November 29, 2019 Shop Log

On Wednesday, I moved my air compressor from old MakerCave to new MakerCave. I attached my air hose and tools directly to the tank, eliminating the need for the accompanying table I made to these items.

I also converted the compressor from 120 volts to 240 volts. At 120 volts, the air compressor draws over 19 amps, essentially requiring a dedicated circuit, which I don’t have such a luxury. However, at 240 volts, the draw was reduced down to just over 9 amps.

I also added a neutral wire to the outlets off the MakerCave sub panel in order to convert the 240 volt service into two 120 volt circuits.

November 25, 2019 Shop Log

I moved McKenzie’s Jedi shrine from the old bedroom to her new bedroom. During the transport, the plastic brackets I made to hold her lightsaber upright. Luckily, I had the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter set up and was able to quickly make replacements.

The storage brackets I ordered from Amazon arrived today. These brackets are designed for kitchen appliances, just as mixers, to be easily stored under cabinets. I mocked one up to see how it worked. Eventually, I will mount my bench grinder on these brackets.

Also from Amazon came my Keychron K2 Wireless Keyboard. What a great mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting.

I continued to install wall organization, such as pegboard and bins.

I started to unpack and organize tools. Router bits next to the router table…

November 24, 2019 Shop Log

The couple of days I have been plugging away at organizing MakerCave:

I installed shelving from the garage at the old house.

I wanted shelving high, above the my rolling carts, so equipment could be tucked tight against the wall when not used.

I mounted my spray paint can holders, but I needed more storage…

So I started printing some more brackets.

I also mounted one of my bench vises onto a flip-top tabletop of my other conveyor roller table.

November 17, 2019 Shop Log

Last night I picked up a gate latch from Home Depot, and it worked perfectly in holding the flip-top table for the miter saw tight against the side of the conveyor roller table.

Then I built material supports for the miter saw.

And they worked out well.

Overall, I am pleased with the way this storage method turned out.

With the miter saw out of the way, I worked on the bench top jointer next.

Everything is neat and tucked away.

I was able to move out the saw stand and one of the miter saw material support tables, and the other will go as soon as I can clear it off.

November 16, 2019 Shop Log

I put the FSL Muse Laser Cutter and Engraver to work after the installing the new exhaust vent. Jill want to create something for a party contest, something pumpkin-themed. I obliged.

I created a serving tray for Jill’s pumpkin muffins.

I continued to work on consolidating equipment. I followed up on something I saw on YouTube regarding flip-top power tool storage. After proof of concept, I was ready to implement.

If I were able to integrate my miter saw into one of my conveyor roller tables, then I would be able to eliminate the need for the two feed tables and saw stand.

I just have to install a gate latch to keep the flip-top tight to the side of the conveyor roller table when the saw is stowed.

I will eventually store the following in the same manner:

  • Bench jointer
  • Mini lathe
  • Metal miter saw
  • Bench grinder
  • Bench vise