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    Working ON My Lathe Workstation

    As most of you know, I like to fiddle with stuff, I have a streak of "Bodger" in me, as my Grandfather used to say

    I spend a lot of time at the lathe.......... OK, maybe TOO much time, but that is a topic for another thread

    The faster/easier I can get things done, the better. A LONG time ago, I worked in a steel fabrication shop, Northside Steel, in my hometown, and I had a boss there named Dan. Dan was a great boss, worked you hard, but he also taught, all the time, everyday, all day. We built a lot of things there in that factory, and most of them required lots of parts, that had to be cut, etc, often by the thousands. He taught us all how to work efficiently, using our brains instead of our backs. I have to say, this has stuck with me (thanks Dan!) so at my lathe, workstation, I've been trying hard to make the space more efficient, and easier to use.

    I moved my lathe into it's present spot a while back, and I built the one cabinet for it, but I needed some "on the wall" tool storage, and now I have some.

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    I thin I have it mostly covered, and I still have space for more stuff when (not IF, but WHEN) it comes along.


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    I also built an adjustable arm for my main light, this makes is MUCH more useful. I might have to add a spring or two to help the arm stay in place, or some friction pads (PSA sandpaper ) on the joints to make them slip less, but still, the light on the arm is SUCH an improvement, I have light right where I want it.


    I show this to you guys, in the hopes that someone will have a better way to do something and share that too

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 03-31-2008 at 05:32 PM.
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    You have a way with making the mostest from the leastest, at least, space wise. Were you a submariner in a previous life?

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    Well done Stu. I like the light setup you have. Any way you could detail that for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    You have a way with making the mostest from the leastest, at least, space wise. Were you a submariner in a previous life?
    You know Frank, on a different board, a guy there asked me the same question, as he WAS a former "submariner"

    I do what I can with the space I'm blessed with

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Bower View Post
    Well done Stu. I like the light setup you have. Any way you could detail that for us.
    Thanks Wayne, I'll take some pics later and post them, not much too it, but I'll be glad to share what I've done with you guys!

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Nice setup Stuart. I like the dust collection. Is having the light that close to the work better than a couple of spotlights mounted on the ceiling? I use a similar setup now (I usually find them at garage (tag??) sales for ~$1.00). I usually get ones with clamping bases so I can clamp them anywhere. However, I find the light fixture sometimes gets in the way so I was thinking in my new shop while I'm doing the wiring I'd mount a couple of flood lights over the lathe. I'm not sure though if that would shed the best amount of light on what I'm doing.
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    Regards,

    Barry

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    are the thoughts and efforts of many.

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    Hi Barry

    I've got a couple of those desktop lamps, but I've really no where to mount them at this workstation, the ceiling was the only way, and as the lamp hangs upside down, the springs are pulling the wrong way!

    So I made my own

    Wayne, here you go, I upgraded it a bit, I cut round ends on it and put some springs on it, to help it stay in place.

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    Here are the basic components;
    Two arms
    Top flange
    Bottom flange
    Nuts, bolts, and washers
    Not in the pic is a mounting block on the ceiling,
    which is just a block of 3/4" plywood, with a bolt sticking out of it.

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    here is is all together, lying on the bench

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    Mounted to the ceiling, and with springs on the top joint and the middle joint.

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    I've turned it way out of position to get a pic of this bottom flange and the light.

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    The middle joint, you can see the spring I put on there,
    it seems OK now, but I might have to move one of the
    screw a bit to alter the tension on the spring.

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    The top joint
    You can see the spring there, I have since moved the screw at the top further around the arc of the arm by
    about an inch, to the left and down, works well.
    The springs are from a muffler on a motorcycle.

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    The top joint turned.
    You can see the mounting plate on the ceiling,
    well, actually that is a beam, not the ceiling,
    but you know what I mean.

    I may yet alter it some more with some use, I think the top arm could be about 3" shorter, but time will tell.

    Easy to make, much cheaper than buying a new one!

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Great job Stu. Looks like it will work for you.
    Bernie W.

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    Looks good Stu, The only thing I would do is add about 5000 square feet to your shop

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    Lamp looks good Stu, very inspiring, need to get on with building my lathe station.
    Darren

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