What names do you call your workshop or a specail tool?

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 04-06-2007 11:42 AM 1622 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, I think it is pretty safe to say that most of us at one time or another have named our workshop or a tool around the shop. Whether it is because you respect, dislike, enjoy, or even fear it. My workshop has a couple of names that I use “CarverRog” or “The Elf Shop” because I make a lot of Christmas gifts. I have an older Craftsman table saw and I call it “Old Bessy” just because it is one of the oldest pieces of equipment I own.

Now it’s your turn! What names do you use and why? I think we can have fun with this one.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 01:00 PM

My workshop’s name?

Nothing original for me…
Just the plain old ‘Glory-hole’.
Which describes the untidy state of the place. All the same, at a moment’s notice
I can find the smallest tack.

But for the life of me, I can’t find my planing machine. It must be under that pile of through-sawn oak!


-- Working fast helps you to arrive at your mistakes in spectacular fashion. (Me 2009!)

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 03:17 PM

I call my shop my” fortress of solitude”, I actually have a lock on the inside if I want to keep people out. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-06-2007 03:24 PM

You guys are funny… I just built mine and am trying to get used to calling it a shop instead of a garage so as to differentiate between the 2.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#4 posted 04-06-2007 03:42 PM

Well my shop was just going to be a wood working shop – Not a garage – as was stated on the building permit – there was a difference in the cost of the permit if it would of been a shop – go figure – county tax – anyhow – when the shop was built – one of the workers was cutting out a window in the metal. When he was done – for whatever reason – his pattern looked like a wooden feather – thus – my shop became – The Wooden Feather (shop).
Now my tools take on a different name – based on their performance day by day. (really to be truthful its my lack of knowledge of how they work). But I can not give the names for fear of being expelled from this forum… you know for a few seconds they take on names like…..&#$&#)(@$&(*&$ . But I am sure you folks never have given your tools or equipment names like that…or have you?

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#5 posted 04-06-2007 09:08 PM

Not me Larry,,,but I have taught a few to fly!

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#6 posted 04-06-2007 09:59 PM

Mike, your name in here should be superman shouldn’t it? LOL. And Larry and Dennis, tooo funny. I’m just glad it was woodworking tools Rog was asking us if we named. Whew!

I just laid my old table saw to rest this morning. It was called “Old Sloppy” for reasons that I guess are self explanitory. And yes, it was called worse over the years. I even had my own little moment of silence for it. I just hope I don’t end up calling my new table “Young Sloppy”. And I have a few misc. tools I call “Butthead.” (actually the tools don’t mind because I think they figure I’m talking to myself).

As with Larry, it wouldn’t be appropriate to mention the other names. What a great blog Rog. thanks for posting it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 04-06-2007 10:23 PM

So what happend to “Old Sloppy”, Chip?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#8 posted 04-06-2007 10:41 PM

A friend of mine took him away (sniff sniff) and is going to try to rehabilitate him. I had an instructor once (a salty old soul God bless him) who’s favorite saying was “You can’t polish sh__!” I kinda had that same feeling about Old Sloppy but my friend is going to take a shot at it regardless.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 04-06-2007 10:44 PM

Good luck. I had to replace the motor on the old Delta contractor’s saw that my grandfather gave me. The new motor probably cost me more than the saw is worth, but it had too much sentimental value. Now it lives the easy life. My Jet does the heavy work, and the Delta has a 10” sanding disc mounted on it and a router table built on one end.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#10 posted 04-07-2007 02:07 AM

I think my little table saw (the <$100 Delta portable model) is really more like a toy or for crafts moreso than woodworking, but I haven’t called it anything as such. Just waiting for it to “give up” so I can get a “real one”! My grandfather was able to snag it for me when it was on sale just after christmas, in my pre-woodworking/post-home buying days. It was too good a deal to pass up. (almost cheaper than the replacement blade!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 04-07-2007 02:29 AM

Since my workshop was never a garage, I’ve never called it that. If I ever get the office finished in it then I might say I’m going to work. But I’ve got The cable hookup and high speed internet in there, so It will be a place away from the house. I’ve got to come into the house to blog so I’ll be able to do it from the shop.

The metal walls of the shop have killed all wireless signals. So I had to set-up another wireless phone-system in the shop. My cell phone doesn’t work unless the big doors are open then it does.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 04-07-2007 07:33 AM

My friend nicknamed my shop “The Man Cave.”

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#13 posted 04-07-2007 07:51 AM

That reminds me… My buddies do call my project a Man-rage rather than a Garage… I worked on it for so long they tease me about it all the time (planning it out as my wife made me save all the money up front for it rather than incur more debt) that I have pretty much over done everything in there from liquid nails sticking each outlet box to the studs to installing a new sub panel and trying my darndest to get 3 phase in there to putting and alarm and flat panel TV out there with cable and internet… Plumbing & fridge for the beverages… I grew up in a home where the shop was the second living room and wanted this shop (as I make my living elsewhere ) to FEEL like a second living room where you could work on a bookcase or an ATV while hanging out with the guys or the kids.


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#14 posted 04-08-2007 06:52 PM

Looks like Drew’s shop could be the meeting place for the local woodworking guild. Or course they would all like to try your tools, and they might give them some good names.

As for me, no names for any tools yet, or even the shop. Wonder what that says about me…

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 04-08-2007 10:16 PM

I’m with you Bill, I’ve never even considering naming a tool…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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