Maurice Clyma


I enjoyed hoisting the members taking the shop tours on a rather chilly day for an unheated shop. The shop was enclosed accept for the doors but still needed some trim on the exterior. The interior had no sheetrock on the walls, no ceiling and no lighting. I may have had one electrical outlet for temporary power. I drew the outline of the equipment locations on the floor with sidewalk chalk so you could tell where everything would be when installed. I think that helped everyone visualize the shop better.

Progress slowed as office work schedules had to take precedence. I stopped working on the exterior and worked on the interior determined to move equipment out of the garage by Thanksgiving to make room for Joanís car (remember I said that part of the justification was to get her car out of the weather this winter?). I moved most of the equipment over the Christmas holiday vacation. I am pleased to report that my previous planning was valid. Everything fit! Except, I had bought a miter saw to help during construction and had not planned a space for it. I have not built the exterior closet for the air compressor and dust collector yet so the air compressor is inside taking up needed space for a while. I still have to build some of the storage cabinets before I can put stuff up. I am enjoying this detail planning of exactly where I want to put things and will keep me busy for many months I am sure. I am working in the shop and one thing I most enjoy is the lighting which provides between 95 and 105 foot candles throughout the shop. I am using the oiled filled heat radiators for heating and two units provides more than enough heat. I have a window air conditioning unit to install for this summer. I also have an electric hoist like Tim Yoder installed above the lathe which I am looking forward to using. I built a sliding barn door to provide a wide opening behind the table saw that will let me rip at least a ten foot board. A sliding door provides a few challenges such as a locking device and weather-stripping. A hardware consultant provided these answers and keyed the lock cylinders to match our house key so I wonít have to keep track of an extra key. The small lumber & plywood storage rack is now in place. I donít usually have much long lumber but always seem to have a lot of short cut offs that I wonít throw away. There are some things I would do differently but overall I am pleased with the results.

Now that spring is here I have spent some time cleaning up the construction debris and still need to bring in some fill dirt to refine the grades for proper drainage. Sodding is in order to repair some of the lawn damage. I am not sure when I will start turning again.

I would encourage anyone contemplating a new shop to try to have the shop built by a contractor. I admit that it was more physically difficult than I thought it would be even though I have enjoyed the effort and accomplishment. I do appreciate the help from fellow turners, friends and family, especially my son-in-law whose help and experience was invaluable. The following people also helped a great deal : David Simmons, Larry Johnston and Aaron Beasly, Karl Schmidt, Larry Elizondo, Ken Hager, Lyle Dragoo and of course Oren Zehner who kept coming back to help and advise. I give special thanks to Bob Jewel a friend and electrician that did all the electrical engineering and then installed the wiring.

Members are welcome to visit, but call first please. If anyone has any questions please call. I will try to answer them.



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