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    I spent the weekend cleaning and refirbishing the shop and made some useful improvements. My favorite is the pneumatic hose reel.....WOW....what a cool idea. I can't tell you how many times that dang hose was in my way all twisted up on the floor. The scrap shelf was oh-so-sorely needed as everything was usually leaning against the wall in some corner or another. Overall....I had a great weekend....how about you guys???

    Best Regards,
    Zeno
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    That hose reel is a good idea. I have been trying to think of a way to keep that air hose organized too. My compressor is located in a far corner of my shop. I could plumb a ridgid pipe from my compressor to the center of the shop and hang a hose reel from the ceiling. Thanks for the idea.

    Tom

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    • #3
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      Not a bad weekend at all. My sister moved Mom up to VA from FL and the wife and I went down to assist with the apartment. All went well and some family irritations were not evident - all got along really well. Hopefully, the past is past and we have 'fair weather and good roads' from now on. BTW, Zeno, after the hose reel you'll find a DC will change the world of woodworking for you, too (I don't recall if you already hae one). I didn't think I really needed one but got it for the health of it. It's soooo much nicer.

      Later,
      Chiz
      Later,
      Chiz
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      • #4
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        I'm a bit jealous Zeno. I had good intentions, but never made it. Spent all of my weekend leading a team upgrading 4,000 + servers in preperation for some last minute DST changes and patches that came out. But hopefully that is all fine now and I can spend some afternoons this week recovering from working nine 22 hour days in a row and finish up my electrical in the shop and move on to building a new bench.
        Still enjoying all 10 fingers!

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by wwsmith View Post
          Iworking nine 22 hour days in a row

          holy crap where is the job safety in that and not saying you are not safe but i would not want to drive near you or even work close to you. between being in a grumpy mood and possibly dosing off while driving, but what i really want to know if something would have happen who would have been held responsible?? i sure hope it would not have been you but sadly it more than likely would have been. ww smith please don't take me personally. i just can't believe that companies make employees to do this. i can understand one maybe even two days like this but 9 in a row is absurd. so i have to say you are a better man than me.
          9/11/01, never forget.

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          • #6
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            OSC, you are correct. It was absurd, but many of our jobs counted on meeting a deadline so I took on the effort in full force. On the plus side I actually work from my home so no worries on driving. Just needed to worry about getting up and down the stairs from my basement office. On the down side I am looking forward to getting out of the house now so getting my butt in the shop may be a challenge, but at least it won't be sitting in front of a computer and I will actually be using my hands so it will still be a good change. And it offers me a good chance to bond with my son again as he loves to help me with tools and I enjoy spending the time with him and teaching him these things. 3 years old and he can name more tools in the shop than my wife!
            Still enjoying all 10 fingers!

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by ironhat View Post
              BTW, Zeno, after the hose reel you'll find a DC will change the world of woodworking for you, too (I don't recall if you already hae one). I didn't think I really needed one but got it for the health of it. It's soooo much nicer.

              Ironhat....you are quite correct. I have been looking into a DC system for the past month or so. My tax return should cover the cost of the system nicely. I just dread installing all the pipe.......

              Best Regards,
              Z
              “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.” —Thomas Carlyle

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Tom W View Post
                That hose reel is a good idea. I have been trying to think of a way to keep that air hose organized too. My compressor is located in a far corner of my shop. I could plumb a ridgid pipe from my compressor to the center of the shop and hang a hose reel from the ceiling. Thanks for the idea.

                Tom
                MAXTool has the 50' reel for $59.00 (+ shipping) which is a pretty good price. Lowes also carries the same one.
                “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.” —Thomas Carlyle

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                • #9
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                  Hose reels are great! Couldn't live without mine. Got it from CostCo a couple years ago.

                  Here's my measure of a good weekend. I had to empty my 20 gallon shop vac 5 times! (I guess I should just buy a decent DC...) In any case, lots of sawdust therapy going on in my garage this weekend.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by zenophus View Post
                    Ironhat....you are quite correct. I have been looking into a DC system for the past month or so. My tax return should cover the cost of the system nicely. I just dread installing all the pipe.......

                    Best Regards,
                    Z

                    That very issue had my DC sitting in the box for over a month. I finally bit the bullet and laid it out on the floor and made some connections - all without glue and started using it. Then I graduated to putting the pipe on the wall about a foot off the floor but still not glued. I put it there so that it was the same level as the DC inlet and there would be less effort to overcome gravity. My next move is going to be to elevate the DC and raise the piping and, finally, screw together instead of glue it. The pip lies along the same wall where I want to build a long CMS/ RAS table and I don't want the pipe buried in or behind the cabinet. Otherwise I would leave it the way it is. I guess my message is, "Don't get hung up on the plumbing. Just do something and expect to make changes as your plan develops".

                    Good luck!
                    Chiz
                    Later,
                    Chiz
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                    • #11
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                      Ironhat,

                      I am finding that the pipe is going to cost more than the dang DC unit....I probably will have to CLEAR OUT the shop to get around everything safely so I'll wait 'till the summer.

                      I calculated that I will need 84 feet of pipe to circumnavigate the entire shop (including drops). will a 1200 cfm unit do the trick you think?

                      Z
                      “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.” —Thomas Carlyle

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                      • #12
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                        There's quite a bit of info on this in the search engine but, in short, that's a lot of footage for your DC. Check http://www.pennstateind.com/store/ductwork.html for some layout tools.
                        Later,
                        Chiz
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                        • #13
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                          I did some cleaning of my "garage" as well and I mounted the hose reel that I received as a x-mas gift too, right above my compressor.
                          How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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                          • #14
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                            I've spent some time improving my router table this weekend. I purchased the top and extension wings from Rockler and made the base entirely out of scrap material (ply and maple). I was a little worried about stability with the casters on my WILDLY out of level garage floor, but was pleasently surprised that it took only a single shim to make it rock-solid. The only thing left is to install 2 drawers in the bottom.

                            I have had the parts for about 4 months, but needed to router some 8-foot boards for custom crown moulding and the extensions made a HUGE difference!

                            Best Regards, All

                            Zeno
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                            “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.” —Thomas Carlyle

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                            • #15
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                              Very nice router table. BTW, if you haven't checked out the pennstate.com site yet you won't need to circumnavigate the shop. You can save on ducting by running the main trunk down the middle or diagonally from a corner. This also saves on the static load on the machine but by the sounds of your shop the 1200 cfm unit won't cut it for you.

                              Again, nice table.
                              Chiz
                              Later,
                              Chiz
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