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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shop Cozy

The admiral did not like my idea of heating the new shop with a pot belly wood stove. Too much liability I guess. Instead, she bought me a 240V ceiling heater. Even on the low 3000 watt setting, and with the assistance of the ceiling box air filter to help circulate the air, it warms the space from the 40s to the 60s pretty quickly.

Also, the CNC machine is in its new home. It may still be in pieces, but its all there, lol. Reassembly will be gradual over the next couple weeks.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Shop Insulated and Painted

Shop update.

Finished insulating and painting the interior. Next up is moving the CNC table into its new room. Planning new base cabinets and shelving for the main room can also start now.
The main shop room. New cabinets will go here.

The room for the CNC table
Moving the CNC table, as it is too big for any doorway to the new room, will require dis-assembly/re-assembly. Which means it will have to be re-squared/re-trued, which can take a bit of time. I may take this opportunity to do a few simple modifications to improve reliability and precision.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

New Shop Energized

Work continues on preparing the new shop space.Many thanks to dad who helped install the new 50 amp 220v service and the new electrical panel.
Also added: data network CAT5e and duplex fiber optic cable to satisfy the shop's data requirements.
We are racing against weather to finish the exterior paint, needed to satisfy the insurance company.

This weekend we should wrap up the drainage and plumbing improvements outside the shop.

With luck we will be ready to start work on the interior just as the weather turns cold and wet.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Holiday Weekend R & R

Includes sniffing boats at the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Damn inspiring stuff. We are reminded how we plan to have ZERO topside varnish. While we can appreciated nice varnished teak, our varnishing days are over (in this life at least).

Monday, July 28, 2014

Annual Pressure Washer Weekend

If anything so I can at least make a post to the blog...

This year, the wash extends beyond the boat to the new finish shop. The finish shop is getting most of the attention this summer as we get it ready for work. A new roof was recently installed and the exterior is now being prepped for new paint. During this time, I can start planning for that most efficient shop layout, at least, whatever that is.
Site of the new shop.
As for the boat, well, the deck is now clean again. I can report on the performance of the PlasTeak used for the caprail (installed last year). What little dirt accumulated on the caprail rinsed off with the pressure washer like it was nothing. The PlasTeak still looks as new as the day it was installed. Also, some smearing of sealant around the edges of the seams (I never got around to cleaning up), washed away with little effort. Cool!