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Upgrades. Flatlap and shop.
« on: November 09, 2014, 09:15:34 AM »

Some of you know that I, and my shop, AND A LOT OF ROCKS live in a travel trailer.  As you can probably imagine space is tight to say the least. The kitchen table and two bench seats area is now my shop. In the past I had the table lowered to the level of the seats and my cabbing machine and two drill presses positioned across the front. This left no room for my stool so it stuck half way out into the isle. I also had to reach over the machines to get at overhead storage and all the small things that go into a shop.

I decided to change the pan on my flat lap and at the same time rearrange the shop. My new refrigerator also sits in this area (the old gas one is full of tools because it doesn't very good) so I had to make a change with it also. What it boils down to is pulling the table out and rotating everything around the square.

The frig came forward, the cabbing machine moved from right to left and the drill presses moved to the back. The entire table area is now my stool with me sitting on it area. It worked so good it is like living in a larger trailer. I lost a little storage area but I made up for it by sorting my rocks into plastic containers and stacking them where ever there was room.

The way it was.

The cabbing machine with the flat lap (with awesome new bowl) behind it and my stool.

My drilling drill press behind the frig. I can swing it back against the wall when not in use.

A bunch of photos showing everything else. The containers of rocks shown are just a small portion of the rocks stuffed everywhere you can imagine. Even under my lounge chairs.

These bins are for the cabs in various stages of grinding and polishing. I have a bad habit of stopping in the middle of something and when I go back to it I can not remember where I stopped. So, my solution was to use my empty coffee containers and mark them to show what grit that particular cab is up to. Plus a couple of bins for OTHER. You should know what I mean. lol

Now I can lean back against the frig and work the flat lap (the machine I use most) and be comfortable in my surroundings. Almost like starting over with the old excitement of working rocks and making pretty things.

I still do a lot of things outside (which is coming to a screeching halt tonight) so it keeps the cabin fever down pretty good. I have two other tables in here (one is my desk and the other is for everything else) so loosing the one table was not a problem at all.

Hope all is well with ya'll and hope ya like the photos and a piece of my life.

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Re: Upgrades. Flatlap and shop.
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2014, 11:34:10 AM »

Great!!! Love it Jim, hope you have enough cut to make it through till the next cutting season, if nit you can allways count on your rock buddies;)
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Re: Upgrades. Flatlap and shop.
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2014, 01:14:13 PM »

It can't be all that crowded as I fit in there! You sure had your ducks in a row with everything in it's place. Nice to hear you are making it more comfortable, that never hurts.
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