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Spring cleaning and space making

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Spring cleaning and space making

Post by crazycuda » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:14 am

Doing the spring clean out of the front shop and fitting in the new (to me) lathe . Wanted to get options / suggestions on the layout idea. Trying to avoid moving the mill but also keep room to fit a vehicle in there. The 15' opening goes to the back 1/2 of the shop one section at a time lol
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Re: Spring cleaning and space making

Post by gofaster » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:05 am

You can open up a little more floor space by turning the Bridgeport 45°, and back it into the corner made by the lathe and the wall.
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Re: Spring cleaning and space making

Post by Dave Koehler » Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:47 am

I would put the lathe against the wall and the vertical mill facing it. (backside of mill towards truck)
I have tried the mill in the corner deal and did not care for it.
It was restrictive as to the length of the part that could fit on the table.
That and going around back to move the head in/out/side to side was awkward.

The machines you use the most should be the most accessible.
If it was a day job then a work flow arrangement becomes more important.
An example would be an engine shop.
Ideally the incoming side is the dirty work, progressing through machining to the clean output side.

Best option. Move the truck outside and the arrangement is limitless. :D
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Re: Spring cleaning and space making

Post by BigBlocksOnTop2 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:44 am

Grinding dust from the welding area is air borne and very abrasive. I would not want that any where near lathes, mills, etc. Oiled ways collect dust!

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Re: Spring cleaning and space making

Post by bill jones » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:44 pm

---personally I would move the milling machine near the door where the welding table is ----and re-position it on angle so that you can get a long flag pole onto the mill table and out thru the door.

---here is picture of my mill with an 87" long piece on the mill table---sticking just barely out the door .
87 inch piece out the door .jpg
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Re: Spring cleaning and space making

Post by ProPower engines » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:28 am

X2 park the truck out side. I would not leave my truck in the shop with metal dust etc floating in the air. An invitation to scratch the shit out of the paint. That stuff will find its way into the air filter element and solidify when moisture gets to it and rish a chunk ending up in the engine. ( Learned that the hard way ) not to mention the glass will get fine scratches in them from collecting on the cats whiskers when they are rolled up and down over time.

And besides all trucks today have rust proofing and paint so they stay shiny longer =D>
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