5 6 7 8
Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/10/19 11:15 a.m.

She's having a ball helping me and running power tools. Momma is camping with the other scout leaders this weekend, so its been the two of us. Pizza, Cheetos, rock and roll, etc.

We took a break to come to mom and dads for sunday dinner. Then finish the cleat wall!

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/10/19 2:33 p.m.

quits for today. But the cleat wall system is DONE.

 

lotta cleaning and stuff to do before and after work this week. I do have obe cut cleat to do, one to remove. Then conduit and boxesto hang.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/11/19 9:52 a.m.

With the shop also being my office, its amazing how much it being dirty and disorganized bothers me. To the point of distraction from work. 

Not cool, me. Not cool.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/11/19 11:32 a.m.

used 10 minutes of lunch to make my first task specific hangar.

I think I'm going to like this stuff 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/12/19 8:34 a.m.

Every 3 feet of wall is plenty of outlets, right? Seems luke overkill, but after having a total of 4 outlets for the whole shop all thesr years.....

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/14/19 7:08 a.m.

Let there be light 

Mad_Ratel
Mad_Ratel Dork
11/14/19 8:51 a.m.

I cannot get that foam under the house out of my head.  That has to help insulate it from the "crawl" space. 

 

 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/14/19 9:00 a.m.

Above the thermoply is a screendoor type mesh, then insulation. 

It CAN'T hurt. Dunno how much it helps, so i can't say wether its worth it or not. 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/15/19 1:26 p.m.

getting closer to done with rennovation/electrical, then onto cleaning/organization.

Hopefully by the end of the weekend, there will be a clean and finished post.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/16/19 6:06 p.m.

So, long time since this thread has had a legitimate, comprehensive, budget included updated.

 

I have to admit, ive lost track of the budget over the years. No idea anymore. With that being said, im still a cheap man, so dont expect anything to have been high dollar. Except the plywood. Ive learned to start paying retail for good plywood. Not the hardwood, super cabinet grade stuff, but flat, smooth construction grade plywood.

 

Anyway, for the last couple of years, the shop has generally looked like this:

20190903_085029 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

dirty, cluttered, packed full of useless crap, and worked in.

somewhere along the way I redid half the floor with armstrong tile:

20190102_153631 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20190102_105249 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20190104_085303 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

I started a cleat wall 3.5 wide cleats, spaces 3 inches apart

20190109_090024 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20190110_112239 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

swapped all the lights to T8 LED setup

20190109_090032 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

that brings us up to a few weeks ago. When the shop really started pissing me off. I couldn't find anything, and couldn't work on the broken miata because of too much stuff in the way, too much out of place, etc.

 

so, the obvious step came first. Back the truck up, and start hauling off crap. 4 truckloads later, I felt better. The county dump was a nice place to visit, and I did bring back some “nice” kennedy toolboxes. Kept the red one, sent the top box back.

20190925_080502 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

once I could move again, I decided to finally do the electrical I had been planning for the last decade or so. I wanted to add more wall outlets, and lights up in cold storage. Seemed like the time to do it. 141 in materials at lowes later, as well as raiding dads leftovers from the rental houses, we got to work.

 

Now, I had never done home electrical before this. At all. So I called in dad to help me not burn the joint down. We started in cold storage.

20191109_104942 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

we added 4 lights, a switch, and a constant hot outlet for a foundation vent fan. Now that its lit up there, I can begin to purge more. And get that humongous pile of neon parts organized before tearing the ACR apart for the rotisserie.

20191114_080156 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191114_080204 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191114_080142 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

flush with that success, my daughter and I finished the cleat wall.

20191110_083951 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191110_145537 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191110_145942 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

dad and I then went after adding outlets. We put one every three feet on every wall, as well as FINALLY wired the compressor in properly (no more extension cord!!!)

20191113_074305 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191112_152858 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191112_132759 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

so, when all the wiring was done, the shop looked like this. Bad, even by my standards....

20191111_104406 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

so, I went ahead and did some cleaning. Scrubbed the toolbox even!

20191116_124720 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

after a LOT of hors of cleaning, purging, putting away, vacuuming walls and cobwebs, sweeping, scrubbing, etc, im finally happy with it again.

20191116_160852 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191116_160857 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191116_160902 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191116_160905 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

 

next up is fixing the mutant miata (broken diff, need to swap the oil pan on the v6, and add AC), and getting darth nader in there to get it steering, stopping, and running. Then the rotisserie resto of the ACR neon.....)

20191116_162444 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20191030_162811 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

Norma66-Brent
Norma66-Brent Reader
11/16/19 6:17 p.m.

Great progress! Gets me motivated to get my garage in order!

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
11/16/19 9:19 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Do you use that bandsaw for metal and, if so, what’s your blade speed and how did you slow it down?

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/17/19 4:38 a.m.

I use it for wood, plastic, and aluminium. Very coarse 1 inch blade (8-12tpi) and whatever speed craftsman of the 80s set ut to.

That being said, its a belt drive. I COULD monkeyberkeley with pulley ratios, or even add another pulley like the super slo drill press setups from the 50s....

Another option i have seen implemented is to swap the motor over to one from a treadmill. Those have a variable speed controller with them.

 

Dammit. Now i have another project. 

Mad_Ratel
Mad_Ratel Dork
11/17/19 7:00 a.m.

Progress looks great man. 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/17/19 9:28 a.m.

Thanks yall. Im REALLY happy with it. 

Today i swap to the kennedy drill press stand, and move nader in.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
11/17/19 10:43 a.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:

Another option i have seen implemented is to swap the motor over to one from a treadmill. Those have a variable speed controller with them.

 

Dammit. Now i have another project. 

Yep, I’m gonna get a similar saw and do the treadmill swap.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
11/17/19 11:05 a.m.
AngryCorvair said:
Dusterbd13-michael said:

Another option i have seen implemented is to swap the motor over to one from a treadmill. Those have a variable speed controller with them.

 

Dammit. Now i have another project. 

Yep, I’m gonna get a similar saw and do the treadmill swap.

Personally I'm keeping my eyes open for a cheap and E36 M3y girl to do the belt conversion on. Sad thing is I've had three of them already and never thought about it.

Started out to put away some hardware. Had to make cleats for bins for metric....

 

Still haven't put away hardware.....

 

 

However. The bandsaw corner is clean and tidy for the first time in YEARS. 

Drill press station cleaned. Lathe cleaned. Straight edges and squares have a home....

 

I did get a few cleats made though! And used them for cords, hoses, etc.

if.work is as dead today as i think it will be, im going to keep cleaning. One end to the other. 

preach (fs)
preach (fs) HalfDork
2/3/21 3:06 p.m.

Slow and steady. The 30 day challenge helped my shop a friggin ton. 

I finally got 2/3 of the hardware on my workbench sorted and put away. I have an amazing amount of metric now....

The goal for tonight is to finish the bench. Tomorrow sweep and mop. Then back to normal work! 

I love the French cleats. Sooo versatile. Even hung my cordless tool battery cargers on it!

Strike_Zero
Strike_Zero UltraDork
2/3/21 4:05 p.m.

Strong work! I like the tile on the floor. Interested in hearing how it holds up to garage shenanigans.

psteav (Forum Supporter)
psteav (Forum Supporter) Dork
2/3/21 6:27 p.m.

Inspiration for me to get off my butt...and the tile flooring is an interesting idea.  

With your cleat wall, how did you attach it to the cinderblock?  Just tapcon screws?  Do they seem to hold well?

I've got a concrete wall in my garage that I'm considering doing cleats on.

In reply to psteav (Forum Supporter) :

Tapcons every 12 inches or so. No sign of pullout or weakness. But my block is full of concrete,  so that may play a part. 

 

As far as vct: it doesn't hold up great. Consider it a wear item in a working shop. In a garage that doesn't see hard wrenching use, it would be perfect. But, not in my ise case. However,  the Armstrong stuff holds up reasonably well and im ok with the maintenance. 

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
2/3/21 7:12 p.m.

If your blocks are hollow, or spacing requires installing in wall voids, these things work great for high loads.  Available at all the big box stores.

 

In reply to Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) :

Im going to have to remember those 

5 6 7 8
Our Preferred Partners
dokqtTZNpMb7gcJKhv7T5bLeOoZ28QtECgtefgg2b3d1EAJ10ezq6DBvtMgdDz4o