the all-seeingeyeJames McAllaster House: Basement Workroom-Machine Shop

Re-wiring and set up mostly complete.

May 23, 2008

Got the lathe part of the machine fully adjusted and running truer than before. Managed to get the mill up and operating better than it ever did before-I'll be writing a review of this feature of the machine soon-when the motor started to smoke. It's possible that I didn't get one of the connections in the very unimpressive junction box tight enough, but I suspect running the machine at full power and with a significant load probably ran too much current through the under-sized connectors.

May 4, 2008

The major equipment move is completed. A few evenings to set things up, and I'll be good to go.

January 28, 2008

The basement machine shop is almost done. Another couple coats of paint on the workbench and trim and I'll be moving tools into place. I'm not looking forward to dragging the quarter-ton lathe down the stairs. It'll be a bit of work breaking it down into manageable chunks.

Basement workroom under construction

January 22, 2008

Painting is well under way. It looks like I'll be moving my lathe and other metalworking operations into this room. The biggest problem with having them in the garage is the condensastion that collects on every large piece of metal whenever I run the heating system during the winter. The woodworking stuff generally comes up to temperature at about the same speed as the room. The metal working stuff is so much more massive that it lags behind by hours. The sawdust from the wood working side doesn't help matter either.

January 9, 2008

This room was meant to be a darkroom, but installing a sink proved to be a challenge. This low in the house would have needed a high capacity pumped system. In the time it took to figure out how to engineer such a system, technology passed it by. I've gone digital. So, the darkroom has been re-purposed as a general workroom.

Its darkroom ancestry shows in the position of the white light switch-6 feet off the floor, the switched ceiling outlets meant for safelights, and the positive pressure air system with outside exhaust.