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So Where Do You Do Yours Then (Model making That Is)

Where do you do yours then?  

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  1. 1. Where do you do yours then?

    • On the kitchen table.
    • On the living room table.
    • Other living area facility.
    • In the basement.
    • In the attic.
    • In the garage.
    • In a workshop.
    • In the patio (yes, I've seen it before).
    • Other...

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4 hours ago, John Allen said:

Well fess up one move one wife one truck?

I did say that I was going to move everything in one truck didn't I.... We sometime are a little hasty with the original plan, Yesterday we cleaned up all the stuff left over from the huge garage sale and all the stuff that didn't sell is now off to the Take it or leave it shed at the local waste transfer station or the Goodwill store.


The large dusty full size bandsaw and Table saw will move to the double car garage (they are on wheels) so will be able to be moved out of the way until needed. Having a bit of time is allowing me to think hard about what I want to have in the new clean shop environment. The Mill and Lathe will be set up in the clean shop. The one new criteria for any storage is [no open storage shelving] The space where the drawers were in the pine cabinet will become a couple of large drawers for small power tools that are not used very often.


With some of the proceeds from the sale I picked up a Veritas Foreplane to compliment my jack and block planes. I will be using it today on the new end tables for the new living room.



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More storage drawers have been moved in, I have chosen not to have open shelves for the metal and wood in the model workroom, all material will be cut to length to fit in drawers or cupboards. The longest material that will be stored in the model workroom will be 36 inches. I have added a tall glass door cabinet in NW corner to house some models that I enjoy having on display.





The wall that is next to the house has no plugs so this wall will basically house all the storage and small tools.




The SE corner will have the soldering station that uses gas of different types.




The distance between the north windows is only 30 inches and i wanted a small solid worktable that I can sit at for small constructions, Ikea had a good solid birch one that fit the bill. complimented it with a nice table lamp, and a reasonable chair. The cabinet above will house current small projects or partial parts and sections.






The space is looking smaller every time look at fitting in the next item from the old shop. It looks as though I will need to change some old work habits. Putting things away will become a necessary new habit. The old shop has been a luxury for sure.

The lathe will come next, that will also determine the locations of a few other things.



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5 hours ago, KeithAug said:

Is that a Mallard perched on top, Sir Nigel would be proud. And what's the fascination with all those busses.

Ah The secret is out! As a kid I used to collect bus numbers, similar to the train spotting that so many of us did in our schooldays. In 1960-1961 I saw every single London Trolleybus that was in the London Transport Fleet, and watched the first Routmaster leave Park Royal. The single deck country Bedfords are iconic of earlier times, and the liveries were elegant and not cluttered with crass advertising in my view.

Now regarding Mallard..... The most beautiful steam locomotive ever to run on steel rails in my opinion (The J class of locomotives, in yacht parlance) The display case for the 00 gauge Mallard and the rake of teak coaches is still being designed and will have a prominent location in the new shop, the case will also have the Flying Scotsman

on a lower level. One of my favourite memories as a 12 year old, is standing on the turntable in Kings Cross Shed with 2 schoolmates  as an A4 trundled onto it as it was heading out for the station. (The turntable was filled so that the pit was not open more like a giant lazy Susan for safety) We were able to do things in those days that would be unheard of these days of electrification and security. I spent hours in Old Oak Common, and Willesden Sheds as well.




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3 hours ago, KeithAug said:

Both of them still run on special occasions.

Yes I read the recent news that Flying Scotsman needed some help climbing a slippery slope in Somerset.


I worked on stripping down the lathe a bit in preparation for a new bench and the move today.




I am going to use the old lathe Cabinet for the mill in the new shop.



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A bit more shuffling in the new workplace. 



I moved the two sets of pine drawers up to the north east corner. I have added a couple of drawer sets on each side of the birch worktable as well. The two cabinets were just about 1/2 inch higher that the table so I replaced the IKEA floor glides with some thicker ones and now the table is about a 1/16th higher so a longer piece can slide over top.  Added a dedicated shelf for the bound volumes of Model Engineer at the workbench.


I have now positioned the lathe with a new backboard that is going to double up as a display cabinet on the north side.




It is all a bit tighter than in the old shop but it is coming together nicely. I have started to take the big mill apart in order to move it (700 lbs) I will need a bit of help with the base part though.


The new workplace feels pretty luxurious at the moment, Judy is keeping an eye on the progress.




That's all for now.





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Michael - Good so far but the questions are:-


Can you share a better picture of what I think is a home made carriage stop on the Myford?


What is the switch you have bolted on to the top of belt cover on the Myford?


I can't read the titles of the books on the shelf - you show me yours and I'll show you mine.


I see you haven't sorted out the camouflage floor yet.


The workshop is however looking just the job.

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Hi  Keith. here are a few pictures of the carriage stop.

the stop operates with the forward and backward brass stops in the main square block to give 2 positions and the unit on the carriage end is for adding one of 6 different slips which are miked to 1/4 inch increments from 1  inch to 2 1/2 which gives a lot of combinations.








The switch on the top is the original rotary forward and reverse switch that came with the lathe, I have got used to having it up on top.


The books on the shelf are some bound volumes of Model Engineer from 1972, 1973, 1974, then 1980,1981,1982, 1983, I cannot remember why the remaining1970,s are not included, maybe I let the subscription lax.


The floor sweeps nicely...



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Becoming slowly envious of your new workshop - spacious and well-organised - and aesthetic.


On my side all work has ground to a halt as I am trying to cope with the influx of my father's tools (and other memorabilia and household goods) after I had to clear-out my parents' house in preparation for its sale. Definitely need more workshop space than my 36 or so square feet. The Myford makes me drool ...

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Keith thanks for the pic of your bookcase, my collection is much smaller.


yesterday and this morning I spent about 8 hours moving the mill from Seba to the new shop. I had already disassembled the mill,about 3 hours to do that.


I started at 3:30pm and loaded all the parts into the trailer, then using the rolling scaffold as a dolly moved all the parts to the new shop from the trailer.





The next steps took from 6:30 to 9 pm




The pillar was bolted to the base so that I could tilt it over in order to slide the head back on.






The head was the single heaviest part probably in the 100lb range. after the head was on the pillar I cranked it as close to the base as possible then stood it back up. The slit it off the scaffold onto the fixed up milling bench.






Very tired but happy with the progress.


This morning another couple of hours saw the rest assembled.




because the new shop policy is to have most everything able to be put away I added some drawers to the base bench.




I have opted to leave the big rotary table off unless I really need it. I am going to add a simple easy  to remove guard for the belts rather than the big lid that came with the machine. The last task is to put a longer cord to the switch rather than use an extension cord.


The ship has also been moved to the new shop.






Now off to bed.




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Yes well done Michael, an old fiddle is still capable of a good tune. Its a nice robust looking mill. I assume the floor is solid under the wooden floor boards. Is the workshop sat on concrete base or are you expecting to find it in the basement one morning.

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Good morning Kieth, the floor is a subfloor over the old concrete garage floor. It feels very solid not bouncy at all.

I am getting close to having everything in the shop now that will stay. Dusty tools are on wheels in the garage. Now I am in the middle of a minor renovation in the house. I removed a couple of walls and am merging some oak hardwood into the places where the old walls sat. and insetting some floor tile at the front entrance.


I will add a couple of pics in `We are Moving`thread later.



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Things are getting much tighter now, crunch time to get everything moved from the old shop/house. I am going to require some creative arranging now to get things fully integrated.












The pictures give a sense of the organized chaos that needs to be dealt with.



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That's quite a collection of mighty fine stuff from your old homestead. You just may be the one who solves the age old riddle of how to put 20 pounds of items into an eighteen pound sack.

Although I am almost certain there are benevolent modelers on this forum who would be glad to help you out by storing some of these articles for you in their man caves (or she caves as the case may be). :cheers: 

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I took a break from moving stuff to the city and spent a good deal of time reorganizing the model workshop. I started by moving the diamond stone to the cabinet behind the mill and moving the granite surface plate to the end of the lathe and swi




Initially I had the stone set up facing the lathe, but being right handed it was awkward, so flipped it the other way.




There was enough space just over 7 feet to set up the pilot cutter, I needed to lower the topmast to clear the ceiling, this will give me the opportunity to install the proper hardware to lower it with the rigging. This was done in very heavy weather so will add a nice complexity to the lines coming down the mast. It was nice to take the time this morning to get the mast back up.




Next I had room now to move the two cabinets from each side of the mill and set them beside the rolling trolley that the cutter is now on.




Finally I was able to hang up some of my favourite pictures, and the half model of the cat boat.




and not the least my A4 pulling out of Kings Cross




Now back to Dry walling in the house.







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