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This is the first rental property I’ve lived in that has a decent sized shed with it. The landlord is pretty good and was quite receptive to the idea of me setting up the shed for woodworking – even with the bolting equipment to the floor bit, as long as I get rid of them when we move out. So a year ago I started purchasing machinery in earnest to get the show on the road.

First up, here’s the Hafco woodmaster. It’s a 10” 3hp hybrid cabinet saw on a mobile base. Made some zero clearance throat plates and a special large area stop button (peice of plywood on hinges). The rip fence was sh!t so I purchased a beisemeyer style one. The assembly table that I recently made has adjustable height feet, so it works real nice as an outfeed table.

To the left of the table saw is my electronics work bench, which is from my last house where I ran a repair business out of the back room for a while. Although it does get used for some small electronics work, it’s mainly used for more general purpose stuff these days.

Then there’s the pedistal 2hp drill press. Keyless chuck.

8” Abbot and Ashby bench grinder. These are an industry standard here in Australia.

6” belt / 9” disk sander. I put castors on this. It’s a cheapy but after a but of messing around it setup quite well.

In the corner is the 14cfm 3hp air compressor with a 58 litre receiver. It runs a die grinder no problems.

The router table has a 2400W variable speed Makita router hanging off it. The fence is Tasmanian oak as the factory delivered one was flimsy rubbish. I’ve also made a bunch of zero clearance throat plates for it out of acrylic.

The 1300 CFM dust extractor has a cyclone pre seperator that I made from a 200 litre plastic drum..

The storage cabinet is lockable and all of my tools get stuffed in there when I’m away with work – and yes – it is well organised so I can find stuff. Infact TLOML can find tools in there due to labelling like “pliers” and “screwdrivers” on the drawers. The Tormek T7 sharpening system keeps things nice and sharp.

My car also goes in the shed when I’m away with work, so I’ve kept everything mobile.

The big yellow thing is a Woodfast jointer / thickness planer combination machine. It’s 12” capacity, 3HP. It totally kicks arse. The dual purpose aspect works well to save on floor space.

Finally, a picture of my edge tools. All purchased from Ebay. The trick here is to wait until the moron bidders are offline, so you don’t end up paying $300 for a set of used mortise chisels. Mine cost $70, which is more like it. Of note, there’s Stanley No7 jointer that I restored.

The whole shed, both inside and outside is covered by high resolution covert camera surveillence so I can get some happy snaps of any shady characters casing the place out.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 04:20 PM

Okay so no Biesemeyer, but that is one fine looking saw. If the fence squares up nicely, just skin it with some UHMW and call it good…

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 04:29 PM

Yeah the freaking fence extrusion is warped along it’s length.
I’m thinking of chucking some MDF on it and shimming it out to true it up (wtf is UHMW?).
The fence does lock square consistantly once you get the hang of it.

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 05:42 PM

Boneski, UHMW is ultra high molecular weight plastic. It is a little pricey but wood does slide easily over it. Here is one manufacturer so you can get an idea of what prices in the States would run.

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 05:44 PM

Nice looking shop.

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 08:59 PM

Nice shop, but a little to clean. just kidding

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 02:53 AM

Nice shop, thanks for the tour.

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#7 posted 12-17-2009 09:12 AM

Sweet shop and some nice toys..welll done.

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 08:43 PM

thanks for the tour – nice space to work in

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#9 posted 12-25-2009 10:07 PM

Boneski, this is a pretty nice shop that you have. It looks to be well organized and you have enough room to move around in there between the tool stations. And you have a nice set of tools to play with as well. I especially like your collection of hand tools. I have looked at Ebay from time to time but invariably they tend to go for nearly the same price as new ones. It sounds like you have managed to come up with some good deals.

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#10 posted 12-26-2009 07:57 AM

Very cool workshop. Although I couldn’t find the bottle opener.

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#11 posted 12-26-2009 10:28 PM

Thanks for your comments guys.
I had just cleaned up between jobs. Gets too cluttered otherwise!
Scott, I was a bit deluded about the prices that chisels and some planes were selling for on ebay.
I was lucky to pick some up from a local guy who has a habit of listing a lot of similar things at the same time.
This seems to create a loaclised market glut, so the prices are a lot lower than normal. Some of his stuff I saw recently were things like a No4 Stanley plane in original box for $20AUD. I probably should have bidded but I have three of them already.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#12 posted 12-26-2009 10:31 PM

Nice shop and some good tools too.

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#13 posted 12-28-2009 12:01 PM

Looks good Boneski… just down the road from me:)

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#14 posted 04-26-2010 05:23 AM

nice looking set up

you have certainly thrown some money at your collection this year

I love the mobile wheel set up on your work bench (i have a similar problem with mine as i keeping adding more weight to it i through my back out last time i shifted it)


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#15 posted 04-26-2010 07:16 AM

Sorry I missed you joining LJs.. so welcome if a bit belatedly…Nice looking set up..

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