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Workshop by Dave Polaschek posted 07-06-2017 05:08 PM 1089 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Dave Polaschek

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Dave Polaschek's Workshop    


Minneapolis, MN 55413
United States

A corner of my garage has evolved into my shop. It serves not only as a wood shop, but also houses the tools to farkle my motorcycles in the winter, so there’s a bit of seasonal chaos. One of the first projects I added to my todo list was “acquire all the tools I need to build a tool cabinet to hold all the tools I needed to build the tool cabinet.” That remains near the top of my list, but there are many detours on the way. I paused to build a frame saw and will soon finish a kerfing plane for resawing and ripping lumber. I’m slowly putting together everything needed to make wooden screws so I can build the adjustable fence for my kerfing plane as well as a new face vise for my bench. A chisel till and plane till are desperately needed, as is a saw rack.

I’ll try to update this periodically.

-- Dave - Minneapolis


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#1 posted 12-05-2017 12:29 AM

Looking good, Dave. I do like the relative lack of power this and that  … sorry I did not comment sooner … I was in London when you posted this on July 6. Good luck with all the projects! Will your tool cabinet be wall-hung or free standing? I know my work space improved greatly when I went the wall-hung route.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 01:06 AM

Thanks, Ron. I’m not certain, but I’m aiming for a wall-hung cabinet. But I’m not certain, and go through periods when I feel like I have no wall-space. My plans for now are to start with a saw and plane cabinet, which can either be part of a larger wall-hung assemblage or the top of floor-standing unit. As I’m tall with long arms, I have a little more freedom as to where things are, since I can reach so far.

There are some power things. There’s a circular saw. A 7” miter saw I got for cheap. A bench-grinder without which id be lost. A cordless drill, etc. and the garage does have electric heat. But I mostly use hand tools nowadays. The grinder does get pressed to service whenever I buy an old tool and need to remove a layer of rust with the wire wheel.

The new vise will be going left of the middle of the bench on the left. I also have the low roman bench which sits out of frame on the right (on the other side of the pickup, usually) which I use when breaking down large pieces. It’s my primary bench for prep, and then the one on the left gets used for assembly and finishing.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 12-05-2017 11:55 AM

I used to keep my tools in a tool chest, but I tired of having to keep bending over and digging around for whatever I need. I wasn’t until finding Steve Branam’s Wall-O-Tools that inspired me to come up with this …
 

 
... and believe it or not … ALL of that was in a chest!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#4 posted 12-05-2017 12:59 PM

Oh, I believe it. That’s why I think i may end up not having enough wall space. But my first bit of the build will be for saws and planes, and my idea is that the saws and planes can occupy the same space, especially if I store the saws handle up, in the door of the plane cabinet. I might even be able to put my chisels into the space below the saws.

But I want to make that carcasse with dovetailed corners, which means I need to finish my vise first so I have a place to cut dovetails. And I may build an apothecary chest similar to Bertha’s after the vise is done, in order to practice my dovetails while building drawers, in order to get a lot of my pieces-parts cleaned off the benchtop.

At some point, the existing peg-board will need to come off my walls to be replaced with French cleats. I’m hoping that’s some time in summer of 2018, but we’ll see how things go. Life has a way of changing my plans around.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 12-05-2017 01:05 PM

Oh, and your storage solution is very nicely done, Ron. I’m envisioning about the same amount of wall-space for mine, but probably with doors on everything, and with tools also stored in the doors. I just counted, and realized I already have thirteen planes, and that’s without buying the set of dado planes I might have to acquire at some point. :-/

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 12-05-2017 03:21 PM

Dave, you have a very nice shop. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://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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#7 posted 12-05-2017 03:52 PM

Thanks, Charles. It’s getting there.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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