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Old 10-19-14, 10:33 PM
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Moving Once Again

My life seems to be to build shop after shop as I move about this earth. Once more I felt that my next, maybe, 15 years were set. But I fell in love and now will move into what will be my 12+ place to build my frames.

Of course I have learned from my past shops what I want in a set up. Each time various aspects get up graded/improved. This time's challenge is the low height of the joists, glad I'm a short guy...

It will be a year plus before I'm through the move and build up process. I'll of course take photos and put them up on my flicker site.

And I was getting prepared to start up two touring bikes with 559 wheels and S7S couplers. Andy.
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Old 10-20-14, 04:07 AM
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I really would not be able to move, which is a whole other kind of trouble...
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Good luck with the move, hope you have some friends to help you out. I'll be watching for pics on your flicker site.

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I am about a year in on my only owned House and it has a basement suited to someone 6" shorter than I..

floor slab could be cut up and used to fill a retaining wall downslope, then dug out more , before re pouring another ..

may be less daunting if I had machine tools already . the dig out would seem more attractive with a 20 year younger me, with resources I've never had.
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I've only been building for about a year now and I can't even imagine moving. I only have a drill press, a bench and a slab of marble but still it would be very hard to find a place to replace what I currently have.

Good luck my friend and I will follow your progress with great interest!
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Old 10-31-14, 03:11 PM
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I thought I'd post a few shots of my packing up now that most all the stuff is in boxes. It's taken a couple of weeks working an hour or two every few nights and all day today to get this far. Having done this I've tried to label all the boxes, still expect to open up and not find stuff later I'll move out all the boxed up stuff and leave a token tool selection for later move. This way I can break down the benches and shelving and wire lights and plugs in the new house before unpacking all.

Boy, this is going to take a lot of beer to get done... Andy.
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"Boy, this is going to take a lot of beer to get done... Andy."

I help move for beer!
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We've finally closed on the house. Mother nature and the need to boilerplate the dots and crosses delayed the closing date a bit. Drove from the bank's lawyer's offices (and she is a good customer of mine, good Karma starting out) right to the house and started to deconstruct the basement. That took a couple of days of serious dust and effort, had to buy a new tool (a power multy tool to cut 2x4s nice and flush), a second good sign. After 8 bags of ex walls, some studs, an old kitchen counter with sink and a trip to the dump I was ready for the reconstruction to start. Painted the walls with DryLock and the floor with oil paint. That's still drying up, the cool temps are slowing it's hardening.

Photos- 0578- The West wall. You can see where I tore out an interior wall. The plumbing use to supply the sink/counter.
0570- NE wall- My small lathe, a belt sander and general precision tool bench goes here. This will be the "clean" end of the shop.
0572- All painted. When the floor dries (oil paint on a cold concrete floor...) I'll build a bike wrenching bench and hang a lot of peg board sheets. It looks like a blank canvas now...

I should gain a few more square feet and separate aspects of a shop from each other a bit better. My parts shelving is in another area all together, away from the dust. Andy.
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Old 12-09-14, 11:12 PM
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Sorry for the double posting of my photos... Andy
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Really looking good, wall removal is a huge improvement in usable space. Brian
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Indeed, looking rally nice. It's good to have a hook up for a shop sink too. I got to run up stairs to the kitchen whenever I need to wash anything. Don't think my wife appreciates the smell of Simplegreen in the sink.
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I do a lot of my work when the wife is out Andy.
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Another installment- We're moved in and finding all kinds of home issues, typical in a new to you home. But this thread is about my rebuilding the shop so here are the most recent shots of the progress. At this point much of the stuff has been moved into the basement. Shot 1 (0580) is of my long owned Atlas 6" lathe. Bought new and not used for a number of years. It will be nice to have it available again. Shot 2 (0581) is of my grinders and belt sander. They will be on the "dirty" side of this section of the shop. I've learned to try to separate clean and dirty areas best I can. Shot 3 (0582) is quite incomplete in how it will look when all is done. It will be the brazing area and also have the two work benches with their vices. The table on the left with the tool boxes is temporary. It's a 4'x8' sewing table w/ nook for the sewing machine. The old owners we bought from didn't know what it was. they moved it around over the 29 years they lived here. As much as having a large flat working surface is really nice this table will go, cut up and maybe saved for other projects. Shot 4 (0583) is of the recently built bench which will be for mechanical bike work. Where the stool and rag are will be where the repair stand sits. The rag is over some plumbing which will be moved and reattached to a flux washing sink.

Yesterday, but not yet photographed, I moved the milling machine, flat surface plate and stand, and the last work bench. Also delivered was 8 sheets of peg board, up from the 5 in the old house. Tonight I installed two sheets. It's good to have progress.

As soon as the old house is finally fully painted and cleaned (to go on the market in March) I'll be able to spend more time in the new shop. Even still it will be Fall before most all is done. I have more plans... Andy.
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Nice.

Your new place looks to have a bit more "girth," besides giving up a little head room.
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that's a nice workspace Andy.
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I was not going to loose floor space if I move! Being a short guy the overhead height isn't an issue although there will only be a couple of inches to spare above the drill press's raised belt cover. Today I discovered the slight water leak in one corner is more and a result of massive ice damming. This winter has had far more snow then last year. Tomorrow a contractor is coming by to help with the options to mitigate this. I only with the attic/eves has better access. Andy.
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It's nice to have space for a clean and dirty side. I share my small space with a washer, dryer and all the family bicycles. :'( I really like your belt sander. Giant motor on that thing. Your shop is really shaping up.
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It's interesting how the pace of projects can ebb and flow. Like time isn't consistent. Seems like forever to move and start the shop building. Then time quickened and peg board is being hooked and tools bolted in place. For tonight's pleasure are 5 shots.

#1 is the peg board being hung. Some of the 7+ sheets could be screwed directly to a wall or studs. But some needed a frame of 2x3s to mount to.

#2 has the peg boards painted, they really soaked up the primer! The boxes on the bench have the hundreds of hooks ready for tool hanging.

#3 shows two of my vices, a Rapid 125 and a Woden 86B5, bolted down. Being a short guy the benches are only about 28" tall.

#4 has the grinders, drill press and my lathe being mounted. I really wanted the drill press to go on the other side of the shop next to the tool boxes but the HAC ducts are too low for overhead clearance.

#5 has that all important requirement, the stereo. Right now it is playing the AHL game (Amerks VS Stars, we're loosing). It took some brain storming to come up with the hanging system. I wanted a quick and cheap method that could be easily changed as things evolved.

Next up will be hand tool hanging to empty out many of the moving boxes and setting up the repair stand by the mechanical bench. Maybe then I can cut down and toss the huge sewing table that many of the boxes are on/under. That will free up the space to establish the flat surface plate. A 20A outlets run, the lighting, exhaust fan and wash sink remain before the shop is pretty much done. Andy.
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So the new shop is done for now. Got the lights installed over the last few days, 13 double 4' T8s split between two switches. I like lots of even light. Most all my common tools are on the peg boards although no hooks are fully "plugged" into the board as I expect to fine tune the positions as I work with stuff for a while. I'll likely hang a couple of smaller sections of peg board over the next few months. But I can do pretty much all the mechanical bike work I'll need to do now. The surface plate and it's bench wait to be assembled. This will take some friends and beer... Over the summer the wash tub will get installed, and the hanging piping will get re routed opening up that space. The window will also get a vent fan before next fall's torch season.
First photo is of the frame building area, the open area will have a Park double arm stand which holds the HJ jig and other brazing projects. You can see the surface plate as well as the repair stand base plate leaning against the post. #2 is the usual mechanical service "bay". That stand's ply wood base is almost30 years old. #3 is showing the lathe (still to be mounted to it's bench) in the back round, the surface plate leaning against the bench which has my Campy kit on the lower shelf and the Kennedy boxes with mostly cutting and measuring tools in them. The last shot is of the dirty side of the shop. My drill bits are in the gray box next to the drill press and hand files are in the black box by the bench vises. Lug bending bars, braze on jigs and the HJ protractor are on the peg boards.

Hopefully by this time next year I'll have some frame building shots to share. But now I shift into the mechanical servicing season. Andy.
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Correction- " the surface plate leaning against the bench which" should read "the surface plate bench top leaning against the bench which". Andy.
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Now that is what I call a tinker box! You've been busy.
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So the new shop is done for now.
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Wow! Would sure love a tour of your shop some day.

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Looks great! Congrats, it's great to have a nice space to work in.
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