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

November 11, 2019 Shop Log

Another piece of equipment on wheels

While browsing my email, I saw that Woot was offering a mobile tool base, so I bought one for the drill press. It arrived today and was immediately installed.

I also installed some utility hooks along the length of MakerCave near the ceiling for quick and easy cable management (extension and network cords).

November 10, 2019 Shop Log

I hired one of McKenzie’s classmates, David, to help me move MakerCave. I remember helping my godfather in eighth grade help build an second floor addition to his home and how much I learned during that time. I wanted to provide the same opportunity to someone as my godfather had done for me.

One of the things I wanted in the new MakerCave was to get as much on wheels as possible. This included the vinyl cutter work space. I asked David to install work table casters on the work table.

I also wanted to consolidate the two work tables into one and was able to achieve that with folding shelves. The cutter was mounted onto a folding shelf on the end of the layout table. I also move the vinyl roll holder to the bottom of the folding shelf to conserve space.

It folded out of the way nicely.

Then I mounted my 58″ paper cutter to the side of the table.

It also folded out of the way as nicely as the cutter.

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out, freely up some much needed floor space. It will allow me to move the vinyl cutting work space out of the way as I work on other things.