Around the shop

Got any great sources for leather? Tools? Machinery? Looking for sources?
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Re: Around the shop

#151 Post by sorrell » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:59 am

Jon,
What a beautiful shop...congratulations!

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#152 Post by jon_g » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:17 am

Thanks Lisa,

I saw in a picture of your shop what looks like a great way to store thread, hopefully it won't be too long before I see a system like that at my place. Also I enjoy seeing your daughter learn the craft. It's something I hope my own daughters will do, whether or not they become shoemakers for their careers, it seems like a good way to share something with them as they grow up.

Jesse, the stove is also a great way to heat up lunch, and I've even been known to cook kebabs in it when the conditions are right.

Now...the ubiquitous facebook page, look up "Jon Gray Handmade Shoes" I hope lots of you facebook users will join.

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#153 Post by romango » Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:32 pm

My antique shoemakers nail holder off eBay. Nice!
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#154 Post by michael_nash » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:00 pm

Here are some pictures of the shop I've put together over the past year. This first one is of my 31-15 I had all tricked out..
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#161 Post by michael_nash » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:08 pm

Sorry Admin..I forgot to resize this one. Please delete

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#162 Post by michael_nash » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:15 pm

The next three pics are of what was my bedroom.. I recently moved the shop in here for more room and ventilation. Better isolation from the neighbors as well..
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#163 Post by michael_nash » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:16 pm

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#164 Post by michael_nash » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:16 pm

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#165 Post by michael_nash » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:17 pm

Now I have room for a finisher, solepress and McKay Image
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#166 Post by courtney » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:54 pm

Michael, that looks beautiful! I cant possibly imagine it staying that clean though if one pair of shoes in my garage is any indicator, maybe you have a more high tech extraction system than the grocery bag taped to my belt sander.

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#167 Post by michael_nash » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:17 pm

Thanks Courtney! I get plenty of use from my shop vac when its not catching my sander dust Image The shop is still a wreck from yesterdays heel building!

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#168 Post by romango » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:12 am

My improved gluing station. With this setup I can not smell any glue at all.

It's built on a standard "Gorrilla Rack" with mostly scrap wood. There is a cheap bathroom fan inside the lower portion that is vented outside.
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Looking from the top, slots in the front and the back draw the fumes down and generally create a positive airflow into the front of the hood. A switch on the side turns on both the fan and lights.

The glass panel has an unexpected advantage that I now will lean in over my work for a better view. Whereas before I had the hood I would sort of pull my head back and breath sideways to avoid fumes.
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#169 Post by dw » Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:43 am

Rick,

I like it! I wish I had one. (I wish I had room for one.)

Can you do spray dying under there, as well?

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#170 Post by romango » Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:03 pm

I would think so, other tan any concern about getting dye all over the inside of the hood that might cause problems later.

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#171 Post by large_shoemaker_at_large » Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:00 pm

Rick.

I have made a few glueing tables.

Caution!! make sure your fan does not have a motor in the duct line. It is potential source of a fire/explosion.

And depending were the fan located is were the type of motor needed. Totally Enclosed Fan Motor, or a squirrel cage.

It is a good brain cell saving device to have. Just some info. you need about 150 CFM per SQ foot of opening. So if you can enclose 5 sides of the hood it keeps fan size down.
also suck the fumes down. Solvents of this type are mostly heavier than air so they want to fall.

I would not try a lot of spraying. your insurance company may take a dim view.

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#172 Post by romango » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:38 pm

Brendan,

Thanks for the tips. My table does suck the fumes down but my fan motor is exposed to fumes. I've used it this way for many years and never had any explosion problems. I suspect the amount of solvent coming off my brush and work never reaches the lower explosion limits.

But, you are correct. This is not a good situation. My next step will be to get a safe fan situation and up the CFM. Although I'm happy just to not smell the fumes. Most makers I know are just using the glue out in the open in their shops.

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#173 Post by rosesj » Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:30 am

I thought of something like this, using Peg Board as the base... I've been hesitant thought because I wonder if having TOO MANY holes would actually impede its effectiveness. Maybe block some of the wholes with strips of tape on the backside or something. Given the relative rarity I glue... I was just going to duct it to a window and use my 'shop vac' when necessary.

Anyone ever tried this?

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#174 Post by romango » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:21 am

My original setup was using a fluorescent lighting fixture grill from Home Depot on top of a piece of wood that kept the grill raised above the surface.
Suction was greatest where the large square hole is. I'd say this got 85% of the fumes, which is sure better than nothing.
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#175 Post by rosesj » Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:14 pm

Why did you switch?

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