Below is my own suggestion for the layout of the metal area
For the lighting on the layout I’ve put together we could put the existing lamps back in they’re original position, but also add any additional ones needed above new areas such as against the plasterboard wall at the top
This saves a bit of work on relocating the large lamp that was originally above the myford.
I think we should try to use up some of the middle area
I’ve put a OSB back board on the back of those black shelving units in the diagram so that they can be in the middle of the room
Also a new bench dedicated for the small watch lathe.
We may be able to fit more in the middle area in terms of cabinets or benches, since I’m not sure of the exact scale
Ultrasonic Cleaner / Electrolysis
For info I originally put the ultrasonic cleaner on it’s own bench with a 12V Car charger and water containers underneath
This was for electrolysis for use with de-rusting, but can also be used with electolysis
(there’s a robbert murray smith youtube vid that shows how to plate almost any metal without acid’s or dodgy chemicals, although better current control may be needed)
It’s probably best to keep anything water based away from the surface plate.
The existing benches are very solid, we got the wood from pallets from a door making company around the corner.
We think it’s indonesian hardwood (has a red tinge to it), so it might not look as good as a kitchen table for example but is probably much more hard wearing (and probably expensive).
There’s some existing draws underneath for some screwdrivers etc, although I’d like the idea of some kitchen units up above for more storage.
I’ve put the old benches back in they’re original position.
This is due to any banging / hammering on the benches in there might be more noticible from a noise point of view if they’re against the plasterboard wall.
Also it means I don’t have to redesign the legs / way they’re screwed together.
Although I have put a blue block at the top near the plasterboard wall for another bench (which could be anything)
and a small one in the middle of the room for the small watch lathe (good for practicing on without killing yourself)
Pillar Drill / Surface Plate
I’m open to the idea of moving the large pillar drill or surface plate.
I’ve moved the large pillar drill to the top in the diagram and the small one to the old benches.
But I’m not sure if Mark’s suggestion is to create new kitchen unit’s for the large drill press / surface plate? looking at the description.
Currently the surface plate is on a specially designed pullout section on wheels, guided by pullout drawer slides.
We had to make it this way due to the weight of the surface plate and to over engineer it to make sure it was safe, so I’d like to keep that as is.
The large drill is also quite heavy. I think the table it’s on at the moment is fine as is unless anyone has any suggestions on that.
Mill / Bending Machine
We can put the Bending machine into the Lobby / Elevator area eventually once we have a mill.
For now we can just leave it in it’s original position (since the Lobby is full of junk at the moment) until we’re ready.