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Old 11-28-2013, 03:47 PM
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Default Showing off the new retirement workshop!

It's been a long three year period of work on the new house. Found some skeletons in the closet that resulted in some fairly major repairs and modifications to correct some issues. But I finally got caught up and the basement remodel into the dream workshop is all but done. Just a work island/balsa storage on wheels for the model area and a good solid workbench for the wood working area to be done at this point.

But this is about models and model building. So below you can see the model area with a downdraft sanding table at the end of the counter top. As well I've tossed in a couple of pictures of some free flight models I've done in the last couple of days. A catapult glider just as an excuse to really try the sanding table and the wing and stab for a 1950 Nostalgia model that I'm building to fly in an upcoming big Nostalgia meet at Lost Hills in California this coming February.

And yes, it really is as sweet as you think to work in an area this nice....

The sanding table is working out superbly. Under the pegboard top are three anti-allergen filters designed to block the smallest of pollen. An old furnace fan provides the air movement. While running there's a slight noise but it's not bad at all. And with this running I get NO dust back at me even if I hold the work up a foot or more from the table. The shot with the little catapult glider wing on the riser block was the acid test. The airfoil was shaped with a bunch of sanding that otherwise would have left me with a VERY itchy throat and nose for a good 15 minutes. Not one itch or sniffle with the table working..... I smiled for a long time after that....

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Old 11-29-2013, 11:30 AM
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Pay attention youngsters!~ THIS is the pay-off for working hard for years.
Remember you're still going to want to do things when you get older, so set aside while you are still young and be prepared!

Now that is a nice set-up! Congrats on having a great shop
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:15 AM
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.................But I finally got caught up and the basement remodel into the dream workshop is all but done..........
Very nice basement workshop !!!

Congratulations, BMatthews
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Very nice shop BMatthews, that gives me something to strive for, as soon as the kids move out that is

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Congradulations Bruce,

I will retire in January of 2014 and the Misses wants me to beuild a garage/workshop. She wants me out of the basement so when I use dope, it won't smell (I don't think it smells) up the house.

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Very nice workshop.
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Beautiful workshop. Well done and congratulations!
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Very jealous! Really nice!

Might I suggest full banks of under-cabinet lighting?

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Already on it Dave. Got LED strip lighting and power supplies coming via Ebay. Cheap and VERY effective. I just use a bit of L channel in front of the stuck on lighting strip to avoid being blinded by the side glare.
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An excellent layout and very nicely done ..... enjoy to the max.
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Wait until you see the work island on retractable wheels to fit into the open area and allow for 360 access. The island will be set up with 38 inch wide drawers with separators suitable for storing my balsa and most of my model size plywood as well as music wire and other 3 foot stock items.

But first I'm trying to crank out 3 1/2 free flight models for a big Old Timer and Nostalgia contest at Lost Hills this coming February.
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Awesome shop. Enjoy it and your retirement.
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Oh I am. It's already been a pure pleasure to build what you see in the pictures in such a setting. Lots of light, warmth and music playing.

And once I get to where I remember where I put all the stuff in the drawers and cupboards it'll be even better because it won't take me three or four tries to find the stuff....
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