Setting Up Shop

Hello! Today I FINALLY set up my screen printing shop. Taking advantage of the family's absence, I figured it would be the perfect time to set my mind to it, and just do it. I took some photos documenting the process. Here I am, getting my work on, sporting the fabulous goggles.
After drilling some large holes in the 2x4, my Dremel came in handy. I forgot how much I love this tool. I used it a lot in college, cutting my wood block prints, but it's been gathering dust for a few years. Welcome back, old friend!
Here is the curtain rod...
...which will hold the curtain for my ghetto wash-out booth. I didn't take any photos, but I also cut a short hose to attach to the faucet. Unfortunately, our faucet is in pretty bad shape, and I'm not sure how long it will be able to keep up with me. I should probably make friends with a plumber...
My vampire coffin...I mean exposure box. (Stephen teases me about the coffin in our basement). My wonderful dad helped me build this over Christmas. It is about 2' x 4' and houses 8 fluorescent tubes which will expose my screens.
Here is the exposure box open, with a screen resting on the glass.
I need to get a better work table, but for now, this'll have to do. The shelf above the table has empty containers for mixing ink, the ink and other miscellaneous fluids.
Here is my printing station. It's pretty clean right now - that won't last long.
The drawers will hold other supplies, such as tape, paint brushes, my squeegees and scoop coater, and rags. I also have a couple buckets for clean up.
I really like mason jars, therefore, I took a picture of one.

I realized that I lost my sheets of mylar for my flop, so I'll have to get a new one. Other than that, I think I'm set. My only question now, is regarding my clamping system. Once I have my screen in place, there is a 3/8" gap underneath my screen from where the wood frame rests on the clamp. I don't think this is right, so I'm going to have to figure out how to make it flush with the work surface. I'm a bit perplexed.

But, yay! I'm almost there! I know I keep saying this, but it's true. I cannot wait!
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