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Shop Shop layout, making use of every square inch.

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I have been renovating for the better part of 2 years now. I want to show where it is now (sort of). Where it is going, and the needed shed to free up space (in the spring. Note that both CNC Mill and CNC lathe are conventional machines with conversions done by CNC Masters out of sunny California. If I do end up going to a robust ATC Machining Center, I will be selling the Supra milling machine. The 1440 lathe is now active again. I will follow up with photos as we go... in time.
 

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That-Guy

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Might just be my weirdness, but anything to do with grinding I try to keep as far away from machines as possible. My tool grinder, bench grinders and angle grinders are all on the other side of the shop. Away from computers as well. I've seen a shop environment kill a few.... Just food for thought. I'm on the 4th iteration of my shop layout (I've only had it for a year now), so it's not as if I'm an expert. I, like yourself, am after efficiency.... and cramming as many machines into it as I possible can! I also ended up moving my table saw out of the shop, they just take up so much floor room.

Now, crazy thought (I did it hence I know the crazy of it), would you consider moving the air system to a shed? I put my compressor and dryer out in the shed and ran a remote switch (with a door interlock for safety, and then used IPEX 1.5" water supply line buried up to the shop. From there its business as usual.
 
Might just be my weirdness, but anything to do with grinding I try to keep as far away from machines as possible. My tool grinder, bench grinders and angle grinders are all on the other side of the shop. Away from computers as well. I've seen a shop environment kill a few.... Just food for thought. I'm on the 4th iteration of my shop layout (I've only had it for a year now), so it's not as if I'm an expert. I, like yourself, am after efficiency.... and cramming as many machines into it as I possible can! I also ended up moving my table saw out of the shop, they just take up so much floor room.

Now, crazy thought (I did it hence I know the crazy of it), would you consider moving the air system to a shed? I put my compressor and dryer out in the shed and ran a remote switch (with a door interlock for safety, and then used IPEX 1.5" water supply line buried up to the shop. From there its business as usual.
I am thinking of moving the grinder out to the lean-to addition. Air Compressor is a huge system, I am going to photo that room because it is basically done. The dust collector also needs to stay in. The main reason is heat. I do not want to heat the shed. Getting a powerline to it might present a problem too, but I have all winter to think it out. At this time, I think that shed is only going to be storage. Possibly a big rack all along the back wall and shelfs opposite the table saw. I will roll the table saw out to use it, keeping the dust outside. See latest iteration with Craftex lathe already heading down the driveway.
 

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That-Guy

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I am thinking of moving the grinder out to the lean-to addition. Air Compressor is a huge system, I am going to photo that room because it is basically done. The dust collector also needs to stay in. The main reason is heat. I do not want to heat the shed. Getting a powerline to it might present a problem too, but I have all winter to think it out. At this time, I think that shed is only going to be storage. Possibly a big rack all along the back wall and shelfs opposite the table saw. I will roll the table saw out to use it, keeping the dust outside. See latest iteration with Craftex lathe already heading down the driveway.
I like what you've done with the place!
 
Here is the compressor room. It is complete except to begin using the chiller. For now, I just drain every day and also drain Franken-dryer. Notice that I also put a drain on the bottom of my storage tank. I release that too, and I have valves on all of my drops on the closed loop in the shop. I check every day when I shut down the valve on top of my holding tank. I release all the air in the closed loop and have never had water so far... Just with the Franken-dryer and storage tank.
 

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I am ready to move the machines starting tomorrow.

First step is easy. I need to lift the 1440 off the skates and leave it out from the wall. This is due to maintenance that is ongoing. New controller and fixing sheard pin on feed gear. I can run CNC without the gear being fixed but I still am stuck in manual knowledge. (Never graduated yet).

Second step is to move the Supra mill over about 4 feet to the right and 1 foot towards the wall. This presents some challenges, of which I am not sure best way. Last time I moved it, I used the eyebolt. The center of gravity is very bad on this machine. It required turning the head 180 degrees about the Z axis to get it to lift properly. Likely I will need to do this regardless of if I use the chains again or the bottle jack. If I use the bottle jack it needs to be done a bit at a time front to back, to front, 1 board at a time until I can get the skates under. Once on, we simply push it over, I have a chain imbedded over at the other spot also. (Advice on this would be appreciated).

Third step is easiest. I will be moving the CT043 from its current location to in front of the garage door, it will have its back to the door, so it will be usable after its electrical issue gets repaired. Once I fix the gears on the 1440 and have the dual CNC-manual lathe functioning, then maybe the Craftex can be rehomed. This last machine is the easiest and lest scary machine to move. Skates and imbedded chains but starting with the engine hoist.
 

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Six O Two

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Second step is to move the Supra mill over about 4 feet to the right and 1 foot towards the wall. This presents some challenges, of which I am not sure best way.

have you done this yet? How did it go?

If not, I'd suggest going old-school Egyptian style with it. Just get a few lengths of 1" cold rolled steel. I was surprised how easy it was to roll my mill around the garage this way.
 
have you done this yet? How did it go?

If not, I'd suggest going old-school Egyptian style with it. Just get a few lengths of 1" cold rolled steel. I was surprised how easy it was to roll my mill around the garage this way.
This part of the move is done. I moved the Mill by lifting with the single point. The skates were put under, and it was move to it new place. I then used the bottle jack to lower it (supported all 4 corners). I then removed 1 board on side 1. opposite side 2 boards were removed. I had to leave 1 board under each corner to get the bottle jack out.

My preference is by far, using the bottle jack. It is much safer. I will do picks later, just now time to take a break before the next round.........
 
Today I moved the Craftex out and it is between the Supra and 1440 I left in in the middle of the floor until it gets serviced. I am also attaching another layout picture. I may have a line on a 36 x 24 x 6 surface plate (pink granite) for free. I have the room but will need to get another table to support it. I am now maxed on space pending a shed to take all material and storage bins (fasteners, dowels, and metal). I will post phots soon as a finish moving my miscellaneous machines to their places.
 

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Today is a big day. I am installing a desk, touchscreen monitor, and articulating Arm for the Supra mill. I will be installing them starting today. In this updated layout, I decided that putting the surface plate and toolbox with measuring instruments in with the grinder was a bad idea. Drill press moving back into lean-to and reshuffling that corner. BUT my main objective is placing the computer and designing an adapter to be 3D printed for the articulating arm.
 

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I am putting a stock articulating arm on my Supra today. I am not exactly sure how high I want the display. This is an example from the manufacturer (they try to sell this and a 200 dollar arm as an add on). I am thinking to show progress today, I am just going to mount my 60 dollar arm as high as possible on the flat surface below the turrent. If I need to make an extension, I have 2 inch x 3/8 aluminum in stock.... No 3D printing.
 

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Well, looks like I need to fabricate or 3D print a part. The clamp that's supposed to hold a monitor up to 27 inches would not tighten up to lock it from drooping. I kept on going until I heard a snap. The part is a cheap casting of some sort.. could be AL, but it is irrelevant now. I am looking at combining several parts into one and removing supposed adjustability on the segment that holds the monitor (21.5). I have no time or desire to pursue this with Amazon or the manufacturer. For 60 dollars, I got 90 percent of a good design. The part that broke is a bad design... until this Canadian re-designs it. See the snapped piece below.

In so far as swinging the monitor to see it at the desk, that would be very uncomfortable. (I am not an ostrich) I will utilize my 12 year old ACER 27 for the desk and run two monitors on duplicate mode.
 

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