What’s your dream workshop setup and how’s progress electricity cost las vegas

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I’ve given up on too much long term planning because my target keeps changing/moving. I started 40 years ago focussing on setting up for WW, then it drifted back and forth between computers, MW and WW, and then off into timber milling for a few years, then MW became more important, and now electronics is really starting to really get my attention.

Likewise my processes have that random element of change as I have a somewhat strange definition of success. I start out making X and then realize it might be useful to have tool or gizmo Y so I could make it via process B instead of A, so I go the hardware store and look at Y and then gas 99 cents realised I can make that, but electricity for kids I will need Z, . . . . . . . and I’m not paying that for a Z so before I know it I have spent a month and occasionally never ever get back to finishing X. Instead of X I sometimes end up with a lot of gizmos and tools that I’ll probably never use much or at all and I call that success – or at least the process gives me much more satisfaction than if I just knuckle down and make and X.

My focus is on designing and building furniture, rather than the equipment itself. Also, I adhere to that old saying, a workman does not blame his tools. My preference is to use hand tools rather than machinery, and developing hand skills are more important than having the best machines. But that does not mean that I minimise the importance of machines, or that I am happy to use any old hand tool. There is certainly much satisfaction in using good machines as well as handling good tools. It does not take away from the number one priority – personal skill – but this can make the process easier and more pleasurable.

Despite the fact that I have posted a great deal about tools, mainly in the form of reviews, I talk about my own tools static electricity jokes with a degree of reluctance …. I am happy to enter the game here, since it is fun …. but there is a fine line between making others aware of what is available and to share goals and interests, and it being a wank – I come across many, such as on some gas nozzle keeps stopping forums, where the members list the tools they own as a byline … as if this ownership conveys an ability, some skill (beyond using a credit card).

My tools come from 30 plus years of upgrading. Nothing overnight. I upgrade a machine if I can afford it (the past decade has been easier). The last one was a Hammer K3 slider which replaced a Carbatec contractor table saw I had for 20 years. This, along with an A3-31 combination jointer-thicknesser, and a N4400 bandsaw, purchased in the past 8 or so years, I experience with electricity calculator wonder and much pleasure. I had the ubiquitous Carbatec 8 jointer and 12 thicknesser in the past, and was happy to find replacements that did not make my ears bleed! My next replacement is better dust control than my Carbatec 2 hp muchmodifiedbutnotgreat DC. (thanks Bob).

My choice of power tools lies with those I have had for 20+ years: a bunch of Elu routers, a shopmade router table in the table saw (not used that much), a 20 year old Panasonic cordless drill (still going strong) plus Festool C12 drill/driver (10.8v) … I do have a Festool vacuum cleaner (CT26E) and Festool DF500 Domino (not much used as I prefer traditional joinery, but it was invaluable building a kitchen), and a recent second-hand Mirka Ceros sander.

When I think of my dream electricity ground explained future workshop (if I win the lotto), I hardly ever think of the tools that would be in it and I haven’t got a dream list of future tools, I think of a large (LARGE) traditional timber-framed structure with timber clad walls, large barn-style doors, heaps of natural light, timber floors, an awesome workbench(s), everything tidy and in it’s place, a mezzanine floor with a small office, plenty of timber storage… and just a warm, welcoming, inspirational feel overall. I would just live in there… . Oh, and it goes without saying I need a 10 acre lifestyle size block in a nice green location, with plenty of surrounding trees and maybe a mountain view… need to keep buying those lotto tickets… although maybe the housing crash will make things affordable if there is a huge, apocalyptic downturn and provided I still 1 electricity unit in kwh have a job etc.

In the meantime, and back to reality, my workshop dreams revolve around just trying to make my current double garage workshop more pleasant to work in (both from a utilitarian and aesthetic perspective) – I really need to build a proper Roubo style workbench, a nice tool cabinet, maybe put in a small area of timber flooring below / around the workbench to make standing more comfortable than on concrete and to make my hand gas key staking tools feel less stressed about a fatal accident .

When I think of my dream future workshop (if I win the lotto), I hardly ever think of the tools that would be in it and I haven’t got a dream list of future tools, I think of a large (LARGE) traditional timber-framed structure with timber clad walls, large barn-style doors, heaps of natural light, timber floors, an awesome workbench(s), everything tidy and in it’s place, a mezzanine floor with a small office, plenty of timber storage… and just a warm, welcoming, inspirational feel overall. I would just live in there… . Oh, and it goes without saying I need a 10 acre lifestyle size block in a nice green location, with plenty of surrounding trees and maybe a mountain view… need to keep buying those lotto tickets… although maybe the housing crash will make things affordable if there is a huge, apocalyptic downturn and provided I still have a job etc.If I had this I would have the dust extractor vent gas bubbles in colon all of the dust 50m away in a giant hole I’ve dug with the dream digger on the dream patch of acreage. Never have to empty the DE again and who doesnt want a digger?