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Molto Verboso
79 P200E, 62 Allstate, 2008 Stella
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Location: Florence, OR
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:35 pm quote
That blimp hanger looks like it'd almost hold all Voodoo's herd!

Awesome space. I love it!
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
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Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:53 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
that space is outrageous - in the best of ways.
What is the back story? Did you have that built or was it on the property when you got it?
Full on hanger!
My house was built in 1911 and was a working farm at the time. The blimp hanger (as it shall forevermore be known) 32x60, was erected some time later, I don't know exactly when and it was a major contributing factor when I bought the house. It was originally used to store farm equipment like tractors and combines.

The city has expanded and now the property is on the edge of town. The farmland was sold to other farmers in the area leaving the house, this building another 18x48 garage and an acre of land.

The garage is double the size of an ordinary two car garage with a three room workshop in back. That is where I do most of my wrenching.
Ossessionato
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Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:36 am quote
Very cool.
Terrific space.
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Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:25 pm quote
In action:

Ossessionato
1980 P200E , 2005 Stella 177
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Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:47 pm quote
Currently.

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Too Many piles of Junk that need too much work and too much money
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Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:59 pm quote
swiss1939 wrote:
Currently.
Perfect riding weather
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
Joined: 16 Jun 2011
Posts: 3058
Location: Nashville
Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:30 pm quote
GeekLion wrote:
swiss1939 wrote:
Currently.
Perfect riding weather
Heidenau makes 3.5x10 snow tires. Just sayin'
Ossessionato
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Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:34 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
GeekLion wrote:
swiss1939 wrote:
Currently.
Perfect riding weather
Heidenau makes 3.5x10 snow tires. Just sayin'
i have them.. but I still can't get the damn 70/130 tires off the new rims so I can put those on!
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Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:32 pm quote
JimVonBaden wrote:
In action:

Looks like your doing an electrical conversion, thatís a nice setup!
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Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:32 pm quote
JimVonBaden wrote:
In action:

Looks like your doing an electrical conversion, thatís a nice setup!
Style Maven
74 50s x3 78 P200 x2 84 Cosa PK50XL2 58 AllState 68 Sprint 80 50special '66(?) Super125
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:17 am quote
We got our first snow today and lots colder too.
So perfect weather for melting aluminum cans in our amateur garage foundry today.
The snow was just lightly falling as we finished up.

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Beer barrel shell burning charcoal briquets with a blower forcing air from below.

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The muffin tins are cheap molds for the ingots we will make.

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Morrie is pushing in cans, right side up so all steam vents safely. We both use protective eyewear because we don't take chances here.

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We added commercial flux from the yellow Nesquik container and stirred well to float up all the slag and junk oxides to be skimmed off.

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Did you notice all the recycled Vespa rims and a Super brake drum?

The charcoal furnace melts fast, We cleaned the metal and recharged the charcoal here, about halfway through the total melt.

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I guess it's time...

Drying out a wet muffin tin here before I pour.

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Come on out of there, you!

My crucible is a stainless steel pot from Goodwill, lasts about 15 heats or so,
but much faster for this than my much more expensive carbide crucible I'm saving for brass and bronze.

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We finally got six big aluminum muffins from a couple hundred cans and remnants from last casting session when I managed to cast an elephant.

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On Monday I cast this poorly 3D printed & discarded elephant just to test out my furnace & foundry gear after a year away from it.

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Not bad, but the sand mold cracked and I got a nice unwelcome FLANGE around the beast's back I still need to grind off.

Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
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Posts: 3058
Location: Nashville
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:49 am quote
swiss1939 wrote:
chandlerman wrote:
GeekLion wrote:
swiss1939 wrote:
Currently.
Perfect riding weather
Heidenau makes 3.5x10 snow tires. Just sayin'
i have them.. but I still can't get the damn 70/130 tires off the new rims so I can put those on!
There's also [url=
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Style Maven
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:24 pm quote
Proper video link, plz? I am sadly Chrome impaired.
Molto Verboso
2006 LX150 (carbed) | 2007 GT200
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:41 pm quote
V oodoo wrote:
Proper video link, plz? I am sadly Chrome impaired.
https://youtu.be/9dVJnWMPgvw

Ossessionato
1980 P200E , 2005 Stella 177
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Location: Staten Island, NY
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:53 pm quote
ha yeah. I think the city of New York would be pretty pissed at me for using those! Some day I will! DIY backyard snowcross vespa is on my list of things to do.
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:41 pm quote
I was posting from my phone, and then had to do other stuff for a bit, so thanks for fixing that, berto

ThatScooterThing did an episode on Vespa Ice Racing out on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It looks like fun, for sure.

(Look ma! Proper links! )
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:10 pm quote
V oodoo wrote:
Proper video link, plz? I am sadly Chrome impaired.
huh?...i've haven't been drinking
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:13 pm quote
Oh, hey...in case spikes aren't your thing, this seems like a good idea...
Hooked
P125x (4KW Hub Motor)
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Location: Alexandria, VA
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:42 pm quote
Vpfalcon wrote:
JimVonBaden wrote:
In action:

Looks like your doing an electrical conversion, thatís a nice setup!
Yup! First Scooter, not my first project. (Now going electric!)
Ossessionato
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Location: Snohomish County, WA
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:36 am quote
Some fine looking garages.
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
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Posts: 3058
Location: Nashville
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:53 pm quote
The lights are so bright it messes with the camera in my phone a little bit. 70,000-ish total lumens will do that, I guess.

I still need to finish wiring them in, but this gives the basic idea. And the walls are all whiteboard, so I can write notes, lists, sketches, or whatever else I want to capture at any time.

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Ossessionato
62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
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Location: california
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:40 pm quote
good grief CM - just exactly how bright is it in there?
bodgemaster
63 GL, 76 Super (x 2), 74 Primavera (x 2), 06 Fly 150
Joined: 26 Sep 2013
Posts: 5653
Location: So Cal
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:39 pm quote
Like it a lot Chandler. Bright is good.

Whiteboardís a nice touch. Iím always looking for something to write on. My work workbench is covered with scribbles.

Whatís the story with the floor?
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
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Posts: 3058
Location: Nashville
Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:12 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
good grief CM - just exactly how bright is it in there?
I hung 8 48" lights, each of them 9,600 lumens, so call it 77,000 lumens total, spread pretty evenly over about 280 ft^2, so on average, 266 lumens/ft^2. That's a little bit high (150lm/ft^2 is the target benchmark for industrial workspaces), but it's working for me and I don't feel like I need sunglasses, just that it's nice and bright, even down at floor level.
SoCalGuy wrote:
Like it a lot Chandler. Bright is good.

Whiteboardís a nice touch. Iím always looking for something to write on. My work workbench is covered with scribbles.

Whatís the story with the floor?
The whiteboard is super convenient. Acrylic paneling like that is super-cheap, too. I'm also constantly trying to capture measurements, drawings, etc. on whatever random greasy scrap of paper I can find on short notice. This way, I draw what I need, then if I want to preserve it, just take a picture. It lasts longer that way.

The floor is basic industrial vinyl that I bought in a 10' wide roll and a second section that I cut to fit for the rest of the width. If they'd had a lighter color, I'd have gone with that. I was originally looking for something closer to gray epoxy paint, but took what I could get. I put it down with a 3mm pad underneath and it's much more comfortable than cement for working on. I don't love the texture of the raised discs, because they make it harder than I'd like to clean up spills, but they do help with traction.
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Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:30 am quote
I second the giant white board! I have large one in the shop, and it is invaluable.
Sergeant at Arms
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Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:15 am quote
GeekLion wrote:
I second the giant white board! I have large one in the shop, and it is invaluable.
i too enjoy and embrace the whiteboard.

unfortunately my old lady absconded with mine from the shop. therefore she gets love notes and small drawings, maybe a haiku here and there.

okay. okay. it's dicks. i mostly draw dicks on it.

and sometimes whales.

but usually dicks.

because i'm 12.

-g
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Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:00 pm quote
greasy125 wrote:
GeekLion wrote:
I second the giant white board! I have large one in the shop, and it is invaluable.
i too enjoy and embrace the whiteboard.

unfortunately my old lady absconded with mine from the shop. therefore she gets love notes and small drawings, maybe a haiku here and there.

okay. okay. it's dicks. i mostly draw dicks on it.

and sometimes whales.

but usually dicks.

because i'm 12.

-g
This is the True purpose of the White Board
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P125x (4KW Hub Motor)
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Location: Alexandria, VA
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:08 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
The lights are so bright it messes with the camera in my phone a little bit. 70,000-ish total lumens will do that, I guess.

I still need to finish wiring them in, but this gives the basic idea. And the walls are all whiteboard, so I can write notes, lists, sketches, or whatever else I want to capture at any time.
Angle your phone so the actual lights are not in the shot. It should fix the image. I have a similar issue with my 12 lights in my 12X16 shop.





Ossessionato
1980 P200E , 2005 Stella 177
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Location: Staten Island, NY
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:55 pm quote
You gotta swap out those 3500k tubes for some matching 5600k tubes! Your color balance is gonna be off!
Ossessionato
76 Sprint V, 63 GL, 62 VBB, 05 Stella
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Posts: 3058
Location: Nashville
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:45 pm quote
As methods of marking territory goes, drawing dicks is fairly harmless (and odorless).

Speaking of drawing dicks on things, back when "going into the office" was still a thing, I'd have to walk about half a mile through the Loop in downtown Chicago. Idiots would pull across the crosswalks of major intersections and then stop because they had a red light, massively disrupting both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. At some point, I started drawing dicks on the dirty windows of anyone who did it as I walked past their car. I got to the point where I execute that particular tag almost without breaking stride, including a few drops shooting out in case anyone was unclear on the image.

Why dicks? Same reason as you. Because we're all 12 at heart.
Ossessionato
62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
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Location: california
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:00 pm quote
Whales...
Shaped like dicks.
It's a thing.

CM - space really came out great.
Like it.
Been hard at work on my own space.
Still not ready for the unveiling tho...
Major declutter.
Good for the sole.
Ossessionato
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Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:06 pm quote
There's something nice about the feeling of potential that comes with walking into a busy-but-not-messy workshop. I don't feel like I should clean something before I get to work, but still have plenty of things to do if I don't have a clear purpose when I head out there.

And, before we leave the topic completely behind, Whale dicks seem like they're probably terrifying if you're not into that sort of thing.
Ossessionato
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Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:13 pm quote
Who needs the Sears catalog.
We have wikipedia
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Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:15 pm quote
swiss1939 wrote:
You gotta swap out those 3500k tubes for some matching 5600k tubes! Your color balance is gonna be off!
Interestingly I like the mix. Not quite so harsh.
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Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:16 pm quote
chandlerman wrote:
As methods of marking territory goes, drawing dicks is fairly harmless (and odorless).

Speaking of drawing dicks on things, back when "going into the office" was still a thing, I'd have to walk about half a mile through the Loop in downtown Chicago. Idiots would pull across the crosswalks of major intersections and then stop because they had a red light, massively disrupting both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. At some point, I started drawing dicks on the dirty windows of anyone who did it as I walked past their car. I got to the point where I execute that particular tag almost without breaking stride, including a few drops shooting out in case anyone was unclear on the image.

Why dicks? Same reason as you. Because we're all 12 at heart.
Awesome!
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Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:01 am quote
Shop Corner Cleanup
I'm still loving this thread! Its very insightful and inspiring to see everyone elses spaces. Thanks again for sharing everyone1

After catching the bug of inspiration, I spent the last 2 weeks cleaning and organizing alot of the shop space.

Here is a shot of one corner, that has basicly been a junk collecting corner for 7 months since I moved in. It's nice to finally have the drillpress setup, and I'll add some hangers on thewall too; so I can utilize that vertcal space. The signs are part of my collection from over the years. I have more posters and prints, but ran out of wall space. I'll most likely move the press further away from the brick, but it is where it is for now cuz its heavy af.

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Molto Verboso
79 P200E, 62 Allstate, 2008 Stella
Joined: 11 Jan 2006
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Location: Florence, OR
Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:39 am quote
Very nice GL - I want to build myself a new bench and change things around in my space, but first gotta finish these rebuilds.

I love reading through these threads. Here I thought I was going to see some really creative ways and tips on organizing the garage, and I come back after a couple of days to....whale dicks.... Cracked me up, cause, yes, 12yo at heart

Still waiting for the pics of the wild and crazy CM2's mad scientist lab....
Ossessionato
62 VBB1T Round Tail W/ leaner sidecar
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Location: california
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:05 pm quote
Not sure if it was this thread - or buying a part that I later found I had 3 of - but either way - it was time for a clean out.

Spoiler alert - garage still needs a lot of work.
- Ripped everything out and threw it in the driveway.
- Expanded my shelving system
- Bought what I thought was a steel on these cool stainless steel rolling tool chests at just $200 ea. only to find - I had to build them myself and upgrade the slides... so I did! oh those drawers close nicely with the self close at the end!!
- Converted one of them to a welding cart - always found welding carts ugly. Holds the tanks for two machines in the cabinet - and all welding accoutrement are in the drawers.
- Went through every damn storage bin I have - threw half the shit away - and organized it nicely in clear bins. Wh-o-l-l-y cow. I can find my 1/2" sprinkler nipples quickly.

Editors note - you ALWAYS want to know where your nipples are.

- Every station is on casters. Red, unreasonably large, smooth rolling, urethane coated, swivel locking (from the front with a touch of my toe) casters. Found the source and bought cheap. Can wheel everything around - very nice.
- Working now no a plan for a shed - so I could do a little more finesse.
- Oh! and I sold two bikes and a line trenching machine - netting me way more $ then I spent so far - which felt good!


Of course - documented for your enjoyment.
Warning - this is 1minute of your life you will never be able to get back or un-see.

Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/2AJUzOYO3g4

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Before(ish). Actually already done a lot of assembly at this point

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Welding cart - one of the $200 self assembly jobs I bought - all my goodies in the drawers. Note the hole cut in top and the custom welded tray holding the red MIG machine so I can turn gas on/off

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Grinding/Sand/Drill station.
Have a cunning plan for a new top still in the works. New sander attachment and bench grinder - kinda cool. 15yr old shop vac got new switch and a clean - fixed & works great.

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Drill bits! right under the drill! Who knew? Sorted by rough size. (I mic my bits before I ever use them anyway) Easy to put away. Rt hand slot is for those needing sharpening Loving this.

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Speaking of drawers - gave em all a them. This is my carb drawer - all the little bits at my finger tips - findable...

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And my nuts and bolts drawer

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And my electrical connections drawer - you get the idea. (and I am not even gonna post my Dremel drawer - cause that might cause heart palpitations).

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and I flipped my bench top after 15 years

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And revealed a new bright and shinny top.

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& my fixture table - for welding. I will make a jig to hold my motor - this is where I will do my greasy work going forward.

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Box of unreasonably large red casters for all the carts and tables

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And the new self close slides - oooo. smooth.

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Clear boxes - not stacked on top of each other - allowing visibility and access. Each one sorted & culled before being put back up. How many paint rollers should I own?!

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CM's Tire Rackô

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Working man's garage - still a ways to go - but big improvement.

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Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:33 pm quote
Shiiiiihs, Charles you set a high bar!

More than a little jelly.
Ossessionato
1980 P200E , 2005 Stella 177
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Location: Staten Island, NY
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:40 pm quote
Hot damn!

More than a lot jelly .

Your parts cabinet reminds me of my parts storage chest.. only way bigger and better!

Mine is overstuffed with parts!
https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-storage-organization/parts-storage/toolbox-organizer-with-4-drawers-68238.html
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