Agreed. It would also be nice to find a smaller belt sander if
possible. It's pretty huge for what it is...
If there are not enough convenient power sockets in the workshop, then
I think we should, by all means, add more power sockets. Adding
sockets is easy ... though you should probably switch off the breaker
to do it, which is somewhat annoying in the LHS context -- though not
horribly if it's planned for first. Possibly we should make a
checklist for rebooting the various machines in the space -- it came
up the other day in the context of moving lovelace, as well.
-=- James Mastros / theorbtwo
The belt sander is very useful and we should keep it. Ideally it needs
to be connected to a water supply, which is useful not just for wet
sanding but also for dust control.
The forge should go, IMO. It's cool, but I don't think we can use it
in our current space. If we need one, having an electric blower is
more space-efficient and useful.
Access to power remains a problem, though. It's not a particularly good location for the belt sander anyway as the power comes from the etch tank extension which is a bit of a stretch.
We could really do with a bunch more sockets in there. Extensions should be for temporary use only, not strung all over the place for etch tank / minilathe / plllar drill (and it was me that installed at least one of those so I'm not pointing the finger).
Of course, I'm more than happy funding new sockets - it's infrastructure.
There isn't any space against the back wall of unit 23, with power or without. To put it against the back wall, we need to reduce the size of the wood pile, the bike parts, or move some of the storage shelves somewhere else.
Perhaps making a fixed "island" station for some of the new tools - sander and router table for example - with power descending from the ceiling would work.
There's also the view that we want to keep the woodworking and
metalworking equipment separate to reduce the amount of dust.
If we aren't going to put up any partitions, to what extent does mere
separation actually help in this regard? Even stuff on the other side
of the workshop gets absolutley covered in dust.
I agree with the idea of a central island with a faux-wall in the
middle, wall space definitely makes arranging things easier.