Waiting on Ductwork…

We have all our stuff in the new space and we’re starting to unpack the many bins, boxes and moving racks, but until the ductwork for the  dust collection system has been installed, we can’t get approval on the wiring. So for the nonce, not much woodworking is getting done in our new shop (though, because the project uses no 220-volt machines, I’m trying to get the I Can Do That project built for the April issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine…please forgive the cluttered backgrounds in the pictures when that comes out!).

Anyway, I thought you might like to see what the shop looks like in its current and deconstructed state – so below is an iPhone video, shot on my superannuated model  (hence the less-than-stellar quality – sorry!).

— Megan Fitzpatrick

p.s. Our new address is 8469 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236. All phone numbers and e-mails are the same.

11 thoughts on “Waiting on Ductwork…

  1. gamelon

    Maybe I am a dunce, but what is the dependecy between ductwork and wiring? Seems to me you can wire a shop and an outlet (220) for a dust collector without having such a machine and the associated ductowrk, or, for that matter, any other planned piece of equipment and still get the electrical approved.

    1. JWatriss

      Simple discrepancies.

      Dust collectors only have so much suction, so part of laying it all out is figuring out where the thing will hang.

      After that, you also want to make sure the whole system is adequately grounded, so static charge doesn’t start a fire in the pipe. Aerated sawdust burns pretty fast.

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      At the moment, I have mine at home! Next step is to design hand tool storage next to or above my bench – the racks from the old shop don’t fit.

  2. cabrown22

    Looks like it’s going to be a great space. I have one question: why the absence of shapers?

    I get the feeling there is an official company policy to not use shapers. I like to think there are enough of us with shapers in our home shops to warrant the inclusion of these oft neglected heros of the woodshop.

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Sorry not to respond more quickly. I’m not sure if there’s an “official” reason we don’t have a shaper, but I hear we used to have one before I joined the staff in 2005, and it was used but rarely. I don’t think too many of our projects call for shapers for an operation that we can’t do with a router.

      Or maybe it’s because we have enough trouble already just keeping track of the router bits…

      I’ll ask around the office, because now I’m curious, too.

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