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From these pictures I can see i need to clean up my shop!!

I had been a Potter for quite a number of years, then got tired of taking stuff off the wheel and having it only be the very beginning of the process, I found that I would turn stuff and then get something I liked very much only to let it dry then throw it back into the clay pit, nothing was ever finished.

I decided about a year ago to convert my Bicycle repair and maintenance area to a Lathe based workshop. About 12 years ago I had bought a Shopsmith that was perfect for general repairs around the place, (5 acres with about 5 out buildings) I was going to use the lathe on that, but getting it up to a height that would be comfortable to work on for a long stint, would limit it’s use and be almost as expensive as a new mini lathe,(or at least that is what I told my wife, that is my story and I am sticking too it!)

Last June I got the Delta 46-460 and stand, cleaned out all the bicycle tools and re-purposed them to lathe tool racks, added a Nova chuck and was off to the races. I had the slow speed grinder so all I had to do was add the Wolverine jig kit and that was taken care of, it is currently sitting on a bed stand that I found in the trash but will soon be installed on one of the shelves that line the area,(once I get rid of the fish tank).

Floor mats were found in a Good Will store, six 3/8 inch rubber play mats for $4.00 could not pass them up, sure help with brightening up the place and give a much softer area for things to fly off the lathe too.

The Kerosene heater is making it possible to work in the Texas winter,( it has actually I been in the 20’s Fahrenheit here lately) I know the guys up north will laugh at that but a Texas will freeze to death at 60. The fan behind that is used a lot more to keep a breeze going when it is a more typical 90 to 110 degrees.

There is a contractors saw that predated the shopsmth in the corner that has a top built on to it to act as a “temporary table” ( the top has not been off in 15 years, long temporary status).

Next comes the Shopsmith band saw, I completely re tuned this over the summer and, except for not having the deepest of throats, I could not ask for better for my uses. then comes the Harbor Freight drill press not the best but I don’t use it hard mostly for drilling starting holes for the screw chuck, it is also sitting on the Shopsmith Table saw table,(I really don’t have anything against table saws I just need the tables more than the saws)

The other tables for the Shopsmith have all the Practice wood that I have cut up, everything is practice unless it turns out looking good. If it doesn’t look good it winds up in the pile next to the wood stove, next time it is dry and worm the stove will get a chimney and become functional for more than holding oil and finish soaked shop rags. I am going to need a lot of guidance to attack that job.

Ideally the work bench will get cleaned off and used by the LOML for her Glass bead work when the more temperate weather returns, or the stove gets a chimney, her kiln is in the shadows in in the back ground. As are my collection of bicycles. (It is surprising that my Prime Ride cost the same as a One Way 2426, believe it or not, I have gotten a lot of leeway because turning is much cheaper than Bicycle racing). The marble and granite slabs do triple duty for her beads, hand sharpening ( I found a couple of chisels and planes in my junk), and my leather working when I get around to it.

All that pleasure and frustration in half a one car garage, who knew! the front half of the garage has my wife’s scooter (a Buddy 175) and a couple of wheelbarrow loads of not so green wood waiting to be cut to blanks.

That is my shop and it is time I get out there and clean it up a bit, It looks like crap.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 09:01 PM

blackpearl, you have a nice looking work space….why do you have a 4” PVC on your dust deputy

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 02:56 AM

Hey BP,
Lot going on in there….cool little set-up…nice job.

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 03:22 AM

Blackpearl, it certainly does look like you have quite a bit going on in there. My shop occasionally gets in similar shape and my wife will often “volunteer” to help me sort it out. I would offer to let her help you out but the only trouble with her “help” is that I can’t seem to find any of my hand tools after she goes through the shop. Her idea of neat and orderly is to put them in the first drawer or cabinet that has room to store them. Of course, the next time I need the tool it becomes an adventure to find out which cabinet/drawer its in.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 03:27 AM

Thats a nice shop.

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Cliff De Witt

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 04:08 AM


I had a problem with the vacuum hose kinking and it seemed it was cutting down on the suction. This seems to stop that.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 07:40 AM

You got a lot going on there, way to go

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 10:05 AM

Welcome Blackpearl, I hope you enjoy this talented community of woodworkers.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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