I did not list the DC as in the top 3, because I got a DC from the
very beginning. I guess I take the DC for granted now, but there's a
BIG difference in sneezing/coughing if I forget to turn it on! The
cordless remote ON/OFF switch was an easy improvement.
On 06 Feb 2004 04:38:59 GMT, email@example.com (Rich Stern) wrote:
I'm with ya' brother!
Every once and a while, I pick up bottom sections with wheels from
Sears. Add a rubber or wood mat on top, and you have a great shop
assistant. The chests can roll righ to the tools and provide easy
access to router bits, saw jigs, measuring and marking tools, etc...
The most I've ever paid was $175, on sale, for an 8 drawer unit. I'm
up to 4 of them, with one top unit.
I hope you don't think I was knocking your tool boxes, as I certainly
wasn't! I was just bragging a bit. The important part is that the box
holds what it's supposed to and you are satisfied with it! Besides,
that Snap-on I have is a baby compared to my "train"!
www.bunchobikes.com/mac5.jpg Throw in a couple of cheapie Craftsman
for other uses and I'll have more boxes than I'll know what to do with
when I retire!!
flip up disk/belt sander and osilating sander, when down it is just the
miter station extension
heat and AC
lots of cabinets, a specific place for everything... well eventually, I
need 2 more cabinets.
my next 3; utility sink, real workbench, overhead air reel in the shop
and another in the garage.
Rich Stern wrote:
1) Rearranging my shop so the tablesaw was at the end and not in the middle
(gave me way more room).
2) Hung power cords across the ceiling and dropped down to tool areas (keeps
cables off the floor) -- I know, I know against code, but I have to build a
shed to put my outdoor crap in and then I can make my shop permanent -- I'll
run conduit at that point
3) Snagged a heavy duty table/cabinet with shelves underneath for free and
use it as my assembly table.
3a) Keep my shop clean. Now when I have 30-60 min to spare instead of
looking at a pile of tools everywhere and thinking "That'll take 30-40min
just to clean up and give me space to work" I just start working. Ahh...I
love it -- thanks for the advice Tom Plamman!
1) Better lighting through white painted walls/floor.
I can find dropped hardware and there is no concrete
dust in my lungs any more. Whew!
2) Assembly table with cabinet storage underneath.
I store all my abrasives (few), cleaners (many) and
cauls there. Te room in the middle will soon be an
additional pair of shelves. The 5" casters will roll
over a tuba fore if needed. I'll be redoing the side-
mounted clamp posts into a vertical clamp cart, also
on 5" casters. (Side mounting made the cart unstable.)
3) I'm in the process of building cabinets to store all
my tools to keep them in easy reach.
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Forget where I read it, perhaps Fine Woodworking, but someone gave a
tip that every time you enter your shop, put away 10 items. Takes
only a minute, and your shop becomes less cluttered very quickly. In
fact, sometimes it gets hard to find 10 items which are out of place.
1) Put the less used machinery on wheels - made room for more machines!
2) Cleaned it right to the corners! (4 yrs late)
3) Moved clamps/finishing/sanding supplies and equipment directly adjacent
to the assembly area, rather than the "efficient use of space" place that
they previously occupied.
4:) Moved most of my remodeling equipment/tools to a shed... who needs two
portable tablesaws (in addition to the 3 hp cabinet saw) in their shop
1. A space-saving tool cabinet that opens up. This organizes my hand
tools where I need them. Maybe not easy, but it was fun to build.
2. Installed 7 electical circuits (one circuit is 220v) with lots of
outlets. I put an outlet every 4 feet, plus a few about waist high
and overhead. Like clamps, you can't have too many outlets. No more
sanding and pulling the plug out!
3. Finishing the walls (drywall). I finished my walls just like it
was a living space, except I installed beefier baseboards to take the
abuse. Painted the trim and walls white. Makes cleanup easy and adds
My "shop" is my two-car garage, so every square inch is precious.
Best four improvements:
1. Wall-mounted lumber rack
2. Retractable power cord (overhead installation)
3. Putting bench saw, power mitre saw and router table on
4. Built large shelf unit (half of one wall) using 1" x 12"s.
(Holds lots of stuff)
The kids are at an age to where they need less of my attention and I can
get back to woodworking, so:
1) Move the bike hobby off to one corner of the shop. www.bunchobikes.com
2) Buy two tool boxes. ( Actually, one was a gift. ) A Snap-on for the
"mechanical" type of tools and a Craftsman for wood working tools
3) Addition of some new items. Mostly a Delta 6" jointer. Also a
sliding mill table to modify and improve the "drill press attachment"
Lights, outlets, benches and storage were the first things I created
years ago. I make my living as a mechanic and one thing I can't stand
is working with a drop light. So there are more flourescents than
anyone should be allowed to have!
Rich Stern wrote:
OOH OOH OOH. A Schwinn Stingray!
Man, I saved my paper route money for a long time to buy mine! Mine was red,
though. How I wish I would have tucked that away somewhere instead of
selling it when I started riding dirtbikes.
Mark, how much are those things worth these days?
A Fastback, like I have, in decent condition will hit $300. The earlier
the Stingrays, the more they will bring. An early 63-64 with a first
year only paint job brought $4000 on eBay recently. Krates will
regularly bring $800- $2000. These are averages.
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