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2/08/12
Where to start? I’ve wanted a woodshop for some twenty years, probably closer to thirty though (man I’m getting old). Been a DIY’er for that long, but NO workshop. It’s hard working (side jobs) out of a small apartment and an even smaller SUV. About a year and a half ago, I moved into yet another rental. This time however, it came with a basement!!! Yee Haa, FINALLY, I have shop space. Potential shop space that is. I started scouring CL, garage sales and of course the Big Blue & BORG. Boy, do I have a few “Tool Gloats” lined up! Problem is, that basement is jammed packed (picture the TV show Hoarders) with the lifetime collection of a wonderful 95 year old widow. That’s been my dilemma for the last year or so. Suffice it to say, after removing two dumpsters worth of STUFF, plumbing repairs, structural repairs & painting, I have a “workable” shop. My first project will be an “Air Cleaner”. Once that is done, I will do a real project.

My first real WW project will be for my mother. Who doesn’t love their mother? It will be a “Burial Flag Case” for my fathers funeral flag. He served in SAC during Korea. He also did maintenance on “Air Force One” for JFK. This project needs to be special! I could use a unique plan, if anyone has one?

My shop is in it’s infancy, as are my skills. So, please be kind as I post projects and the like, as I’m a talentless idiot!!!

I have a blog of my basement transformation: from Dugeon to Lair, should you be interested. If not here are some pictures.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

My Prize possessions, or the crap I own!

My first “Shop Project”
Router Table & Fence
Made so that I could make a real table! (some day)

Millers Falls Router

DeWalt RAS in need of love!

The “Good Stuff”

Ridgid 6” Jointer

Ridgid Oscilating Spindle Sander

Jet Bench Top Mortiser

That’s it I’m going to go now. Thanks for stopping by. Please, shut the lights off when you leave.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 799 days ago

Great looking shop and lots of cool tools.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DIYaholic

11228 posts in 1174 days


#2 posted 799 days ago

a1Jim,
Thanks for stopping by. I should’ve known you would be the first one to say hello. C’mon in, can I get you a coffee or something?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Nighthawk

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#3 posted 799 days ago

looking good … nice shop. :-)

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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degoose

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#4 posted 798 days ago

Wow you must be in seventh heaven….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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TheDane

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#5 posted 798 days ago

Thanks for posting pix of your shop!

Here is a link to the interment flag cases I built for my dad and my father-in-law …
Click for details
—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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DIYaholic

11228 posts in 1174 days


#6 posted 798 days ago

Nighthawk,
It’s getting there!

degoose,
Yes, It’s been a looong time coming!

TheDane,
You’re welcome!
And a thanks goes out to you for the link. Your Dad & Father-In-Law are shining examples of what made this country so great. You did a wonderful job honoring their lives and service.

Building a case for my father’s flag is the driving force that inspires me to set up my shop. I only hope I can do half as good of a job building my father’s case.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 798 days ago

you have a very nice collection of tools and a very good space to work in. Congratulations.

helluvawreck

https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DIYaholic

11228 posts in 1174 days


#8 posted 798 days ago

I worked two jobs last winter, ALL the paychecks from one job went towards outfitting the shop with toys, err, tools! I have to say or scream, I love Craigslist! I’ve been fortunate to score some really good deals on some nice stuff. I will probably do one HUGE tool gloat, when I have a few extra minutes.

Thanks for dropping by, helluvawreck! Stop by anytime, grab a coffee and kick your feet up.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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dbhost

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#9 posted 798 days ago

Thanks for the shop tour. Good to finally get to see where you have fun…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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DamnYankee

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#10 posted 798 days ago

Looking good! Is that a “drum sander” I see under/next to the miter saws?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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cabmaker

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#11 posted 798 days ago

Randy , looks as though you off to a good start, Determination is about as important as the tools you use. The only thing I might add is that in that basement environment dust control will critical. Enjoy the journey JB

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 798 days ago

dbhost,
Thourough is an understatement, so I didn’t have time for a “Complete” tour of your shop! I have a life, not a good one, but a life just the same, that I must get back to!!! Lol. I’ll stop in when I have a moment and have another look around your shop.
I’m doing my best to outfit my shop by any means possible; thrifty spending, inovative building and, of course, stealing every good idea that I can. Can you say CRAIGSLIST....I thought you could!!

DYankee,
No drum sander, not until I build one. I have a DeWalt RAS that I may try to make a drum sander attachment for. If that doesn’t pan out I’ll just make a free standing unit.

cabmaker,
You are so right about dust control!!! Even though you get two lungs, it’s a pretty good idea to keep them both functioning at their peak. I’m actually just taking a brake from building my ambient air cleaner, a repurposed variable speed, squirrel cage furnace blower. I’m using a 1” generic pre-filter, a 1” MERV 4 secondary filter on the intake side of things and then a 4”~5” MERV 9 filter on the exhaust end. I have upgraded my 2HP HF DC with the Wynn 35A274NANO canister filter and will soon be adding a “Top Hat” Thein Baffle pre-seperator. When my air cleaner is combined with my 2HP HF DC, that connects to ALL of my machines, I think that I’ll be able to breathe easily. I also plan on making a sanding table, just for good measure.

Well, gentlemen, I have been slacking off long enough!!! It is time to retun to the shop and build me a “Lung Retainer”, AKA an abient air cleaner.

Thanks, for stopping in and lookin’ around. Ya’ll have a nice day, week, LIFE!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DamnYankee

3165 posts in 1061 days


#13 posted 798 days ago

DIY – that was a joke about the drum sander I was referring to the dryer. You might be able to modify it into a tumbler for polishing bits of wood.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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DIYaholic

11228 posts in 1174 days


#14 posted 798 days ago

Yeah, I not that tall (5’ 8.5”, the 1/2” IS important) & it went right over my head!!!

I’m losing a lot of space in the “Workshop” with that dryer & I will soon lose even more when I move the washer next to it. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. I will be building a 6’ x 10’, dedicated “Spray/Finishing Booth”, complete with lighting, forced fresh air & vented outside, in the space they formerly occuppied. Plus I won’t have to leave the shop to do my laundry. All I need now is a microwave and mini fridge & I’ll never need to leave the shop!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DamnYankee

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#15 posted 795 days ago

Always have fresh clean shop clothes! Be sure to empty out your pockets before you wash shop clothes….not …. that ….. i ….. would …. know…. anything …....’bout …..that…...nope ….. not me…..that’s not my 6” steel ruler…..and those screws could be anyone’s

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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