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    Ten years ago when I decided to take up machining as a hobby, I partitioned off an eight foot x seven foot annex of my design office, hung a door on it, and placed my newly purchased lathe and mill and bandsaw in there and had tons of room. Each year the equipment and all it's peripherals have grown--and grown--and grown. The bandsaw was first to go--out to my main garage. Then I needed cupboards, and shelves, and cabinets. My recent purchase of expanding laps left me with a terrible problem. I had no room to store them anywhere.--But wait--What about the area above the top of the mill? It's free space. So, this morning I raised the head of the mill as high as it would go, then gave an inch of clearance, and made a bridge. Now my laps have a place to live. That top board on the bridge has a 5 degree slope towards the wall to keep things from vibrating off and falling on my head. I won't be putting anything heavy up there. My old head is bald as a cue ball, and shows all the knocks and dings too well.


    Brian Rupnow
    Design engineer
    Barrie, Ontario, Canada

  • #2
    Originally posted by brian Rupnow View Post
    ...when I decided to take up machining as a hobby, I partitioned off an eight foot x seven foot annex...
    About right for a small bathroom.
    12" x 35" Logan 2557V lathe
    Index "Super 55" mill
    18" Vectrax vertical bandsaw
    7" x 10" Vectrax mitering bandsaw
    24" State disc sander

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    • #3
      You stil got lots of room there.
      That shelf to left of the lathe, the long matrerial can all fit in a plastic pail, them square type they sel, dod0g biscuits in are space friendly. Unless you are lefthanded, I think a small narrow shelf , turned 90 degrees on either end of lathe would be roomier, Than where it is now.

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      • #4
        Time for a large out building.

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        • #5
          We get's creative when we runs out of room don't we? My brother and I are still running our business from a 2400 square ft. rental
          bay in a commercial building. With all the stuff we've accumulated over 40+ years it can get pretty crowded in there but we're
          working towards down-sizing to two home shops within the next year or so and that's gonna mean some serious purging--gonna be
          a lot of tears and agonizing over what to keep and what to get rid of. I'm sure we'll both be taking advantage of every nook and
          cranny in our respective shops...
          Keith
          __________________________
          Just one project too many--that's what finally got him...

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          • #6
            Store materials elsewhere... in garage along with the saw you use to cut the bulk material to the size you need.

            My main shop area is a shade larger.... it has lathe, 2 rollarounds, a 6 foot bench, arbor press, diamond hone, storage shelves and wall cabinet, plus a "wall-o-tools" hung up on pegboard, drill and cutter storage, some materials, and shelves of bools etc. Mill and 18" swing DP are in an "annex", a 3 1/2 x 5 foot area outside the main shop, which is in the old coal bin.

            It can get tight.

            If it were not for Youtube's new policy, you could still see the shop of the lady who made the pistol from scratch.... But I bet they shut her off. She has a shop likely smaller than either of ours.
            1601

            Keep eye on ball.
            Hashim Khan

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            • #7
              Up where Brian lives he probably would have rusty steel if stored in the garage just like I would here in Florida. All other metals must stay in the garage.

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              • #8
                No, not much humidity here. I've been here eighteen years, and I don't notice metal rusting in the garage.
                Brian Rupnow
                Design engineer
                Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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                • #9
                  Long shelf over window and along that lowered ceilng would add lots of space.

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                  • #10
                    Plenty of room above the window, and you could have a few toolboards on vertical hinges. Come on , you're not trying.

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                    • #11
                      I would kill for so much empty and extra space, lucky dog!
                      in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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                      • #12
                        Just one of your big mills takes up the space of Brian's shop (or maybe my main area). IIRC you have two of them??
                        1601

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                        Hashim Khan

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
                          Just one of your big mills takes up the space of Brian's shop (or maybe my main area). IIRC you have two of them??
                          three......but he has way more empty space lol. Its almost at the point of having to decide if I want to face left or right before I enter, if I want another tool its diet time.

                          I do like that layout Brian, it would sure be efficient, everything within a pivot and reach
                          Last edited by Mcgyver; 03-31-2018, 10:20 PM.
                          in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post
                            three......but he has way more empty space lol. Its almost at the point of having to decide if I want to face left or right before I enter, if I want another tool its diet time.

                            ...
                            hey, when you have big tools, you need the space to get big work into the shop..... and to allow full movement of the mill tables.....

                            You are right about the pivot and reach deal, I have that now, and if I change to any of the new layouts that seem to make sense, I will lose that. I need a new layout, I have to fit another lathe with a big base into the space that now has only the tools etc listed above in it.

                            Brian:

                            You need to use your Solidworks skills... Alibre is helpful for me.... I actually did the entire basement in a model, including the main shop, annex, plus electronics, woodshop and grinding shop. This is the latest version of the main plus annex in its revised form (same space, wall moved). But this is going to need work..... I forgot the overhead trolley from the door area to the bench, which means the tall red rollaround has to be elsewhere, maybe the drill press as well

                            Last edited by J Tiers; 03-31-2018, 10:25 PM.
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                            Hashim Khan

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                            • #15
                              There is still a little wall space for shelves. You have a big board with some T shaped tools, maybe allen wrenches. Find a more compact way of storing them and you can open up a little more wall space for shelves.

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