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    Is it just me or does there never seem to be enough workbench space? This weekend I managed to scrounge a couple av carts and some steel shelving. For the first time in a long while I can actually work on my benches as of today, just tickled pink... No more heap of stuff. Would be interesting to see what some of you do for work space and how you manage it. Apparently I can’t help myself, more space more stuff.
    Cheers, Bob








  • #2
    And most important

    My new layout table.
    Cheers, Bob

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    • #3
      HA!!! In 2 months you'll fill up that space and be back to square one. You've been in my shop so you know how it works. There is a not well known law of physics that states a HSM type is not allowed to have empty space for very long, The second unknown law is that space in your wallet is very common.

      Pete

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      • #4
        Okay, I have to ask...What's the story on the kiddie-sized mule??

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        • #5
          Pete, do you suppose those two laws could be relative.........
          I built a 16' x 34" bench and it lasted about 3 months then turned into a heap. Interestingly enough though is that the heap seems to cycle itself as to what's on the top at any given time.
          One thing for sure tho is you always know where that __tool/thing__ you need is!! I am just recalling a recent visit from my son (he always thanks me for building "his" dream shop) and him asking "where's your drill index?" "It's on the bench" "Oh I see it, where's your... oh never mind I see it too"! LOL!
          I spent most of my money on women and booze, the rest I just wasted.

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          • #6
            Sorry, workbench space does not compute.

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            • #7
              I could have a work bench the size of a basketball court and have it cluttered in a week. Stuff and flat surfaces: I tend to inflict one on the other without regard for order or netness.

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              • #8
                Oh, yeah. My bench is usually so cluttered I look for another surface for a quick job. I came up with this "solution." I use these "Slim Jim" Rubbermaid wastebaskets in the shop, so I made some 18-gauge covers for 'em. Plop one on the top, and I have a bit of work space:




                When not in use, the "top" hangs on the inside of the container:


                It makes a handy dustpan, too.

                Unlike any other horizontal surface in my shop, this one is temporary, so I simply can't keep it jammed up with stuff.
                Cheers,

                Frank Ford
                HomeShopTech

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                • #9
                  Frank, I just got a new puppy/soon to be shop dog, Maybe I can teach him to eat the metal chips and convert it to "bar stock"

                  (For the few guy's here with no sense of humor I'm joking)

                  Pete

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                  • #10
                    I'm not going to show any pictures right now. Pete knows how it looks though. Suffice to say I like working on the floor after all those years with Xerox and never a workbench to use. I'm actually getting ahead a bit on the cleanup now that it's summer. I need room to work on winter projects.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Quetico Bob
                      My God, an SN50 with paint,
                      so that's what one looks like...............................

                      [edit] what's the bit on the left of the apron with the knob on it.
                      Not got that on mine.


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                      Last edited by John Stevenson; 06-29-2009, 07:51 PM.
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                      Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                      • #12
                        Had a recent phone call saying I’d have better luck inventing time travel. Hmm, I don’t give up that easy. I have assured myself, this time, it will remain in an orderly fashion. And with the help from Intel over several calls, it has to compute…doesn’t it??!

                        Started building the six wheeler for my son a few years ago, my own design and scratch built. Electric power, fwd/reverse, clutches for drive wheels (soft or hard ground ie kitchen floor ) blinking lights, horn, rack and pinion steering , dump box, the whole she-bang.
                        Having a problem with one of the drive gears right know, pressed to shaft but under high load (tight turn on dry) it slips a bit. Mind you that’s with Uncle Rob sitting on the crazy thing taking it for a spin and that’s a sight. Think I need to weld.

                        Frank, great minds think alike. This ones full of swarf, so is the other one at the tail end of the lathe. Cripes, just emptied them at Christmas. Swear this crap reproduces.



                        John, here we call them a 38EE cup, and they do look good in orange. The thingy on the left is what oils it, six positions, once per shift. Boy, you guys over there need to get out of the shop a little more often.

                        Cheers, Bob

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                        • #13
                          ?? No this thing in red.

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                          Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                          • #14
                            One can consider bench space to be a tool...a valuable tool..and the value is in how you use it.

                            So how much is it worth to you?

                            An empty bench is worth nothing...a full bench is worth what you have on it.

                            Sometimes my bench is clear and sometimes it is full...and the point is that its condition reflects the activity of my shop.

                            When your bench status doesn't change, you either have dead shop space being taken up by a big square object or a storage unit that is full.

                            But hey...it's your shop...your call.

                            TMT

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                            • #15
                              John,
                              Thought you were talking about the poster on the wall. Where is my mind.

                              It’s carriage lube, six positions, front- V way, rear-front V way, back way, left dove slide, right dove slide and gear box. Once per shift recommended. Operating usual on gear box (0 position). Pump runs off the apron drive, not the lead screw.

                              Wanted to reply to many a way lube post, but how do you compete with the proper way lube???? This calls for hydraulic oil in the apron and as its sumped from it, guess it’s the proper way lube. I use ESSO hydraul.

                              Cheers, Bob

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