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Re: Small workshop

Postby Andyp » 15 May 2019, 13:19

It does looks good, you wont regret taking the time to paint it now. It will be impossible when you have "moved" in.
is there any point in finessing those areas under and behind work benches etc?
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Re: Small workshop

Postby MY63 » 15 May 2019, 15:14

Yes Andy I have been thinking that. At first I was not planning on painting under bench height at all but I am pleased that I did.
I am going to buy 2.5l of paint in a suitable colour and give the upper part another coat.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby Malc2098 » 15 May 2019, 20:17

MY63 wrote:Thanks Malcolm you are right it feels different already I think I might add a final coat of paint with the roller. I mixed the paint by eye so it is three or four different shades so I am thinking of investing in a custom mix of grey paint from a local supplier.
I am going to start running wires today I need to work out how I am going to get the wires under the window.



I brought my armoured cable in under then eaves to a consumer unit just inside the door, which means I can switch most circuits off as I leave the 'shop and lock it up. As the hole through the walls is underneath the eaves, it is fairly safe from weather getting in.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby Mike G » 15 May 2019, 21:12

It's looking better and better, Michael. Can't wait to see your kit in there and some work happening at your bench.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby MY63 » 16 May 2019, 11:29

Thanks Malcolm as far as I understand there will box a box on the outside with the cable passing through a gland which is tightened around the cable. It makes sense to tuck it under the eaves for extra protection I will do that.
My brother is a retired electrian and is telling me how to install the cables his son in law is still working as an electrician and he is going to do the connecting. I had not realised that I could save lots of cable by going all the way around in one go rather than having a cable returning to the board. So I have had to make trunking around the window. I did not want to go under the window as it would cause issues with the work bench.

Image2019-05-16_11-04-55 by my0771, on Flickr

I have followed the edge of the window edge trim of course it means more painting so I went to the big orange store where they had 17 different Dulux grey paints my wife helped me to choose polished pebble as the colour closest to that I had mixed.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby Malc2098 » 16 May 2019, 12:10

I did the same and trunked over the doors in my shop.

My sparks used the box for the armoured cable where it left the house, but we routed it up the corner of the workshop to the eaves, along the eaves and the curvature of the cable just allowed us to get the cable through the wall downwards from the eaves and then it was peeled back etc inside the workshop and into the CU. Looks very neat and discrete.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby MY63 » 16 May 2019, 20:55

Mike G wrote:It's looking better and better, Michael. Can't wait to see your kit in there and some work happening at your bench.


Thanks Mike I have been thinking about work benches the MFT style top is going to have a torsion style box below it, mainly to catch things that fall through the holes.
The bench below will have 100mm legs with mortice and tennon supports. all other benches are going to be 100mm legs with more mortice and tenon joints.

Thanks again Malcolmyour advice has been spot on so far so I am going to ask my brother if we can end the armoured cable where it enters the house although I have lots of cable it is quite difficult to manage indoors swapping to 2.5mm twin and earth would be much easier to manage. Our house was built in the 1930s and the bricks have a black centre and are very hard a very large drill is required to drill through them. I was not looking forward to drilling a 20mm hole through them.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby MY63 » 16 May 2019, 21:05

I forgot to share todays pictures of the finished painting the colour is quite similar to that I had mixed previously. I bought 5 liters and used maybe one so I have another tin to put in the cupboard :D

Image2019-05-16_08-30-02 by my0771, on Flickr

Image2019-05-16_08-30-21 by my0771, on Flickr

I decided not to re paint the lower half.

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Re: Small workshop

Postby Malc2098 » 16 May 2019, 21:08

Cracking job!

Time to get power and fitting out!
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Re: Small workshop

Postby Malc2098 » 18 May 2019, 20:13

BTW, I've sent you a PM for some specialist advice.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby MY63 » 18 May 2019, 21:06

Thanks as ever Malcolm I have replied to your message.

Should I be thinking about dust extraction before I start fitting out it might be easier to add pipes now rather than later.
I should have mentioned I have two bench top sanders and a bandsaw oh and a plunge saw also used for wood and leather which is as bad as wood for breathing in.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby Malc2098 » 18 May 2019, 22:05

I have two means of extraction. One is a huge one that gulps up the shavings from the planer and the dust from the table and band saws via a 100mm pipe.

The other is the Aldi wet/dry vac that I plug the smaller tools into when I'm using them. It automatically switches on when I switch the tool on. That one sits in and under the new bench, so it it mobile whenever I move the bench on its casters.

I would think you need to decide if you need heavy duty and medium duty extractors, and do you want to plumb the workshop or plug in when you need to.
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Re: Small workshop

Postby MY63 » 19 May 2019, 11:47

I don’t think I need chip extraction mainly dust I have read enough to totally confuse myself.
I was thinking of having the bandsaw and sanding machines next to each other on castors but I am questioning this idea. The bandsaw came with a heavy metal base to keep it steady I was going to wrap it in plywood and add castors. Using french cleats to keep it in place.
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