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Having around the room layout in a 12'x14' room and bench in the middle. It is difficult as I start a small project and before long it is looking like this.
So I listed about 4 things I wanted to make to have it a bit more efficient a bit more fun. Easy to think up but harder to implement.
Here is my list:
1. Vacuum cleaner that doesn't have to be pulled out and put away, and moves the dust out of the room.
(Completed) I've written below what I found to make this work.
2. Air compressor line on hand (for painting and cleaning).
3. Tools, materials and other stuff within arms reach and to be able to see it all so I don't forget what I've got.
4. Proper lighting to see what I'm working on.
There is too much to fill in one blog so I just show you No 1 which is Vacuuming system which is cheapish to make. I bought a second hand drum vacuum cheap off ebay. And from the local hardware store(Bunnings). I got electrical conduit with brackets 32mm size and some 70mm pipe. I place the drum vacuum outside the train room in the workshop next to the layout room and connected the pipes. I used some irrigation water tapes ($25) to shift the vacuum to the workshop when needed.
Then in the trainroom laid out 5 outlet points to access the vacuum pipe. Below is a birds eye view.
It hangs 2 feet from the roof on a wood grid. This is overkill but I want the wood grid for the future projects.
Here is a cross section of how it looks and works.
I painted the electrical plastic pipes black and fitted them together. (no glueing needed)
And they work very well after I attached the special self closing values (made out of a round piece of card and hinged by cloth tape. A power remote ($30) turns the Vac on and off as needed.
When you have a mess anywhere in the trainroom, you pull the flexible tube down ($12 from sleep Apia machines google CPAP) attach your brush if needed and turn on the power remote which turns the Vac on (which is in the workroom). There less fine filtered dust in the trainroom and then when you let go of the hose it flys back into its socket and you turn the unit off. Completed List No 1.
But that doesn't help keep the bench cleared but we are moving forward.
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