Somehow over the years Randi had acquired this huge 4' x 8'
steel bench, but it was in the barn, all 500lbs of it. Good
thing we have a John Deere tractor with a front loader. Out
with the minivan, in with the bench. Just enough room on top
of the bench for a good level wood structure:
Randi thought I was overdoing it with 3 double outlets on each
side. We frequently run out of outlets now.
Size is an issue guys....
Ours is 12 ft by 42" and 39" high.
I would make it 36" high and still keep the rest except
add more outlets.
Storage for tools and wood scraps underneath.
You cannot be too bright.
We were able to find some used
8ft double fluorescent fixtures. Four of them over the bench
worked out just right.
For God's sake man, stop thinking of you own needs!
For the MGS epoxy we use 70o is sort of minimum
temperature. During the summer it frequently hit 105o and this
winter it is cold...Brrrr cold. But build on we must. Since we
are on a hill top the wind does a good job of relieving us of
any accumulated heat. It seemed the best thing to do was build
an easy-bake oven of sorts that we could keep things at least
at 70o plus. It would also be nice if we could do
some work in there and be somewhat comfortable, more bright
lighting, plenty of fresh air. ...and while
we are wishing, I want a pony, swimming pool, a hot tub and a
cute red sports car....
The solution was some 1" PVC pipe, 1/8" cord and a
roll of 6 mil poly sheeting. Put an electric heater under it,
push-pins all the way around into the bench and roll up the
corners to seal it up. When not in use the sides just roll up
and tie like shades. Temps on warm days have been as good as
110o limited by the thermostat in heater, as much
as a 40o increase on cold days with just the one
heater. We monitor it with my instant reading digital
thermometer from the BBQ wood smoker.
Time, epoxy temp, garage temp, and bench temp can all be
monitored through window from house.
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