamp Rack

A project absolutely vital to my new shop is a new clamp rack. The one I have now takes up way too much room along the wall in the old shop, and I can’t duplicate that. I have a space in my new shop next to the door that is approximately three feet wide, and would be a perfect spot.

Here is the current clamp rack, which has the clamps oriented in a single depth and a long distance across the wall.

Here is the plan for the new rack, which turns the clamps sideways, separates the clamp faces, and stacks them for saving space.

I’ll be able to store more clamps in three feet of space than I could in just under six, although they will stick out from the wall a bit more. Because of this, the construction needs to be stout.

I started by seeing if I had enough scrap to get this done. I have quite a bit of smaller pieces, but only two big pieces, one of which is being used on my wood rack. The big pieces don’t always match the construction of the little pieces, either being different grades of plywood or different ply. I wanted this project to not just be thrown together with mismatched materials if I could help it, probably being something I would have up on my wall for years to come.

I had a big piece of ply behind my band saw where the old shop is rotting, so it had some water damage, but I could get the piece I needed out of it. I used the table saw to rip it to 13″, and the MFT and Festool TS55 to cross cut it to 33″. This was the first time I had used these tools in the new shop, and made sure they were set up properly. The cuts were dead bang on both measurements, which made me very happy. I cut all the parts to size using these two tools.

With all the square parts cut, I moved on to the angled relief cuts on the ends and supports. I really just picked the middle of the parts on the render to cut the corner, so I had to give it a bit more thought in real life. I went with a six inch base for the triangle in both directions, and simply connected the points to make the hypotenuse. I set up my miter saw to 45 and made the cut on the line for all five supports and the two ends.

To give a little bit easier time inserting the clamps into the rack, I marked out a quarter circle on each of the supports and sanded to the line with the Ridgid oscillating spindle sander. With the dust extractor, I was able to capture much more dust than I have in the past. I simply set the sander up on the router table and did the task there. It was surprisingly hassle-free. I did get a little carried away and sanded a corner where I shouldn’t have, but that’s okay, and is on the far end where I won’t see it clearly.

I decided for simple screw and butt joint construction here, even though it’s going to be carrying quite a bit of weight. I used plenty of screws on all the weight-bearing loads, and nice long screws into the studs.

The old clamp racks were five feet long combined on the wall, and could hold 30 parallel clamps. This one is less than three feet long, and can handle 30-35 clamps, and fits in much better in the flow of this shop. This is a project that was crucial to the space I made available in the shop, and should serve me well. If for some reason I need to build another one, it would be a simple and cheap process. I’m very happy with this, and it was a good way to break in the new shop and test how everything is going to work.

The New Shop – The Big Addition, the little details, and everything in between

In the midst a trying time for our family, we are attempting to keep the other parts of our lives going. For me, that’s continuing to put work into the shop when feasible. So, steady on.

I was up early this morning and needed something quiet to do. So, I moved the chisel and rasp racks over and mounted on the wall under the hand plane till. This will work just fine until I get a hand tool cabinet going. I used the drill press to drill a new hole for the marking gauge. And yes, it’s quite remarkable that I can use a level in here. Never done it in the shop.

I also installed my straight edge on the wall, but honestly I don’t know if I’m that thrilled with the location.

Then, I put a new battery in my clock and hung it above the TV. Can’t have the shop up and running without that gift from my children.

It was about time to start making things for the new shop, but I had no dust extraction. I could have brought over my vac and separator, but that would eat into my floor space as I didn’t account for it in the new layout. I found a 20% off coupon for Harbor Freight, and decided I would make a purchase I’ve been waiting on for many years – the HF dust extractor.

This is something I’ve been planning on for years, and it factored heavily into the design of the workshop. While I will enjoy the storage capability of the attic, it was put in primarily to house the air compressor and extractor. It is the reason I put in switched outlets up there. It is the reason I went with a gambrel roof. It is the reason I will put in regular attic stairs.

So, I went ahead and bought it. I had been worried about if it would draw too many amps, but apparently at some point recently they changed specifications and the new motor (maybe) draws 15A vs 20A. It’s also now grey instead of green. To test if it would immediately trip the circuit, I took everything out of the box downstairs and hooked the motor up. The lights dimmed momentarily, but no issues. So, it went upstairs for assembly.

I knew when I built the shop that upstairs might not be quite tall enough, and I was right. Even when eliminating the wheels on the stock assembly. The filter bag is a bit squashed, but does work. It is fully controlled by the second light switch. I will at some point modify the assembly for better suction and better space.

I stopped at Rockler to get an expandable hose for temporary use. It expands all the way up to 14 feet, which is way more than I’ll ever need in my shop. I will probably keep it hooked up to use for vacuuming the floor instead of doing a floor sweep. Anyway, I didn’t get the right size adapter really, but was able to hook up to the table saw anyway. It’s plenty powerful for my use. I will have to set up lines coming down on each side of the shop to capture from all the machines and do it neatly. I’ll also have to purchase some adapters for tool use. I will probably use the expandable hose for the planer and jointer, considering they can both take the full 4″ inlet.

With the dust extractor installed (basically), I turned my attention to fabrication. I had tested the extraction on the table saw, and the offcut I made was pretty much perfect to use as a shelf for my computer. I crosscut it down to the right length, put a couple pocket holes in it, and screwed into the wall behind the monitor. Now the computer is hidden, and I just need to secure the cables and hide them.

(Which I did Monday afternoon while replacing the drilled outlet)

I also cleaned up some of the scrap T1-11 siding so I could finish the wall coverings. The dust collection here wasn’t quite as good, but then again I also have to get the above-table extraction going as well. Not quite sure how I’ll tackle that one. I also need to close in the bottom of the saw somehow.

On Sunday, I honestly didn’t get a lot done and I’m not entirely sure why. I did some testing with the dust extractor on the router table, and it’s great if the fence captures the bit. Will have to install a port in the router cavity and have a dual extraction like I need to on the table saw. Honestly, that might be something to have combined in some sort of way – one hose for the RT fence and saw guard, and the other for the back of the table saw (or under) and the RT base. No real need for four hoses here.

I did just remember that it was my mom’s birthday and we did visit some plus I made dinner, so that explains a lack of progress.

I had a few minutes out there Monday afternoon, so I got the wires and outlet taken care of, and started to work on on the clamp rack, which I’ll post later. I have now realized that I need adequate adapters for the tools, and perhaps to secure them better.

The New Shop – Initial Thoughts, Things to Do

A random scattering of impressions after only a day or so of all the tools being in the shop.

I wish I could have made it bigger, but know I couldn’t have. It was so much more spacious without the tools in, obviously. But my new layout should work pretty well with leaving the lathe, vacuum, and wood storage out. I can move the router table between the bench and systainer wall. I can access the full length of the workbench, including the tail vise.

The floor is level, which is so huge. None of the drawers I have fly open or closed. The router table doesn’t wander off. I should have room to move things around as needed as well. I love having more windows for light and breeze.

I do have some projects on my agenda now already though. The water entry at the door made it swell a little and I need to adjust the fit again, as I can’t use the deadbolt. The floor looks awful from the wet dirt, and will need another sand. I need to put in insulation and the ceiling so the lights can be raised and air cleaner installed. The roof still needs to be addressed of course. The attic stairs need to go in, and the attic insulated. The outside panels need to be installed.

The hand tool cabinet is now a thing again, as I have more height and width to work with. That’s a fairly involved project, and I’ll need to get my machines dialed in again. I’ll need to build a new miter saw station at some point, with more spots for systainers/drawers. I’ll want actual cabinets up on that wall to better store some things, plus a dust hood for the miter saw. Again, more room above to work with. I think I may switch to a conventional planer stand, but we’ll see. I’d like to make an MFT syscart. I’d like one day to upgrade my workbench to perhaps a shaker style.

I need better storage for little things, like my Incra rules, my tape measures, my hammers, and pliers.

I’m very happy so far though, and it will be fun trying new things out. I’ll also have some long term projects like to build a deck out front and a replacement shed – to hold the wood and outdoor tools.

The New Shop – Moving On Up

If you start a ball rolling down hill, it may start slowly, but it will continually pick up momentum and start travelling at great speed. Much like the shop move has been to this point.

With the drill press, band saw, and jointer moved over, it was time to start thinking about the big stuff. I thought for sure I was going to need to schedule a helping hand, but decided to start seeing what I could do regardless.

The left wall was the obvious place to start, as it needed to be done before the table saw and router table. I needed to clear out the upper part of storage first, so here is that done. I moved that piece over to the new shop and cleared out the counter and moved all the systainers over.

The bottom part of this is very heavy. I had my doubts I could get it done, but with some trial and error with the hand truck, I was able to get it done. I put one end of it on the lip of a standing hand truck, then went to the other side and leveraged the weight to tip the hand truck back slightly and use it like another walking human. Here it is tipped up and into the shop ready to come back horizontal.

Side note, there are a ton of spiders and spider egg sacs I’m finding underneath stuff, so I’m trying to be good and clean them off so I can be a bit more alone in the new shop. I got the bottom and top back in place, and at least the systainers in place. I’m filling the top back up as I go.

The whole thing needs to be rebuilt, but I’ll address that in a different post about all the things I’m finding. In that void above in the old shop, this is what was here, the mortiser and the miter saw vac.

The vac won’t be needed in the new shop (I don’t think) and the mortiser will find some sort of new home eventually. It may go back in that little space for the time being though.

The planer coming over was easy, thanks to two fixed wheels.

Then  it was time for the workbench. This was the one I was worried about, but some tests showed I could lift it adequately, so if I could put down scrap plywood or OSB across the dirt between the shops, I could at least get it to that point.

Here it is in the new shop, in its new layout. I finally gain unfettered access to the entire front and the tail vise. No more moving the router table out of the way to get a drawer open or access the socket case. Getting it lifted up into the shop was fairly easy all things considered. There would be tougher challenges to come.

The table saw joins the proceedings…

…however I’m stymied again by the very poor design of this jointer. It takes up room in all the wrong places. This means the table saw sticks out into the walkway about six inches or more than I planned.

I didn’t take any pictures of the router table or miter saw coming over, but the router table was a royal pain in the ass. If the band saw didn’t fall on me, it would have been the worst. The independent wheels made it move all over the place, and the drawers kept flying open on the sloped yard. Getting it up into the shop also required to make another ramp, but this time I didn’t get on it and it worked okay. The miter saw was brought over and I measured the heights at which the supports were attached to the wall. Unfortunately they were the exact height of the protective plates over the wires. Boo. But thanks to those plates, I didn’t screw into the wires within the studs or anywhere else at about that height.

About this time I took a picture of the old shop.

I can’t guarantee the camera here is perfectly level, but it does show just how bad things had gotten with the level. The shop is high at the door side and low at the back side as pictured. The left side of the shop is also lower than the right, so everything drifted toward that corner where the wood is right now. I’m so happy I have a level shop for the first time.

Here’s this pic again. Almost that entire back wall is open for storage use, and I will have to figure out ideas of what to put there. Because the wall wood rack isn’t being stored in here (at least on the ground floor), it opened up a little bit of room to work with. I did bring the plane till over tonight, and I already know I’ll be building a true hand tool cabinet at some point soon.

This is higher up on the wall than it was in the old shop, but I still have more room above to put something. Such is the advantage of eight foot ceilings vs seven foot. It’s 136 cubic feet more in the same footprint.

The next couple of days will see me bringing over more small things that can go in existing storage, plus probably the other half of the miter saw station. Up next on the site will be a first thoughts on the new shop thread, plus a sign-off list of things I think I’ll need to do or address in the first six months or so.




The New Shop – Walls in, transition begins

That escalated quickly.

Before I could even publish a post about a transition plan, I started the transition. Things are moving fast, and I have to be careful of not letting it go too fast, or I could get into trouble. Like I did tonight.

Over the last couple of days I worked when I could and got the remaining insulation in. Over the door was the last spot, and had to remove the panel on the left of the door to make sure I shoved some insulation in one little spot.

I also mixed in the remaining panel installation as well. For the most part, the panels weren’t that big of a deal. The holes for the outlets were a pain, and more than once I screwed up and made them too big. Particularly on the wall in the above pic, the switches and junction boxes. I had to buy oversize plates to cover my mistakes, and the double switch plate I bought barely does that.

The part here above the door is the last bit of wall to go up. On the panels with the windows, I drilled a hole big enough for the router bit to fit in, and used the OF1400 to flush trim it out Made a gigantic mess, but did the job very well.

The plan was to make a clamp rack before bringing anything over, but of course I got excited and jumped the gun a bit. I borrowed a hand truck and hooked up the drill press. I had a little bit of a scare at the end of the old shop ramp when it shifted a bit, but otherwise it wasn’t an issue. I made a temporary ramp out of dimensional lumber and 3/4″ OSB, and it came up that fine.  The bandsaw was a different story. More secure coming out of the old shop, disaster struck trying to come up the temp ramp. The OSB shifted and slipped with my weight, and I fell. The bandsaw started coming down on top of me, but somehow I was able to keep it off me. I am stronger than I look, which saved my butt big time. I was able to get the saw back up vertically and then stand up myself. I then ditched the ramp and used the leverage of the hand truck to get it into the entrance. I legitimately almost hurt myself very badly, and the only thing I came away with was a bit of a charley horse.

With the spacing pretty much set, I could bring over the MFT clamp rack.

The last thing for the evening was the jointer.

Before I started moving everything over I did do quite a lot of sweeping and picking up getting ready. Before I move anything else I’ll put the remaining insulation up for storage in the attic. I also do want to get on that clamp rack so I can see just how much room I have between the bandsaw and drill press and MFT. It was so nice just actually plugging these tools in vs trying to run extension cords and power strips. The time and money I spent putting the outlets in is going to pay off a thousand-fold. I’m so happy thus far.

Over the next little bit it is going to be a move-in process. Make a clamp rack, move the workbench and hand tools over, move the miter saw and systainer wall, move the router table and table saw. I’m so, so excited about the next few steps. I’ll have to rebuild the miter saw wall at some point, but not for a bit.

The old shop is already starting to look empty.