Got busy in the shop yesterday, rearranging things, tossing out open base stand, moving the DC out of the way. Still more to go but this pix shows the progress.
All tools are now on cabinet stands with doors and on casters. This is so I can get under and around them to suck up the sawdust that hides behind the stands. The doors really help keeping the dust out of hiding places.
There is still more to do, including using the open space at the end of the shop to store flat goods. In the picture, that is the whole back wall. Starting from the left, the new Rikon 10 inch band saw, then the sander on a stand with all sanding material on it, then the Bosch 10 inch sliding miter, surrounded by a shower curtain to contain and collect sawdust into a box connected to the DC unit. Next is the HF 2hp DC unit, connected to a chip collector drum. The back wall, particularly up high, holds wide shelves for my various jigs and not so often used tools.
Behind the table saw there is a space sufficient to store flat goods. I will be setting up a slanted, flat backed stand to help keep this material flat. At present, they stand vertically, clampped together to help keep them flat, and blocking access to a long work bench and materials storage area with bins. Getting the flat goods out of there will open up the whole end of the shop. At some point, I will be enclosing the space under this bench to keep the sawdust out of there, which is impossible now.
Just to the right of the table saw is my router table, and out of sight, at the bottom of the picture is my workbench, which has a fold down back half for assembling larger items.
You get an idea of how bright the shop is now with all the LED lighting installed during 2016.
My other project in the works is a solar heater that will be mounted on the roof that will recirculate the air in the shop through a tube in a glass covered flat black box. I hope this will make the shop livable without running up the heating bill. It will have about 30 feet of 4 inch aluminum flex piping, painted black, with a small fan at the end to blow heated air into the shop through an insulated tube. The intake will come from the shop, probably from about waist height, through a filter of course, to reheat the same air. It will be a closed system with one way flap valves to keep hot summer air out. I will likely put a reflective cover on top during summer since this is a cold weather solution. If we had snow, I'd figure out a way to knock it off--that's for
. He might be able to use this by insulating the box with foam on the bottom and sides. Winter sun will still heat the air enough to make this work, but I'd make it much larger. Attached are a couple of pictures of solar heaters. Mine will be more like the second picture.
The best thing about rearranging the shop and tools is the increase in open space so I can move without impaling myself on some protruding tool.