Today in preparation for some new machinery (horizontal bandsaw and also a possible pan brake), we had a bit of a working bee for the metal shop. We got rid of a whole bunch of junk, did a lot of rearranging and also started some maintenance on the grey lathe - it is now in much better condition, but will still need some adjustments as the compound rest screw is very loose.
The end goal is to separate the shop into two halves - down near the welders will be our ‘hot’ working area (welding, linishers, cut off saw, etc), and down the other end (near the lathes currently) will be our ‘cold’ working area (drills, workbench, pan brake, mills, lathes, etc). This should also allow us a much more effective layout and ease of moving between common working areas.
We still have to go through some long term stored projects which are taking up a lot of room, but we were able to throw a LOT of junk out as well as some non-useful cut off pieces. We’ve also taken a lot of the full lengths of aluminium outside, and will slowly move the steel inside. As the Space generates so many scrap cans, I also propose we scrap the entire lot of existing cans which may get us a few hundred dollars if we’re lucky, money which can go back into buying smaller tooling like new angle grinders.
As our new lathe (the very, very nice green one which came from Ollie) shares tooling with our existing workhorse grey lathe, in my opinion we need to get rid of the large lathe. As much as all the time and effort which has gone into trying to get it in working condition by members is appreciated, there is still a lot which needs to be done to get it safe and usable, as well as a large investment into tooling which I don’t think is worth the hassle. This would free up a LOT of space in the cold working area. We also have many other smaller lathes (desktop lathe with cutoff power lead, almost-CNC lathe which hasn’t been touched since it was dropped off, etc) which probably need to go.
We also need need to consider something happening with the electric kiln, as it’s taking up a phenomenal amount of room and I can’t ever see something that size being utilised at the Space.