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A Tour of Steve Knight's Shop

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Well, time for the new shop tour.

I doubt it will be fully done for at least a month. I have to live in it and work out the kinks. Plus Bill Pentz is sending me a cyclone and I will need to change the dust collection setup.

Right now I only have one 120 box and one 240 box. I just got sheetrock this weekend.

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Okay, here is the temp. I have not seen it change by more then a degree or two and it has been as low as 45 outside since I moved in. The humidity stays a about 40%, although it can get to 50 depending on how often the tranny shop runs its steam cleaner. They finally vented it but some humidity still gets in. This may change when I have full walls. It has gotten as high as 65 on a real rainy day when several cars had been parked down there but it usually does not get that high. I may set up the dehumidifier to run on such days. But here in Portland the winter is the wet season.

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There is the junk corner with all the left over parts of the DC. Right now it's extra box storage and other things that have not found a home. I sure need some shelves back here. It's also the dry corner.

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This is my main work corner with the two carts to move things around. The bench is just to the right.

Hey I just got sheetrock over the weekend. It's the first time I've had a shop with sheetrock.

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This is the main bench. It seems smaller then my first but is not. The last was 6'x30" this one is 6'x2' and I have two of them. But I need to change my work habits. I used to do everything on the one bench. I need a couple more vises. You can see the little downdraft table and the jigs to cut the slots and drill the holes in the planes. That small piece of hose is hose that you can shape how you want it and it stays. I use it to catch the dust from routing the slots in the sides of the planes.

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This is the second bench and it will be the finishing bench. I will fit the planes together after they are built. This is the bench I have never had. I put threaded inserts into the top so I can a simple bench dog to hold wood for testing the planes on.

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This is my inflatable drum sander. It's great for the compound curves on my planes and for rounding corners.

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Here is my sharpening center. This I had thought about and got wise and lowered the bench to about 24" so the tools are about 32" high. A nice big tub for the Makita sharpeners and the Shapton hippo stones are sitting on a small surface plate. I need to put something on that wall so it does not get splashed. This is the entrance to my shop.

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This is my shipping bench. It will have bubble wrap dispensers and such soon.

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This is the other corner of the shop. The back bench will be the metal working bench. I will also store the plane blades there. For the first time I can access my 24x36" surface plate from all sides.

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This is the last wall of my shop. Right now it's just wood storage and the vacuum kiln. Also those wires coming out of the wall make great sanding belt holders (G) I got to find a use for the drain pipe.

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I see I forgot to take a picture of the middle of the shop where the power tools are. You don't see the mitersaw station with the router table. But that's about it. Here is an older picture.

Well I guess that's the end of the tour for now.

Regards, Steve

Posted 3 April 2003

 
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