I have managed to get my table saw rebuilt and calibrated, and I have built a new assembly table. Those are the two biggest tasks that needed to be done before I can actually use the shop for any production work. So now I will start finishing the winders that have already been ordered, and working on building up a back stock of parts again, while also working on putting together the rest of the shop. We are going to get some more of our tools out of storage (not at The Ranch) this weekend, so it won’t be long before it starts feeling like a real woodshop.
Among the many tools which will be retrieved from storage is our lathe. some of you my be able to guess at the ramifications this will bring, some of you will just have to wait and see the awesomeness as it is produced.
The heater seams to work well, and even on cold days the temp is well over 50º. The large thermal mass of the concrete and earth keep the room from getting too cold, so my glue will be safe there. A good thing, as I am tired of replacing frozen glue. This will sure beat working in the refrigerator/freezer that was the ranch shed this winter.
Construction of my new CNC router which I still haven’t told you about should begin sometime next week too, at which time I will actually tell you about it. This will eventually be the most exciting news on this blog.
In other news: We are switching to a new motor for our electric skein winders. This motor is more powerful, quieter, smoother, and American made. However it does cost more than the old motor did, and so the price of the electric winders will be going up by about $50. The motor mounts to the winder a little differently, so I have yet to build a prototype of the new mount design. This should happen on Sunday or Monday, and once I have the prototype finished and tested, I will officially announce the new price and design. Any winders ordered now will receive the new motor, but we will continue charging the old price until we officially make the announcement on the Crazy Monkey News web page. This is effectively a $50 off sale! Hurry because the official announcement and price increase will probably happen late next week.